LHS VOLLEYBALL WINS 1ST INVITE SINCE 2015
LAWRENCEBURG - Four wins in Saturday’s Madison Invitational earned Lawrenceburg varsity volley its first championship in the eight-team event since 2015.
Now 9-0, Coach Staci Knigga’s Lady Tigers probably don’t need to be reminded that their last Madison title came in the same season that the varsity team posted its school record 33-3 season, including a conference (14-0) and Class 3A sectional title.
LHS swept the Madison field with a trio of 2-0 pool play victories, over South Ripley (25-7, 25-16), Southwestern (Hanover) (25-16, 25-8) and host - and frequent nemesis -Madison (25-10, 25-21).
Matched against Rock Creek Academy, of Sellersburg, (8-2) in the championship round, Tigers prevailed in three sets, 25-16, 16-25, 15-13, led by 10 kills in 25-32 attacks by freshman Cora Taylor and another 9 kills in 16-18 spikes by junior Juliana Kemper.
Kemper led the way at the net with 6 block assists, while senior McKenna Lorton and sophomore Bay Hinkle added two block assists each.
Lawrenceburg’s service game also was led by Kemper, with 4 aces on 7-8 at the line. Lorton and Taylor added two aces apiece, on 15-16 and 8-9.
Junior Emma Sandford and Taylor topped LHS defenders with 10 digs each, with Hinkle chipping in six.
Hinkle’s 23 assists in a perfect 73-for-73 ball handling chances kept the Lady Tigers’ offense moving.
Sandford sparked the team in serve receptions on 25-28, with Taylor 13-14 receiving serve.
Rock Creek was led by sophomores Ligia Williams and Leah Thompson, with 7 and 6 kills, respectively. Lauren Schmidt contributed 7 solo blocks for the Lions and Williams added 6.
Lawrenceburg moved its Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference mark to 3-0 by following with a 3-1 victory (25-16, 27-25, 21-25, 25-8) at Batesville.