BROWNSTOWN — The title will stay in Sellersburg.
Silver Creek’s volleyball team beat Brownstown Central 25-23, 26-24, 25-23 on Saturday to repeat as the Class 3A Sectional 30 champions.
By topping the Braves, the Dragons now own eight sectional crowns in the program’s history.
“It’s huge,” Dragons coach Jeff Zimmerman said. “We have six seniors from the semistate team and they have kind of been through it. They showed a lot of grit. We knew that Brownstown was a great team.”
In the opening set, the teams tied the score eight times.
Tied at 17, the Dragons used a 5-0 run, which was spurred by a block from Kiersten Cooper, to go up 22-17.
The Dragons (30-6) maintained the lead until a service error and kill by the Braves’ Keeli Darlage cut the deficit to 24-23. On the next point, Cooper delivered a kill to put the visitors up 1-0.
Silver Creek took the momentum into the second set, constructing a 9-3 advantage. The Braves (30-6) chipped away at the deficit until tying the game at 22 points.
After tying again at 23 and 24, the Dragons were able to hold on to take the second set.
“In that second set, even though we got that big lead, we knew they weren’t going anywhere,” Zimmerman said. “I was super proud of our kids for showing grit.”
Brownstown built a 6-2 lead to start the third set, and held the lead until a a 5-0 run by the Dragons tied it at 21.
The Dragons took the next three points before a kill by Addie Wilkerson brought it to 24-23.
One last hit by the Dragons’ front wasn’t returned by the Braves, sealing the match.
Cooper led the Dragons with 16 kills and Karli Ware added 10 to go along with 16 digs. Zoie Zimmerman topped SC in digs with 17 and Macie Garrison had 32 assists.
Serving, the Braves went 56-for-69 with three aces. The Dragons went 68-for-75 with seven aces.
“I thought we served really aggressive,” Zimmerman said. “I know that was their plan too. We knew that our ball control and serve-receive was good. Cooper is a beast, she is a one of a kind player.”
The victory also avenged a a four-setter that the Dragons lost to the Braves in the regular season which decided the Mid-Southern Conference.
The Dragons will play Greensburg in the first round of the Corydon Central Regional on Saturday at 11am. Should they advance, they will face the winner of Vincennes Lincoln and Evansville Memorial in the championship at 7:30pm.
“We know there is going to be a lot of great competition,” Zimmerman said. “It won’t be a cake-walk.”
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The Lady Dragons opening round match against Greensburg will be livstreamed by following this link: http://seilocalsports.com/sport/volleyball/