DANVILLE — Despite playing visiting Beech Gove very closely Thursday night, the Danville girls’ volleyball team came away with both positives and negatives from its loss.
Danville (4-6) played well in spurts but faltered at key moments and Beech Grove (4-7) took advantage for a 25-22, 25-22, 15-25, 25-15 win.
“We came out pretty strong and we’ve been working a lot on playing together as a team and keeping our intensity up,” Danville coach Shea Pierson said. “I thought we lacked some intensity tonight and in set two we were up, but didn’t have a lot of spunk.”
Net play was crucial for both teams and each had one player dominate in that area. Danville sophomore Olivia Hartman finished with 11 kills and seven blocks.
“She’s a captain and is a huge presence at the net and at the serving line,” Pierson said. “We look for big things from her.”
Beech Grove junior Lizzie Giller was equally effective for the Hornets, disrupting the Warriors on several fronts.
“Lizzie has been our number one threat this year and we rely on her,” Beech Grove coach Lindsey Hall said.
Danville built a sizable lead in the first set before Beech Grove took a 14-13 edge. The Hornets took a 20-15 advantage and the Warriors closed to 23-20, but couldn’t get any closer.
Beech Grove tried to maintain its momentum in the second set. However, behind the strong serving of Emma Deaton, Danville took an 11-6 lead and tried to carry that to victory.
But Beech Grove mounted a strong comeback and rallied, tying the match at 22-22. The Hornets went on to finish off the Warriors with a 3-0 run.
“I think we did a great job of not giving up and everyone stepped up and did what was needed,” Hall said.
The outcome was disappointing for Pierson and the Warriors, as it was an example of what they came into the match not wanting to do. Danville had a chance to even things up and close out a game, but could not get it done.