jv team wins

Batesville’s junior varsity volleyball team won the 2019 Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference championship Oct. 12 at Greensburg. The team ended the year with a 9-game win streak. (Front from left) manager Pierce Herbert, Sophie Lee, Sydnee Schaefer, Shelby Westerfeld; (back) Megan Raab, Faith Tekulve, Naia Bustinza, coach Shelly Prickel, Kaitlyn Sarringhaus, Belle Westerfeld and Regina Gerstbauer.

The Batesville junior varsity volleyball team ended its season with a bang, rattling off nine consecutive wins, including four on Oct. 12, to capture the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference championship trophy at Greensburg High School.

The team’s record was 20-7 overall and included Hauser, Ripley County, as well as the EIAC, tourney titles.

“Way to go, ladies! I am so proud of all of you!” an elated coach Shelly Prickel said.

The team defeated South Dearborn 25-8, 25-18 in the opening match. Regina Gerstbauer hit 17 of 18 serves, including 5 aces, and added 10 assists. Sydnee Schaefer connected on 10 of 11 serves, earning 9 points (6 aces), and contributed 9 digs defensively. Shelby Westerfeld led the front-row attack with 5 kills.

In the second match of the day, the Lady Dogs dropped Connersville in straight sets with scores of 25-14, 25-14. Gerstbauer earned 13 points in 17 attempts and also dished out 21 assists. Westerfeld led offensively with 9 kills, while Naia Bustinza and Sophie Lee chipped in with 5 each. Belle Westerfeld added 3 kills and a block. Schaefer was the leader on defense with 11 serve receives and 5 digs.

Greensburg was the next opponent in pool play and the Lady Dogs were up to the challenge once again, winning 25-21, 25-17. Schaefer and Kaitlyn Sarringhaus paced the team with 8 perfect serves, scoring 6 and 5 points, respectively. Bustinza, Lee and S. Westerfeld continued their aggressive net play with 4 kills each. Bustinza shored up the defense with an impressive 16 digs.

The 3 wins in pool play led them to the championship game in a rematch with the Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers. The team came out on top once again with scores of 25-16, 28-26.

In the second set, the Lady Dogs never allowed the Lady Tigers to reach a match point and held on for the 2-set victory to claim the title. Sarringhaus scored 8 points (1 ace) in 12 attempts, while Schaefer added 6 points in 10 tries. S. Westerfeld and Lee were the top spikers, earning 7 and 6 kills at the net. Lee put down the game winner. Bustinza was outstanding in the back row with 15 serve receives and 21 digs to help secure the win.

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