CORYDON — Silver Creek repeated as regional champs on Saturday, easing third-ranked Evansville Memorial 25-19, 25-13, 25-19 in the Class 3A Corydon Central final to earn another trip to the semistate.
Senior Kiersten Cooper had a dominate night, slamming home 20 kills — an effort that even left Dragons coach Jeff Zimmerman searching for superlatives.
“I’ve coached a lot of volleyball and you just don’t see a lot of 20-kill nights,” Zimmerman said. “Especially in a three-gamer like this. She dominated.”
Cooper and the Dragons (32-6), who knocked off Greensburg 25-16, 25-12, 25-13 in the first semifinal Saturday morning, will face fifth-ranked Northview (35-2) in next Saturday’s semi-state at Jasper at approximately 6pm. It is the fifth regional title and second straight for Silver Creek.
It sets up another shot at the state finals for the Dragons, who lost in last year’s semi-state to Brebeuf Jesuit in four sets.
“This year we’ll have a whole lot of girls who have been there now,” Zimmerman said. “We’ll have six seniors who were all there a year ago, whereas last year it was a first-time-for-everybody type of thing.”
Silver Creek led Saturday’s opening set 17-16 before finishing with an 8-3 flurry to close it out.
In the second, the Dragons were on top 13-10 when Alisha Harbold reeled off four straight service points and Creek scored 12 of the final 15 points to take a 2-set advantage.
“When you get those first two, the pressure all goes to the other side,” Zimmerman said. “It’s huge to grab that advantage like that.”
Creek closed it out with another late flurry in the third, which was tied 15-15 before a 10-4 finish put an end to things.
Karli Ware tallied 10 kills and 10 digs in the win for the Dragons, while Harbold totaled three aces. Zoie Zimmerman and Macie Garrison led the Dragons with 11 digs apiece.
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