By Jake Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org
Hendricks County Flyer
---- — BROWNSBURG — Plainfield volleyball coach Melany Rarey liked parts of what she saw Tuesday night, however, the whole body of work was not what the second-year coach was hoping for out of her team.
The Quakers lost focus at times and did not execute at critical points in their match against Brownsburg and it cost them.
Brownsburg’s play definitely affected the outcome, coming through in those key moments in the match, and it paid off with a 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-10) victory over its county rival.
“Plainfield is scrappy and we knew they would be scrappy,” Brownsburg coach Bob Yeager said. “We hurt ourselves in the second set with some self destruction but we worked it out as we played. We’ve been up and down this year and need to work on our consistency.”
The teams battled evenly through the first set until the Bulldogs took a 15-13 lead. Plainfield never came closer than two points to Brownsburg the rest of the way as the Bulldogs went on a 10-4 run to close out the set.
For most of the night as Plainfield would inch closer, the Bulldogs relied on their front line hitters McKenzie Mason, Avery Brown, Kayla Knox, Claire Hathaway, Hannah Midkiff and Jess VanLiew for points.
Mason (14) and Brown (9) led the Bulldogs in kills. Setting up the big hits for Brownsburg was Ally Beyers, who recorded 34 assists. Nicole Weisman and Carissa Damler tallied 15 and 13 digs, respectively.
After falling behind 21-17 and 24-21, Brownsburg could not shut the door on the Plainfield as they tied the second set 24-24. A big block by Brown and Midkiff gave the Bulldogs a one-point advantage and a mental error by Plainfield on the ensuing point gave Brownsburg a 2-0 lead.
Coming so close to tying the match and falling behind by two games seemed to rattle Plainfield as Brownsburg built an 11-3 lead en route to a dominant third-set win.
“I thought we showed up in set one and set two,” Rarey said. “I don’t have an explanation for set three. It’s not about who wants it more it comes down to details and execution and we lacked that in game three entirely.”
Mallory Wright led Plainfield with nine kills and 13 digs. Haley Alexander totaled 21 assists and teammate Kiah Ferrell recorded four blocks.