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Commodores’ hitting depth destroys Rebels

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By LARRY GOFFINET
Sports Editor

FERDINAND—A balanced spiking attack and Brittany Parker’s strong serving helped Perry Central beat South Spencer 25-16, 25-8, 25-14 in the first round of the Forest Park volleyball sectional Thursday.
Six different players made kills for Perry Central, led by Hannah Harpenau with 13, Sydney Goffinet nine, and Ashley Gengelbach and Jordan Sprinkle with six apiece.
Grace James had 24 assists.
“We’ve got four hitters there, and Grace (a 5-foot-10 setter) can put it down,” said Perry Central Coach Becky Genet about her team’s spiking depth. “Brittany is capable of putting it down too (despite being only 5-2) because of the way she attacks the ball.”
Parker’s main contributions in this match, though, were her back-row serving and digging. She went 21 for 21 serving with two aces and made a team-high 15 digs.
The third game was the only one in which the Rebels seriously threatened.
They led 8-6 before Parker served 13 consecutive points—despite South Spencer Coach Dale White’s calling two timeouts to try to break her momentum—to put the Commodores in control.
“She has a floater-type serve and it drops—it’s difficult to handle,” said Genet. “And now she’s even starting to place it more.”
Harpenau made two kills—including one off a free ball—during that streak. Goffinet added a power kill on the final point of that streak.
James and Parker each made a kill as Lynsay Goffinet served three consecutive points, including an ace, to put Perry Central ahead 8-2 in the first game.
Jennifer Kemp served four consecutive points as the Commodores built a 10-2 lead in the second game.
Kemp made 14 digs and Harpenau added 10 to back Parker in that department.
Gengelbach and James each made two blocks. Harpenau served three aces.
Perry Central advanced to Saturday’s semifinals with a 24-6 record. South Spencer finished the season 3-17.