Charlestown JV won 25-20, 13-25, 15-14 / Charlestown Varsity lost 23-25, 17-25, 23-25
Coach Nuxoll: Lady Pirate Volleyball played with a lot of heart and Pride tonight. The Varsity lost three very close sets. In the first set we gained a large lead from strong serving by Emalee Craven. Lanesville slowly ate away at the lead and we dropped the first set by two points. The second set we played tight with them, until they got on a small serving spree and pulled ahead by four points and we couldn’t close the gap. The third match was back and forth until the bitter end. Unfortunately, we couldn’t pull it out. I was proud how the team came together after every play and went after every ball. We were able to make adjustments when they started tipping the ball a little more which allowed us to stay in the sets. Tonight was our Senior Night and the girls played really hard for each other. I hope that they remember how it felt playing with strong team work and can carry that emotion into our future matches. Senior Shelby Goedeker played with energy and made several plays with lots of hustle. She also contributed 3 kills. Senior Keeley Couch played hard and contributed 5 assists and 1 ace. Emalee Craven contributed 5 aces during an 11 point serving spree and 8 kills.
The JV team pulled together to pull out a close win in a tough three set match. I’m very proud how the girls remained calm and supported each other through the match even when Lanesville started a come back. The first set both teams played well and had several rallies back and forth. Lanesville had a few rotation violations late in the match which we were able to capitalize on. In the second match, we had a few break downs in passing which allowed Lanesville to pull out of reach. In the third set, The scoring went back and fourth. Kiersten James, our middle blocker, came up with two HUGE blocks in a row at the end of the set to help us pull ahead. Lanesville was down 11-14, but had a scoring comeback to tie the set at 14-14. We were able to hang on and earn the last point to win the match. Highlights for this match include 4 blocks by Kiersten James, three kills from Hannah Vincent, and 6 aces and 2 kills for Maddie Nuxoll.
Lady Pirate Volleyball would like to thank the CHS students who came out to the match tonight and to the Pirate Pride Booster Club for paying for the first 25 students to get into the game. A special shout-out to the CHS boys soccer team who showed great support!
The Charlestown Lady Pirate Volleyball team will host Lanesville this Wednesday evening for their final regular season home game; also designated as Senior Night in honor of Keeley Couch, Miranda Wood and Shelby Goedeker. The games begin at 6:00 pm in the CHS Sports Arena. FREE ADMISSION TO THE FIRST TWENTY-FIVE CHS STUDENTS, courtesy of the Pirate Pride Booster Club.
During last Friday’s home football game versus North Harrison, Charlestown Lady Pirate Volleyball Coach Tammy Nuxoll presented the first winning game ball of the season to CHS Teacher/Coach Brian Stewart. Receiving the winning game ball with Stewart, as shown above, is his step son Eric. Coach Stewart, while attending the Pirates home game versus Brownstown in Lucas Oil Stadium on August 30th; bought the right ticket to win the game ball from the Lady Pirate Volleyball parents. The contest is a fund raiser for Lady Pirate Volleyball, sponsored by Backyard-Staycations of Floyds Knobs and Sellersburg. During each home football game this season, you can win the game ball as well, just look for the table, with the Backyard-Staycation banner, set up next to the football merchandise tent.
Volleyball: Charlestown at Christian Academy
CHS JV lost 9-25, 6-25 / CHS Varsity lost 8-25, 8-25, 8-25
Coach Nuxoll: Tonight we played a good CAI team. Our inexperience at watching our hitters and blocking showed tonight. We did not have an answer for #23 their outside hitter or for #11 their middle. Playing against a tough team like that can be frustrating, but I’m proud of how the players didn’t take out their frustrations on each other. Despite the loss, the players stuck together and that was a step in the right direction. Shelby Goedeker showed good leadership tonight and led the team in serve reception.
Our JV team played some really long rallies in the first match, but couldn’t come out on top. We struggled a little with our serving and just couldn’t gain momentum. In the second match we didn’t’ communicate as well as the first match. Again, the players stuck together and didn’t give up.
Charlestown Volleyball at Silver Creek
CHS C-team lost 8-25, 13-25 / CHS JV lost 5-25, 13-25 / CHS Varsity lost 6-25, 7-25, 6-25
Coach Nuxoll: We really didn’t show up to play tonight, and you cannot do that with a team like Silver Creek. Silver Creek has a good team, and I was hoping that we would make them earn a win. We really struggled passing tonight at the JV and the Varsity level. When our passing wasn’t working, we got frustrated and started to hang our heads. We have got to learn that we can make mistakes, but still communicate and play as a team. On a positive note, our Cteam played Silver Creek last week and scored more points against them this week. Brooke Bowling showed hustle while Hannah Vincent passed well in the second set. Tyrah Martin got a block and two service aces to give the JV a tiny spark in the second JV set.
Charlestown Lady Pirate Volleyball hosting Southwestern
CHS JV won 25-22, 25-21 / CHS Varsity lost 10-25, 14-25, 14-25
In the first set against Southwestern, it took us a while to get going, and we allowed their servers to string together several points before we could side-out. We made some mental errors and just let the ball drop between players. When our passing improved, we just weren’t able to put the ball way. In the second and third matches we were about to make small runs, but not enough to gain any momentum. Emalee Craven led the offense with four kills and Danielle Miles contributed two kills. Emalee also was a force at the net with 6 blocks. Shelby Goedeker had five digs to lead the defense.
The Junior Varsity came away with a win tonight. The team played well together and despite a strong comeback by Southwestern in the first set, our girls continued to fight for the win. Allana Brock and Maddie Nuxoll had consistent serving in the first set to help the team earn points along with good passing by Chrissa Ledbetter. In the second set we were down 9-15, Maddie Nuxoll served 11 serves in a row and the team rallied behind her with good net play by Bri Harvey and Kiersten James to earn points.
The Lady Pirate Volleyball parents will be selling raffle chances to win the official game ball of each of the 2014 Pirate Football home games this season, including Saturday’s Charlestown game versus Brownstown in Lucas Oil Stadium. Watch for Lady Pirate Volleyball parents walking the stands and setup at a marked table selling raffle tickets, $1 each or six tickets for $5; and buy your chances at winning a 2014 Pirate Football Game Ball. Raffle tickets will be sold until mid-fourth quarter before the drawing of the lucky winner is completed and announced. The game ball will be presented after the game is complete. The “Win the Game Ball” contest is sponsored by Backyard Staycations of Sellersburg and Floyd Knobs, Indiana. Check out Backyard Staycations for all your swimming pool, spa, garden furniture, and backyard recreational products. For more information about Backyard Staycations, visit them on-line at www.backyardstaycations.com.