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North Central defeats WRV, loses to Eastern Greene

By B.J. Hargis

In a sectional preview, North Central needed five sets to defeat host White River Valley 24-26, 25-15, 28-26, 24-26, 15-10 in a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference volleyball match on Wednesday.
The two teams will meet again on the same court at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the opening round of the Class A White River Valley Sectional 57.
The Ladybirds won its seventh contest overall with its second conference win.
“It wan outstanding game and we just happened to be on the winning side in the end,” said North Central coach Matt Rinck. “We didn’t just play WRVs team, We played their student section as well because they were a force on their own. They both will be tougher next Thursday at the sectional.”
Cheany Deckard and Samantha Johns each had 16 kills while Males McCoskey and Amber May both were credited with 17 digs.
Brinley Stone dished out 51 assists and served eight aces. Zoe Lowrance was credited with eight blocks.
“We didn’t quit. Once again, we found ourselves in familiar spots as last year or earlier this year and in those times we collapsed, but not tonight,” said Rinck. “Our heart came out tonight and pushed us through.
“We played as a team and were mostly focused. In the end, we had fun. I was proud of them.”
WRV won the JV match in straight sets.
North Central dropped to 7-18 with a 25-27, 17-25, 21-25 loss at Eastern Greene in another conference game on Thursday. They finished 2-5 in the SWIAC.
The JV team fell to Eastern Greene 15-25, 13-25.
“This wasn’t the best nor was it the worst team outing,” Rinck said of losing at EG.
The Ladybirds will host Riverton Parke to conclude the regular season on Monday.

North Central varsity stats
vs WRV
Aces — Brinley Stone 8, Malee McCoskey 7, Cheany Deckard 5, Amber May 2,  Zoe Lowrance 2
Kills — Deckard 16, Samantha Johns 16, McCosky 11, Lowrance 7, Chantell Bender 6, Haley Jordan 1, Stone 1
Blocks — Lowrance 8, Johns 4, Deckard 2, Stone 2
Assists — Stone 51,  McCoskey 2
Digs — McCosky 17, May 17, Deckard 14, Stone 8,  Jordan 6, Lowrance 2.

North Central varsity stats
vs. Eastern Greene
Kills — McCoskey 6, Lowrance 4, Bender 4, Johns 4, Deckard 2,
Digs — May 21, McCoskey 20,  Deckard 14, Stone 12, Jordan 4, Hood 3, Bender 3, Lowrance 2,
Blocks — Johns 2, Lowrance 2,
Aces — Lowrance 3,  McCoskey 2,
Assists — Stone 18, McCoskey 1, Lowrance 1,

North Central JV stats
vs. Eastern Greene
Kills — Bender 7,  Madison Hood 4, Madison Hooker 3, Makenzee Shepard-Wilson 1.
Digs — Sarah Shake 8, Desiree Norman 4, Bender 3, Racheal Nichols 2, Beverly Nichols 1, Lauren Fisher 1, Hood 1.
Blocks — Hooker 1.
Aces — Norman 3, Bender 1, R. Nichols 1,
Assists — Norman 10.

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