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By LARRY GOFFINET
FERDINAND—Strong frontline play by McKenzie Hayes, Logan Flannagan and Kassidie Hayes helped Tell City beat Perry Central 25-22, 25-20, 25-17 in the Class 2A volleyball sectional semifinals Saturday afternoon.
“I told them if Logan and Kassidie are on, we have a great chance of winning, and they played their hearts out,” said Tell City Coach Dalonda Hayes.
McKenzie Hayes made 17 kills, Flannagan nine kills and two solo blocks, and Kassidie Hayes six kills and one block.
Blocks are officially credited only when they result directly in a point, but “we got a hand on a lot of” Perry Central hits, noted Dalonda Hayes. That kept Perry Central from getting quite as many kills as usual.
The first game was tied 12 times and the teams were never separated by more than two points until Flannagan served two consecutive points to put the Marksmen up 20-16.
Perry Central’s Hannah Harpenau made a kill to end Flannagan’s serving turn, but the Commodores followed that with their fourth bad serve of the game.
Tell City led by at least three the rest of the game, scoring the final point on a kill by Flannagan.
The second game was also close nearly all the way.
Flannagan made a block to put Tell City up 21-18. The teams then traded points until Tell City scored the last two on a bad serve and a mis-hit by the Commodores.
Stori Beard served three consecutive points—one on an ace and one on a kill by McKenzie Hayes—to give the Marksmen a 17-12 lead in the third game.
They led by at least four the rest of the way. Kassidie Hayes made a kill to put them up 23-17 and then Charissa Lahee served the final two points, the last one coming when Perry Central’s return went out of bounds.
Beard led Tell City servers with 10 points, including two aces, and made 13 digs. Lahee had 35 assists.
Harpenau led Perry Central with 11 kills. Sydney Goffinet and Jordan Sprinkle each added eight and Ashley Gengelbach made four.
Grace James had 23 assists and made two blocks.
Brittany Parker made 13 digs, Jennifer Kemp 12, and Harpenau 11. Harpenau served two aces.
“We just didn’t play well,” said Perry Central Coach Becky Genet. “Tell City played well and we didn’t put it together.”
“It was probably the best game we’ve played in passing, blocking, defense, everything,” said Dalonda Hayes. “Perry Central is a great team.”
Tell City advanced to the championship match with a 27-3 record. Perry Central finished the season 24-7.