Lady Pirate Volleyball Tops Mustangs in Five

The rebuilding of Lady Pirate Volleyball, under third year Coach Tammy Nuxoll, took an important step Tuesday evening while on the road at New Washington.  The varsity team, when the distance, and won three sets to two over the host Mustangs.  The victory marked the first varsity win for the program since October 1, 2013 (versus Borden); and only the fourth win in the past three seasons.  Charlestown defeated the Mustangs 25-16, 23-25, 22-25, 25-14,17-15 Tuesday evening.  “I am very proud of my team tonight for staying focused, playing hard, and never giving up”, commented Lady Pirate Head Coach Tammy Nuxoll.  “We played really well in the first set.  The setters distributed the ball well to a variety of players and the hitters did a good job of putting the balls on the floor.  The second and third sets were very close.  We couldn’t get a lead and New Washington was consistent with their serving and defense.  We would make a really good play and come back and miss a serve.  We were struggling to put several good plays together in a row.  We were gaining momentum in the third set off of the serving of Maddie Nuxoll, but just fell short.  That momentum allowed us to come back strong in the fourth set.  In the final set we started on a 5-0 lead off of the serving of Molly Braunecker to lose the lead later in the match. We were down 12-14, but Molly made a great dig to keep the ball in play and we were able to win the point. Tied 15-15, Haley Vincent was able to come in and make two key serves to help us end the match. I hope this win will give our girls confidence to know they can win in difficult situations”, concluded Coach Nuxoll.  Charlestown’s attack leaders were Emalee Craven with 11 kills and Bri Harvey and Kiersten James each with six.  Molly Braunecker led in assists with 16; while Emalee Craven also had 8 aces and Haley Vincent had 7.  The game was broadcasted by CPPSB, who named Molly Braunecker the Coyle Chevy, Buick, GMC and Coyle Nissan Player of the Game.  The Lady Pirates will need to keep their momentum going when they play a strong Henryville team Wednesday night at home.

The Junior Varsity Lady Pirates improved their season record to 2-1 Tuesday evening; when also defeating host New Washington 23-25, 25-07, and 15-08.