Times Staff Report
GREENCASTLE -- The Clay City Eels got off to a slow start on the road against South Putnam on Thursday evening, but a loss in the opening game sparked the team to a 20-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-20 victory.
"I was very pleased with how the girls came back and won the match after dropping game one," coach LuAnne Anderson said. "We dug too big of a hole for ourselves in the first game. We just didn't seem mentally ready to play."
The Eels got a very strong passing game from Olivia Schindler, who spread out 23 assists to aid the team's 36 combined kills. Shaya Stevenson added nine assists to the attack to go with three digs, four points and a service ace. Schindler added eight points, five aces and three digs.
"We have to become tougher mentally if we are going to compete against some of the teams on our schedule. Game two was much better. We never got behind and just stayed positive," Anderson said. "Games three and four were a little tougher. We started off game three down by two straight serves from South Putnam. Fortunately for us the girls were able to pull themselves together and battle back to take the lead."
Lynsey Higgins led the offensive attack with 11 kills to go with a 13-point match with four digs, three blocks and four aces. Both Shelby Hane and Brielle Drelick had six kills apiece with Callie Dayhuff adding seven along with five digs, 10 service points and four aces. Drelick posted six digs and four points for the Eels.
Halli Brewer had three kills and two blocks with Asie Jeffers recording two kills as well. On defense, LaKyla Cook had seven digs and Chloe Kittle had five points and three aces in the win.
"Overall it was a better match tonight compared to the match we played on Tuesday - this is what we want," Anderson said. "We want to continue to get better each time we step on the floor, so by the time October rolls around we hope to be playing our very best volleyball."
Clay City (2-0 overall, 1-0 SWIAC) travels to Cloverdale for a match on Tuesday evening.
At South Putnam
Next match: Clay City visits Cloverdale on Tuesday at 6 p.m.