Charlestown at Borden
CHS JV lost 21-25, 18-25 & CHS Varsity lost 15-25, 21-25, 13-25
Coach Nuxoll: We definitely had our ups and downs tonight. We played together at times and other times we didn’t. We have got to work on our consistency with our fundamentals. We have got to have more consistent passing, setters have to put the ball in front of the hitters and the hitters have to stay behind the ball. Borden has some good hitters and they were very tough to put a ball down on. I was pleased that we did not give up in the second and third set when we were down. We have a long break, and I hope we can come back ready to play.
The JV struggled tonight with the setter taking the ball over on the second hit, and we did not react well when the hitters tipped. This is a young team, and we still need to work on reacting to the ball. Some of that will come with experience.
Charlestown at Rock Creek
CHS JV won 24-25, 25-23, 15-8 & CHS Varsity lost 11-25, 18-25, 7-25
Coach Nuxoll: Danielle Miles showed good leadership on the court for us tonight. Despite rough patches, she encouraged her team to stay in the game. Danielle and Emalee Craven led our offensive efforts. We struggled in each set with our passing, and we had difficulty with some basic plays. We were not low on defense nor did we move our feet to get to balls. We continue to be on a rollercoaster of emotions, trying to decide when we will play as a team despite all odds or when we will play as individuals and not communicate. Rock Creek has some good hitters and played good defense against us, but I do think that if we would stick together as a team like we have in other matches, we would have been more competitive against them. Haley Vincent had some good passes for us tonight and Shelby Goedeker hustled on defense. We will have to refocus as we head to Borden tomorrow.
Our JV won a hard fought match. The first set went back and forth, and we actually had a three point lead at the end and Rock Creek edged out the win 25-24. Kiersten James and Allana Brock had consistent serving in the first set to help us stay in the game. I was encouraged to see the girls come out and play hard in the second set despite losing the first one. Again, consistent serving from Alanna Brock, Bri Harvey and Maddie Nuxoll helped us win another close set 25-23. In the third set we seemed more focused and started to pick up balls that Rock Creek was sending over on the second contact. Consistent serving from Kiersten James and Sidney Goedeker allowed us to gain a lead in the third set and keep it. Chrissa Ledbetter did a nice job for us on defense and Bri Harvey, Kiersten James and Hannah Vincent helped on offense.
Charlestown at Scottsburg JV lost 11-25, 8-25 / Varsity lost 11-25, 18-25, 15-25
Coach Nuxoll: Sometimes there can be small victories even in defeat. Although we lost tonight, our team showed more hustle, effort and pride than I’ve seen in the past few games. We had some good rallies and made some good plays because we were focused and working together. Danielle Miles and Emalee Craven led our offense and also added to our defensive efforts along with Shelby Goedeker and Haley Vincent. Keeley Couch contributed with good serving, and Kiersten James came off the bench to contribute blocks. I hope we can carry this effort into our matches next week.
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.