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TELL CITY—Bad serves at key times hurt Tell City in a 25-20, 25-11, 25-27, 25-20 Class 2A volleyball sectional semifinal loss to Forest Park Wednesday.
The Marksmen trailed only 9-6 in the second game when they made a bad serve.
Amanda Braunecker then served eight consecutive points for Forest Park to put the Rangers up 18-6. A kill by Josalyn Ress finally ended her serving turn.
Tell City also made bad serves in the first game when trailing only 22-19 and in the fourth game when trailing only 17-15.
When the Marksmen got their serves in, Forest Park did a good job receiving them and digging and blocking their hits.
“They were just everywhere,” said Tell City Coach Dalonda Hayes. “They were touching everything—their defense covered all the holes.”
Still Hayes was pleased that “we never gave up. We worked hard and played hard.”
After losing the first two games, Tell City built a 12-3 lead in the third game as Elizabeth Kohnert served five consecutive points—one on a kill by Jamie Brinksneader.
The Rangers later tied the score 24-24 before McKenzie Hayes made a well placed kill to give the lead back to the Marksmen.
Kohnert made 10 kills for the match and Hayes added five.
Mackenzie Weyer made five blocks, including two solos, and Kohnert, Hayes and Ress each added two blocks.
Hayes had 10 assists and Ress added four.
Hayes made 14 digs, Leslie Poole 13, and Hana Reed 12.
Kohnert served two aces.
Braunecker served 22 points for Forest Park. “She had a drop ball that just came over the net but looked like it was going long,” said Dalonda Hayes.
Tell City finished the season with a 12-17 record.
Forest Park advanced to the championship match with a 15-18 record.
The Rangers went on to defeat Mater Dei 25-23, 30-28, 10-25, 15-25, 15-12 for the championship Thursday.