Raiders stop Marksmen's attack

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY—Tell City couldn’t get its spiking attack going consistently as it lost to Southridge 25-12, 25-21, 25-11 in PAC volleyball Thursday.

The Marksmen were playing shorthanded, with McKenzie Hayes (mild concussion) and Leslie Poole (hamstring) both sidelined by injuries.

“We had a lot of people out of position, especially in the back row,” said Tell City Coach Dalonda Hayes.

With McKenzie Hayes out, Josalyn Ress, a junior who had not been a setter since junior high, volunteered to set. She finished with eight assists, second on the team to Miranda Zuelly’s 10.

Elizabeth Kohnert led the Marksmen in kills with seven. Brittney Harth and Jamie Brinksneader each added six. Harth also made three blocks.

Southridge scored seven consecutive points in the first game to build a 14-6 lead before Harth ended the Raiders’ serve with a kill.

But a rotation violation by Tell City gave the serve right back to the Raiders and gave them another point.

“It was my fault,” Dalonda Hayes said of the call. “Sometimes the libero substitution just gets me out of whack, especially when I’m putting her in for three girls, as I was tonight.”

After trailing 14-8 in the second game, Tell City came back to tie the score 20-20, with Harth and Kohnert each making kills in that span.

But Southridge scored the next two points and three straight at the end of the game to win it.

A kill by Ress put Tell City ahead 5-4 in the third game. But Southridge scored the next five points and led by at least four the rest of the way.

Courtney Young led Tell City in digs with six, and Kohnert and Hana Reed each added four.

No one served more than one ace for the Marksmen.

Southridge won the junior varsity match 25-20, 25-21.

Megan Austin had 11 kills and Mackenzie Weyer made 10 kills and five blocks, including four solos, for Tell City.

Charissa Lahee had 31 assists and Brianna Simpson made five digs.

The schools split two C-team games, with Tell City winning the first one 25-18 and Southridge taking the second one 25-21.

Devin Marchand made six good spikes and two blocks for Tell City in that match. Stori Beard added five spikes and two blocks.

Lahee served three aces and had two assists.

Tell City, 0-2 in varsity and JV play, will host Evansville Memorial Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.