Medora defeats Crothersville in Jackson County matchup

CROTHERSVILLE — Medora made some defensive strands in the third and fourth sets to defeat Crothersville 25-14, 20-25, 25-14, 25-19 in varsity volleyball action on the Tigers’ floor on Thursday night.

Hornets coach Hanna Hinderlider said her team played good defense at times against New Washington on Tuesday night, and it carried over to Thursday’s win.

“They did a lot better covering the tips,” Hinderlider said. “They did better with the digs and transitioning on and off the net. That is something we’ve really been working on in practice. We had been struggling with that, and tonight, they really did a good job.”

Crothersville held a 12-9 lead in the first set when Jenna Bowers served seven straight points, including six aces, to put the Hornets in front to stay. Set point came on an attacking error by Crothersville.

The Tigers broke a 4-4 tie in the second set and scored five straight points, including four aces by Brooklyn Bottorff. Bottorff had a kill for set point.

Medora moved on top 10-4 in the third set to lead all the way. Lillian Hatchett had a kill for set point.

The fourth set was tied at 3 before the Hornets went on a 5-0 run with Laykin Hinderlider scoring four aces during the rally.

The Hornets were up 12-7 when the Tigers’ Zoey Prince served five straight points to close the difference to 13-12. Medora held leads of 20-15 and 22-18 before outscoring the Tigers 3-1 at the end. Match point came on a passing error by the Tigers.

Coach Hinderlider said, “Our serves kind of hurt us, but they made up for that with everything else.”

Crothersville coach Scott Sage said, “Medora made more positive plays than we did. All the credit goes to Medora. We will continue to work hard in practice to limit our mistakes and get better.”

Leading servers for the Tigers were Bottorff with 18-19-7, Maddie Smith 8-9-3 and Grace Smith 13-13.

Bottorff was 19-25-8 in attacks, Grace Smith was 5-5-4 and Prince was 12-13-2.

Maddie Smith had 19 digs, and Prince and Elayna Ord each had 13. Grace Smith was 59-59-12 in sets.

Medora (3-5) will have a Southern Roads Conference match at Cannelton at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Crothersville (1-11) will play at Austin next Friday night.