After getting over the usual opening match nerves, Terre Haute South gave a preview of its potential on the high school volleyball court en route the a season-opening 3-0 win over host Bloomfield.
South’s Braves earned a 25-16, 25-19, 25-21 victory at Guy Glover Gymnasium that pleased interim head coach Stephanie Millington.
“I think they had a little bit of nerves at the beginning [of the match], they kind of worked through those and showed how they can play,” Millington said.
Freshman setter Natalie Scamihorn made her varsity debut with 25 assists, served two aces and came up with big plays when the Braves needed them.
Senior Bailee Williams made 12 kills at the net, but the Braves also got big plays from Maddie Callahan and Meaghan Etling.
“I think Callahan kind of got us out of our funk in the first game and that helped us get rid of those nerves and go from there,” Millington said.
Sophomore Riley Davis put some clockwork into the Braves’ offense in games one and two. She had 12 digs and the Davis-to-Scamihorn-to-hitter got South rolling, particularly in game two.
Bloomfield took an early 6-3 lead in game one before South tied the score 6-6. A kill by Callahan put South up for good at 14-13 and the Braves pulled away with Callahan and Etling hammering the ball.
South never trailed in game two, jumping out to a 5-0 lead on Etling’s serve and a kill by Allison Kittell. A tip by Scamihorn scored the final point for the Braves.
Bloomfield put South in just the position Millington may have wanted. The Cardinals took a 10-3 on the Braves with Lachance putting down five kills in the contest.
“I think it was just important for [the girls] to start playing together as a team. There are a lot of different things, like the mix of girls, and I think they need to become one team and work together,” Millington said.
And playing together is how the Brave rallied to win game three.
South took a 15-14 lead on a kill by Williams. After trading the lead, the Braves went ahead for good on a Cardinal error and a Williams block. A kill by Emma Burke cut the Braves up 24-21 and an Bloomfield error ended the match.
Terre Haute South 25 25 25
Bloomfield 16 19 21
Highlights — For Terre Haute South, Bailee Williams had 12 kills; Natalie Scamihorn passed out 25 assists and served two aces; and Riley Davis had nine digs and two aces. For Bloomfield, Tiffany Lachance made 12 kills and Averi Workman passed out 24 assists. Nicole Hughes came up with 13 digs.
JV — South won 2-1.
Next — Terre Haute South (1-0) plays Saturday at the Columbus East Invitational. Bloomfield (0-1) will host Shakamak today.
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In other volleyball:
• Northview 3, Mooresville 0 — At Mooresville, Taylor Hess handed out 27 assists and Shelbi Morris had 10 kills as the visiting Knights breezed in their season opener.
Northview 25 25 25
Mooresville 7 13 16
Highlights — For Northview, Taylor Hess had 27 assists, 3 aces and a block; Shelbi Morris 10 kills and 4 aces; McKenzi Kumpf 9 kills and 3 aces; Morgan Stearley 6 kills and 5 aces; Ashley Heck 7 digs and 3 aces; Madison McDonald 5 kills and 3 aces; Mikayla Rowan 4 kills and 2 blocks; and Audrey Clark 4 digs and 2 aces.
JV — Northview won 25-13, 25-16.
Next — Northview (1-0) plays today at Greencastle. Mooresville is 0-1.
• South Knox 3, Sullivan 0 — At Sullivan, the host Golden Arrows lost three close games despite 16 digs, 15 assists and a pair of aces from Kathryn Gilbert.
South Knox 25 25 25
Sullivan 20 22 20
Highlights — For Sullivan, Kathryn Gilbert had 16 digs, 15 assists and 2 aces; Abigail Hornback 17 digs, 4 kills and a block; Tori Stamper 14 digs; Sam Vernelson and Morgan Stoltz 3 kills each; Skye Dillingham 3 aces; Cierra McCammon an assist and a block; and Hallie Durall an assist.
JV — South Knox won.
Next — Sullivan (0-1) plays today at White River Valley. South Knox is 1-0.
• North Putnam 3, Riverton Parke 1 — At Mecca, Shelby Benell served 23 points in a losing cause for the Panthers.
North Putnam 25 25 18 25
Riverton Parke 21 13 25 15
Highlights — For Riverton Parke, Shelby Benell had 6 kills, 5 digs, 23 points and 3 aces; Karli Leitgabel 10 assists, 14 points, a kill and an ace; Shelby Edington 11 digs and 9 points; Rachel Austin 6 kills, 4 digs and 9 points; Tayler Vauters 7 digs, a kill, 7 points and an ace; Megan Marion a kill and 8 points; Taylor Shoemaker 10 digs; and Kelly Combs 4 digs.
JV — Riverton Parke won.
Next — Riverton Parke (1-0) plays Thursday at Turkey Run. North Putnam is 1-0.
• West Vigo 5, Covington 0 — At Covington, the doubles team of Paden Horsley and Tyler Tolerson didn’t lose a game as the visiting Vikings romped.
West Vigo 5, Covington 0
Singles — Kyle Watson (WV) def. Ethan Snyder 6-1, 6-3; Blake Benefiel (WV) def. Toby Howard 6-0, 6-2; Logan Benefiel (WV) def. Amit Shah 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles — Paden Horsley-Tyson Tolerson (WV) def. Kyle Cates-Jordan Henley 6-0, 6-0. Grant Kirby-Michael Vermillion (WV) won by forfeit.
Next — West Vigo (1-0) plays today at Rockville. Covington is 0-1.
• Washington 5, Sullivan 0 — At Sullivan, the visiting Hatchets didn’t drop a set in the season opener for both teams.
Washington 5, Sullivan 0
Singles — Lucas Miller (W) def. Luke Willis 6-0, 7-5; Cory Thompson (W) def. Jake Pirtle 6-3, 6-4; Jacob Luttrell (W) def. Will Arnett 6-2, 6-3.
Doubles — Jake Bedwell-Tyler Stoll (W) def. Austin Bobbitt-Carson Willis 6-4, 7-6 (7-2); Jonathan Horner-Michael Ramsey (W) def. Braden Davis-Solomon Ficklin 6-3, 6-1.
Next — Sullivan (0-1) plays Wednesday at Edgewood. Washington is 1-0.
• Sullivan 5, Pike Central 4 — At Petersburg, Emily Greggs had three goals, including the game-winner with three minutes left, as the visiting Golden Arrows overcame an early two-goal deficit.
Sullivan 1 4 — 5
Pike Central 2 2 — 4
PC — Sydney Brooks
PC — Madison Scott
S — Elizabeth Reel (Adison South)
S — Emily Greggs
S — Greggs (Cassidy Mahurin)
S — Mahurin (Kate Hammon)
PC — Brooks
PC — Scott
S — Greggs (South)
Next — Sullivan (1-0) hosts West Vigo on Thursday. Pike Central is 0-1.
• Bloomington South 4, Terre Haute South 1 — At South, the Braves fell behind early and got just a second-half penalty kick by Rory Sommerville in Monday’s season opener.
Bloomington South 3 1 — 4
Terre Haute South 0 1 — 1
THS — Rory Sommerville, penalty kick
Next — Terre Haute South (0-1) hosts Vincennes Lincoln at 10 a.m. Saturday. Bloomington South is 1-0.
• Mustangs win — At Rea Park, Edgewood defeated West Vigo 221-252 in girls golf on Monday, winning its second match of the season.
Edgewood 221, West Vigo 252
Edgewood (221) — Jessica Bailum 49, Sam Roberts 48, Claire Schatper 56, Molly Swindle 58.
West Vigo (252) — Heather Prouse 58, Sophie Owen 64, Sarah Dugger 63, Brittany Voils 67.
Next — Both teams have matches on Thursday. West Vigo (0-2) is at Owen Valley. Edgewood (2-3) plays Eastern at Cascades.