Braves to battle North Decatur in regional semifinal

Brownstown Central’s volleyball team comes off of a sectional championship at Henryville, now focusing on regional.

The Braves are scheduled to face North Decatur on Saturday in Mitchell. The game is expected to take place at 1 p.m. at Mitchell High School.

Braves coach Jennifer Shade spoke about the matchup with the Chargers.

“I think we can compete with them. I think we have better front row play and a little bit quicker offense,” she said. “If we come and play our game, we will be fine. I’m excited to see how the girls come out against North Decatur.”

Brownstown has been practicing hard all week. Shade mentioned it’s like the preseason.

“We’ve had a good week of practice. These girls have stepped up their intensity,” she said. “We’ve turned it up in practice while also working on a quicker offense and being more dominant at the net. We will have to be on our game because we know we will face big blockers this weekend.”

Shade believes the Braves are motivated heading into the weekend games.

“I’m confident in the girls this weekend,” she said. “We have spent a lot of time breaking down film during the week. I think our girls just have an extra bit of determination this week, and I’m excited to see how we play.”

The winner of the matchup between Brownstown (21-13) and North Decatur (21-11) will face North Posey (28-6) or Linton-Stockton (29-4) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

It will be a tough test for any one of these teams to make it out of the regional competition. Linton-Stockton is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, while North Posey sits at third.

The Braves are sitting at No. 5 in the class, while the Chargers come in at 27th.

If Brownstown can secure the regional championship, it will compete at either Columbus East or Jasper High School on Oct. 28.

The girls would face the winner of the Cascade bracket, which features Northeastern (23-7), Indianapolis Scecina (23-11), Cascade (23-9) and Greencastle (19-14).