It was quite a successful few days for the Batesville High School volleyball team.
In a matter of three days, the Lady Bulldogs claimed another Ripley County title and recorded an important conference win on the road.
It has become quite a a rivalry and Monday evening proved why. The Lady Bulldogs and East Central Lady Trojans took the floor and battled back and forth for five challenging sets.
The visiting Lady Bulldogs rallied from a 2-1 deficit to knock off East Central and post a key win in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference.
After losing the first set 25-15, the Lady Trojans responded in impressive fashion to win the next two 25-24 and 25-20.
East Central nearly had enough to pull out the victory, but the Lady Bulldogs managed to win the fourth set 26-24. Batesville went on to win the tie-breaker 15-12.
The Lady Bulldogs finished the night with 141 attacking opportunities and converted on 33-percent. Rylee Goldsmith led the was with 17 kills followed by nine each from Anna Meyer and Bailey Baumer. Setter Katie Thomas had a team-high 41 assists.
Defensively, Chelsey Paul had a busy night in the back row. The BHS senior had 24 of the team’s 88 digs. Alyssa Dudley was second on the team with 16.
The Batesville junior varsity was defeated 25-10 and 25-14.
BHS claims 13th
title in a row
The Lady Bulldogs won their 13th consecutive Ripley County tournament title by knocking off Jac-Cen-Del 25-15 and 25-11 in the championship.
Meyer turned in a solid effort with a team-high six kills and was second on the team in service points with eight. Kim Tidman led the team with nine service points.
Defensively, Molly Adams and Goldsmith had six digs apiece. Baumer led the team in serve receive.
Batesville advanced to the finals with a 25-10 and 25-16 victory over the Milan Lady Indians.
Goldsmith tallied eight kills in 14 attacking opportunities. Tidman was second on the team with six kills.
Thomas provided a consistent look for the hitters in both matches. She finished with 20 assists in the title match and 19 against the Lady Indians.