Shelbyville Daily Union

October 1, 2013

Shelby Nets Survive A&M

John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Central A&M never gave up, but the Shelbyville Rams finally emerged from the 3-game set with a win on Thursday, 25-20, 22-25, 25-23.

In games 2 and 3 the match came down to the final couple of points. In game 2, A&M broke a 22-22 tie and got the win. In game 3, Shelby broke a 22-22 tie and got the win and the match.

“A&M played so hard the whole match,” said Ram coach Lisa Peifer. “They fought back both the 2nd and 3rd games from 12-18 to tie it at 22. I felt we let up the 2nd game when we should have gone after them.”

Madison Boone had the single best match of the season in the Shelby Area. Boone swung for 19 kills and rose for 3 blocks for 22 net points.

“The biggest problem for them was stopping Maddy Boone,” Coach Peifer said. “We also got great service runs from Lindsey (Eigsti) and Rachel (Fox).

Eigsti and Fox racked up 19 service points, each. Fox had three aces, Eigsti one. Eigsti also dished out 13 assists, half the team assists.

Boone was also a leader at the line with 14 points and two aces. Not only was great at the line and at the net, she led the Rams in mid-court defense with 15 digs, earning her a triple-double.

Ryann Ambrose had just one kill, but it was a shot heard around the world.

“Ryann Ambrose came in and took one of the best swings of the night at a crucial point in the match,” Coach Peifer said. “The JV and fresh-soph teams were great support and it was a fun match to watch. It was a total team effort.”

A&M swung for 22 kills, barely out-hitting Boone by herself. Shelby had 37 kills total. However, the Raiders had a team-effort, block party in the close 3 game set, recording 12 team blocks.

Kylie Burcham rose for four blocks, Kaley Hennings three, and Morgan Damery two. Ryan Dooley, Mikah Maples, and Paige Seitz added one, each. Shelby had eight blocks, three from Claudia Watson and three from Boone.



Shelbyville def. Central A&M, 25-20, 22-25, 25-23

Ram stats: Lindsey Eigsti 19 points, 1 ace, 13 assists, 8 digs; Claudia Watson 2 kills, 3 assists, 2 digs, 3 blocks; Rachel Fox 14 points, 2 aces, 19 kills, 15 digs, 3 blocks; Courtney Williams 6 points, 6 assists, 5 digs; Kelcie Darnell 8 points, 2 aces, 1 assist, 2 digs, 1 block; Jensen Cloe 1 kill, 3 digs; Brandy Smith 4 aces, 8 kills, 1 assist, 9 digs, 1 blocks; Ryann Ambrose 1 point, 1 kill; Blair Johnston 1 point; Haley Eisenbarth 2 kills, 2 assists, 4 digs.

A&M stats: Mikah Maples 6 kills, 1 block, 13 digs; Kaley Hennings 5 kills, 3 blocks, 5 digs, 5 assists; Kylie Burcham 3 kills, 2 aces, 4 blocks, 5 digs; Ryan Dooley 2 kills, 1 block, 2 digs; Morgan Damery 2 kills, 2 blocks; Kayla Gibson 2 kills, 2 aces, 4 digs, 12 assists; Taylor Jordan 1 kill, 1 ace, 18 digs; Paige Seitz 1 kill, 1 ace, 1 block, 5 digs

In the JV match, Shelby took awhile to get going, but pulled away in 3 games, 22-25, 25-19, 15-6.

“We have a tendency to start off slow and dig ourselves in a hole,” said Ram JV coach Jamie Watson. “Once we got our momentum going in the 2nd game, we were able to dominate. We are still trying to iron some things out, but its starting to come together.”


Shelbyville def. Central A&M, 22-25, 25-19, 15-6

Ram stats: Caylee Wheeler 10 points, 3 kills, 14 assists, 3 digs; Sydney Miller 2 points, 10 kills, 2 digs, 1 block; Ryann Ambrose 4 kills, 2 digs, 2 blocks; Blair Johnston 6 points, 6 digs; Jacque Johnston 14 points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 4 assists, 5 digs, 1 block; Hannah Koonce 12 points, 3 aces, 2 kills, 2 assists, 10 digs; Maddie Holland 17 points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 4 digs, 3 blocks; Madison Towne 2 digs.

Shelby fresh-soph lost due to mixed effectiveness, then fading in game 2.

“The girls had a rough time at the start of both games,” said fresh-soph coach Ann Dunaway. “We had great passes, but just could not be effective on the third hit. Our serving was more aggressive and our passing has improved. We have tow ork on placing the ball over the net now.”


Central A&M def. Shelbyville, 25-22, 25-14

Ram stats: Isabel Leach 10 points, 1 kill, 5 digs; Quincy Beyers 7 points, 5 kills, 3 digs; Kary Langan 8 points, 5 kills, 2 digs; Shelby Hendrix 1 kill; Karlee Herzog 4 points, 2 kills, 6 digs; Torre Koontz 9 points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 1 assist, 3 digs, 1 blocks; Elly Oldham 2 digs; Dakota Forsyth 5 digs; Caylee Wheeler 3 points, 4 assists; Katie Sladek 1 kill, 1 assist, 3 digs; Jacque Johnston 7 points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 3 assists, 2 digs.