SELLERSBURG – Host Silver Creek outlasted Brownstown in a 5-set thriller to gain control of the Mid-Southern Conference standings Thursday night.
The Dragons (16-2, 6-0 MSC), which will face Brownstown again next Saturday in the Ultra Ankle tournament at New Albany, looked poised to blow the Braves (11-7, 4-1) out of the gymnasium after easily capturing the first two sets.
Brownstown wrested the momentum back from the hosts in the third and fourth sets and it appeared as if the Dragons would face an uphill challenge in the final frame.
“It’s always tough to beat Brownstown,” Silver Creek coach Jeff Zimmerman said. “They dig out everything and play great defense. I’m proud of our girls. They didn’t get too frustrated, they kept battling, and we were able to get a great win and take the lead in the conference race, which was one of our goals.”
In the fifth and final frame, the Dragons took a 9-6 lead following a kill from outside hitter Ashlee Ullrich. It was 13-8 after Karli Ware blocked a kill attempt from Brownstown’s Keeli Darlage, but the Braves forced Silver Creek into one more anxious moment after capturing the next two points — off of a missed Dragon kill attempt and kill from Darlage.
But consecutive kills from Kiersten Cooper — who led all hitters on the contest with 19 kills — finally put the Braves away.
In the third and fourth sets, Zimmerman said he felt his squad lost its focus and allowed the Braves to change the momentum and energy level in the contest, but he also said he was pleased with the composure his squad showed in finally putting Brownstown away.
“They powered through, and Macie [Garrison] started finding the right people to set,” Zimmerman said. “They stole the momentum from us and we let down a little bit, but we were able to get through it and get the win.”
The Dragons defeated the Braves in three sets in a tournament in August, and will face off again at 4 p.m. next Saturday at the Doghouse.
“It was good to be able to put this one behind us and again get ahead in the conference race,” Zimmerman said. “It’s going to be another battle next Saturday though.”
Garrison contributed 52 assists in the win. Darlage paced the Braves with 14 kills.
SILVER CREEK 3, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 2
Silver Creek 25 25 22 18 15
Brownstown 15 12 25 25 10
Kills: Silver Creek — Kiersten Cooper 19, Karli Ware 16, Amy Mobley 12, Ashlee Ullrich 7, Bella Hinton 7; Brownstown — Keeli Darlage 14, Claire Pace 12, Grace Jaynes 9
Assists: Silver Creek — Macie Garrison 52.
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