The Lady Pirates improve their record to (9-6 & MSC 4-2) after an impressive conference win on the road against Eastern (5-11 & MSC 2-4). Head coach Tammy Nuxoll was very pleased with her teams performance last night.
“We came out strong and Eastern made some mistakes to help us win the first set. The second set Eastern cut down on their errors and we had trouble stringing points together. The third set we played more consistent and were able to win. In the fourth set, we were down 15-21 when I called my last time out. After that we decided to wake up and play. Kayleigh Smith was unstoppable and earned 9 of her 19 kills for the night in the fourth set. Her offense was attributed to good defense behind her and good setting decisions. Peyton Crace really helped us with her serving in the final stretch of the win by earning 6 service points to end the match. I’m proud of the whole team for their efforts overcoming a 15-21 deficit in the fourth to win the final set 26-24. Kyra Sharp also contributed to the offense with 11 kills and Kylie McConnell had 8 kills. Savannah McClellan, Kayleigh Smith and Alyssa Heal helped with passing and Kyra Sharp contributed 5 digs while Abbi East had 4 digs. We used a different line up tonight and I’m happy with the way the girls adapted and supported each other. We will be back at it tomorrow night at home against Lanesville.”
The Lady Pirate volleyball team traveled to Crawford County today for a four team tournament and came away runners up to the host school after beating both Orleans (25-15, 25-15) and Mitchell (25-21, 25-16). Coach Tammy Nuxoll said, “The first two matches of the tournament I thought we played well. Our blocking was good in the first two sets and we had some good serving. [But the Wolfpack] “came out to win in the final match and we couldn’t put a ball down due to their blocking and defense.” The Lady Pirates fell to Crawford County in two (8-25, 8-25).
Overall, on the day Kayleigh Smith had 11 kills and Kyra Sharp had 10 kills and nine digs. Lanae Crowe contributed 9 aces and Kylie McConnell had 6 aces. Coach Nuxoll credited Abbi East and Kyra Sharp for a nice job of passing.”Although I wish we would have showed up to play against Crawford Co. in the final match, I thought the first two matches were good wins for us,” said Nuxoll.
The Lady Pirates will take Monday to prepare for a very busy week of playing. They travel to Eastern on Tuesday for a Mid Southern Conference matchup, host Lanesville on Wednesday, hit the road again on Thursday for yet another MSC dual at Salem, and cap off the week in the Borden Invitational on Thursday. Eastern and Salem sit just behind Charlestown in the MSC standings so our Lady Pirates certainly hope to capture those two road wins this week.
The Lady Pirates rallied back from a 0-2 deficit against the North Harrison Lady Cougars in a classic MSC showdown last night. The Lady Pirates (now 5-5; MSC 3-2) came back to win three consecutive matches (18-25, 25-27, 25-19, 25-23, 15-11) after falling behind 0-2.
“I’m really proud of my program tonight. Both the JV and Varsity were very close matches against a good North Harrison team. I found out tonight that my starting middle was going to be out for a while due to a knee injury, so I had to switch some players around but the whole team worked hard and really stepped up! Every set was close and hard fought by both teams. It was good to see my team’s resilience after being down two sets and fighting their way back. Kayleigh Smith stepped up and covered the middle for us tonight and contributed six kills. Junior, Savannah Spencer played the best game I have ever seen her play and led the offense with 13 kills. Kyra Sharp had 9 kills and 5 service aces. My primary passers, Savannah McClellan, Kyra Sharp, Peyton Crace and Abbi East did their job when we really needed them to. We need to carry this momentum into our tournament this weekend at Crawford Co.” said Head Coach Tammy Nuxoll after the very impressive Pirate victory.
The Lady Pirates are back in action this weekend as they have a tournament at Crawford Co.
The Lady Pirate volleyball team collected another win last night at home against Madison Shawe in three sets (27-25, 25-16, and 25-7)
Coach Tammy Nuxoll had this to say about the match: “We started out strong against Shaw with strong serving from Savannah McClellan and had a 17-7 lead but got stuck in a rotation and let them score 13 points in a row. We just cannot do that against any opponent. We we able to hang on with Kayleigh Smith scored some big points at the end of the set to allow us to win 27-25. We played a little better each set and were able to put things away in the third set. Lanae’ Crowe did a nice job mixing up the sets and ended the night with 27 assists. Kayleigh Smith and Savannah McClellan had 8 kills each and Kyra Sharp had seven kills. Abbi East had a good nice passing to help the offense. Savannah McClellan had a great night serving and ended up breaking a school record with 9 aces on the night. The previous record was set in 2016 by Amelia McCoy who had 7 aces in one match. We need to increase our focus for a tough conference matchup tomorrow night against North Harrison.”
CHS JV won 25-9, 25-12
(Story Contribution by WPMQ Staff Member Jas Bruce)
(Photo credit: Melissa Stewart)
In last night’s volleyball match at Silver Creek, the Lady Pirates lost 2-0 to a top ranked team in the state but it was not without positives from Coach Nuxoll.
“Tonight we played against a really good Silver Creek team. They are ranked in the top ten in the state for a good reason. Despite the scores, I’m was pleased with my team’s composure on the court. They still worked for points and maintained a positive attitude and showed good teamwork. Kayleigh Smith led the offense with four kills and showed good leadership on the court,” reported Coach Tammy Nuxoll.
Final scores were:
CHS JV lost to SC C team 25-24, 6-25, 9-25
CHS JV lost to SC JV 25-19, 25-15
CHS Varsity lost to SC 14-25, 13-25, 13-25
The Lady Pirates will host Madison Shawe on Wednesday. JV will begin at 6:00.
(WPMQ Staff contribution by Brady Latham)
Charlestown’s Kaleigh Smith goes for the kill.
The Charlestown Lady Pirates (3-4 & 2-1 MSC) earned a hard fought victory against the Southwestern Lady Rebels (6-4) 25-19, 13-25, 23-25, 25-16, 25-12.
“Tonight was a hard fought match between both schools. We came off two hard loses last week where we didn’t play our best, but I’m proud that the girls were able to regroup and play together tonight as a team. We played consistent the first match, but had trouble in the second when Southwestern started running their middle. The third set was a hard fought battle. We played well, but just had a few off plays at the end. Despite the close loss, it was good to see the girls not give up and play even harder to win the fourth. The final set we had a 5-0 lead, but let them creep back to 12-13. It was good to see us hang on to the finish. I cannot say enough good things about our passing tonight. Our primary passers: Savannah McClellan, Kyra Sharp, Abbi East, Peyton Crace and Kayleigh Smith stepped it up tonight which was a key to our success. All of the hitters had positive hitting percentages. Kyra Sharp led in kills with 11 and Korea Tutt was a close second with 10 kills and also had 3 blocks. Kayleigh Smith also contributed 8 kills. Southwestern always has a strong team so this was a good win for us. We will work to carry our positive start this week into our away match against Silver Creek on Thursday“, reported Lady Pirate Head Coach Tammy Nuxoll. The Lady Pirates are back in action Thursday against rival school Silver Creek @ SC, with JV starting at 6.
The Junior Varsity Lady Pirates had a tough loss (4-2) 10-25, 20-25 in their home match-up.
(Contributed by WPMQ Staff Member Brady Latham)
The Charlestown Lady Pirate Volleyball team (1-0 & 1-0 MSC) opened their 2018 season with a well earned and hard fought Mid-Southern Conference victory over the visiting Corydon Central Panthers (3-2) 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 20-25, & 15-4. The Lady Pirate Junior Varsity team also outlasted their counterparts (2-1) 25-15, 22-25, & 15-10 in the evening opener.
“Tonight was a hard fought match between two MSC Conference teams. There was lots of good play on both sides of the net, and I’m proud of how this young team played together in their first match of the season. Our program lost 8 seniors and only returned one starter, so most of these players are new to varsity volleyball. Their composure in a five set match is promising and I’m glad to see how they stuck together and showed some excitement to get the win. This team shows a lot of potential and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can accomplish together. Preliminary stats show that freshman Kyra Sharp led the team in kills with 12 while Kayleigh Smith and Korea Tutt had 6 kills each. Lanae’ Crowe did a nice job setting for us. Peyton Crace contributed 7 kills and Abbi East led the serve reception. Savannah McClellan led the team with 6 aces and had 9 service points in the deciding set. We will work on a few adjustments in practice tomorrow before we play a tough Jeff High squad on Thursday”, summarized Lady Pirate Head Coach Tammy Nuxoll.