By: Maddie Greer
The Volleydogs proved yet again that perseverance pays off. Brownsburg, ranked no. 17 in the state, took on Zionsville, ranked no.18. These teams are at an equal level, which makes matches like this that much more difficult.
Set 1 went to the Eagles 25-12, but the Bulldogs answered back with back to back set wins right after with scores of 26-24 and 25-16. The Eagles weren't giving up easily though and came back to win the 4th set 25-10, taking the match into a 5th set. Both teams took time to regroup and headed into Set 5 with clear heads. This is where the Bulldogs tapped into that perseverance that continues to come in for the team this season. The Dogs forced Zionsville into timeouts back to back, both when the Dogs were up 10-7 (after an impressive block by senior Marah Wood and sophomore Audrey Naberhaus) and 11-7. Ultimately, the Volleydogs pulled through and won the 5th set 15-12.
Head Coach Katie Maples commends her team, saying, "We were ultimately able to grind and pull out a win and that is a sign of a mature team, so I think we are growing and I'm proud of the grit the girls showed pulling that out tonight."
Offensive leads were senior Skyy Smith with 18 kills, freshman Quinci Thomas with 12 kills, senior Margetts with 8 kills, senior Katie Hardegree with 30 assists and junior Cate Murphy with 17 assists.
The Volleydogs are back on Tuesday, October 8th at home vs. Roncalli. Freshman and JV start at 5:30 PM with Varsity to follow.