Clay City's record season ends with regional loss to Tigers
Times Staff Report
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Clay City Eels literally had a tall task in front of it in Tuesday night's regional volleyball match against Indianapolis Tindley.
Facing a Tigers' squad that featured six-foot-three inch Amiya Jones, the Eels played right with the home squad in the opening game before falling 25-19, 25-12, 25-18.
The loss ends a superb 26-8 season for Clay City, which won its first sectional since 2012 and set a record for victories in a season.
The first set was the best for the Eels as Clay City used a 5-0 run to take a lead in the opening game, but the Tigers went back to Jones, who would end up with 17 kills and six blocks in the match. The Tigers were able to pull away down the stretch to take a 25-19 win and go up a set versus the Eels.
The second game was all Tigers however as Tindley jumped out to a six-point lead early against Clay City and was able to stretch that gap to 17-4 before the Eels could rebound.
The Eels were able to gain a bit of momentum in the second set by scoring eight of the final 16 points in the game. Clay City carried that into the third set and went ahead 8-4, but the Tigers went back to Jones, who affected the Eels on both offense and defense.
Avalee Jeffers would post eight kills and four blocks for Clay City with Chelsey Smith adding four kills. The Tigers were able to limit Kyndall Boyll to two kills in the match, though she also contributed two blocks. Shaylee Swearingen posted three kills in the match.
Tindley found its balance once again and strung together a 9-1 run to re-take the lead and wouldn't look back while closing out the win.
Clay City finishes 26-8 overall while Tindley advances to face Hauser at the Loogootee Semi-state at 11 a.m.
Indianapolis Tindley Regional
Clay City stats: Lindsey Steiner 9 digs and a point; Chelsey Smith 4 kills, a block, an assist and a dig; Madelyn Ames had 10 assists, 4 digs and 4 points; Addie Kittle 7 digs, a kill, 7 points and 3 aces; Emily Yocom 7 assists, 2 digs, 5 points and 2 aces; Avalee Jeffers 8 kills, 4 blocks and a dig; Shaylee Swearingen 3 kills and 3 digs; Kyndall Boyll 2 kills, 2 blocks and a dig; and Lilly Langley a dig.