Lady Miners drop Union in four
DUGGER -- The Linton-Stockton Lady Miners staked their claim to the second spot in the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference volleyball race with a 20-25, 25-16, 25-12, 24-12 win here over host Union Thursday night.
The Lady Miners wrap up their SWIAC slate with a 7-1 record. They improved their overall mark to 16-11.
And maybe more importantly they've set their sights on next year's league title.
"It sets us up for a good spot next year with Eastern Greene being No. 1 obviously they're going to lose some of their good players this year and it puts us in a good position for next year," Lady Miner coach Jill Fougerousse said. "I like the fact that we can hang in there with everybody, so it's a great thing."
While Fougerousse and her squad are basking in the glow of trailing only the Class 2A No. 4-ranked Lady Thunderbirds in the SWIAC standings, getting there wasn't as easy as it might have seemed coming into Thursday's match.
Whether it was a bit of overconfidence or just the fact that the Lady Bulldogs are on the upswing under new coach Mike Voigtschild, Linton-Stockton found themselves in a dogfight -- pun intended -- in the opening set.
"It's the story of the whole season," Voigtschild said. "They came out on fire and then when our girls realized they could win, they played hard the whole first set."
The Lady Bulldogs (3-14, 1-6 SWIAC) came out with guns ablaze and provided more than an adequate challenge to their guests.
"A lot of it's emotion and I'm proud of the girls' efforts," Voigtschild said. "They look a lot better than we've looked in a long time."
Union used a pair of solid scoring runs, a 12-2 march that helped them erase and early defecit and a 10-5 grind to finish the set.
Unfortuately for Voightschild and the Lady Bulldogs, as the match wore on, it was a case of diminishing returns.
"When they started hitting the ball with a hard serve we can't capitalize and get anything going on the offense," he said. "We're constantly on the defense. Plus I thought Linton came back really tough in the last three sets, I give them a lot of credit."
In the second set they were unable to withstand an early Linton-Stockton advantage.
The Lady Bulldogs' efforts forced three deadlocks in the set and two lead changes. The Lady Miners finished things off with a 13-6 run to even the match at a set piece.
Their closing charge spilled over into the next two sets as they appeared to take any momentum that the Lady Bulldogs might have earned from their first set win and ran off to big leads, never letting up.
Union never led in either of the final two sets and the last two sets were never tied at any point.
"We actually changed out lineup a little bit and we started serving more aggressively," Fougerousse said. "Carlie Booe came in and gave us some passing stability in the back row and stepped up our defensive aggressiveness."
Booe finished the finished with eight digs.
"She did serve recieve very well tonight," Fougerousse said. "So it was a nice job from her tonight."
Just for the record the Lady Miners did their damage shorthanded. Senior middle hitter Courtney Barnes was absent, which Fougerousse said could have had a mental effect on her team from the outset.
"They were very disturbed by the fact that Courtney wasn't here and we had a different lineup," Fougerousse said. "We've played without Courtney before against South Knox and were successful -- tonight they just kind of looked like a deer in headlights with the different lineup.
"The first set we played probably the worst we've played all year."
Macy Fidler stepped up in the place of Barnes and helped secure the win with a match high tally of 19 kills while Brianne Karazsia checked out with eight kills in support.
"Macy turned it on a little bit more," Fougerousse said. "She a few errors and then Brianne Karazsia turned it on for us as well."
Autumn Secrest led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 kills.
Defensively Voigtschild was impressed with the play of Korissa Jobe who had 14 digs
"Korissa did an outstanding job digging balls tonight," he said. "That's not been said a lot about her. Plus she just came off being sick last weekend."
Union claimed the junior varsity match with a 25-20, 25-14 score.
The Lady Miners play Monday at Vincennes Lincoln while Union plays the same night at Class A No. 4 Loogootee.
Linton-Stockton varsity stats
Ashley Cooper - 10-10 serving, 1 ace, 25 digs.
Carlie Booe - 5-6 serving, 1 ace, 8 digs.
Courtney Johnson - 16-18 serving, 2 aces, 4kills, 8 digs.
Libbi Fougerousse - 24-25 serving, 7 aces, 8 digs, 40 assists.
Cassidy Clothier - 9-9 serving, 7 kills, 17 digs.
Brianne Karazsia - 8 kills, 3 block assists, 1 dig.
Emma Brewer - 7 kills, 1 dig.
Macy Fidler - 11-12 serving, 1 ace, 3 digs, 3 block assists, 19 kills.
Carlie Williams - 1 dig.
Avaree Dunn - 2-2 serving, 1 dig.
Linton-Stockton junior varsity stats
Carlie Williams -- 6 assists, 6 digs, 5-6 serving, 1 ace.
Avaree Dunn -- 6 kills, 1 assist, 3 digs, 8-8 serving, 2 aces.
Amanda Henico -- 1 kill, 3 digs, 2-2 serving.
Becky Zygai -- 3-4 serving, 1 ace, 1 dig.
Kennedy Camden -- 1 kill, 1 solo block, 3 digs, 4-5 serving, 1 ace.
Morgan Cox -- 6-9 serving, 2 aces.
Union varsity stats
Conner Kendall -- 4-4 serving, 11 digs, 1 assist, 2 kills.
Courteney Collins -- 2 digs.
Korissa Jobe -- 14 digs.
Olivia Pinkston -- 14-14 serving, 3 aces, 2 digs, 5 kills, 1 block.
Autumn Secrest -- 10-10 serving, 3 aces, 10 digs, 10 assists, 13 kills.
Paige Passen -- 5-5 serving, 3 digs, 5 kills.
Brandi Martindale -- 6-6 serving, 1 ace, 4 digs, 11 assists, 3 kills.
Kolbi Reynolds -- 11-11 serving, 1 ace, 1 dig, 2 kills.
Shania Hale -- 1 dig.
Hannah Sullivan -- 1 dig.
Union junior varsity stats
Hannah Rennick -- 5-6 serving, 2 aces, 4 digs, 1 kill, 1 assist.
McKayla Ellis -- 7-8 serving, 1 ace, 9 digs, 2 kills.
Sydney Smith -- 11-11 serving, 1 ace, 2 assists, 5 digs, 2 kills.
Shania Hale -- 6-8 serving, 2 aces, 3 assists, 9 digs.
Hannah Sullivan -- 8-9 serving, 1 ace, 5 digs, 2 kills.
Aiyana Maze -- 6-6 serving, 2 digs.
Kimberly Witvoet -- 5 digs, 2 kills.