Lebanon Reporter

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September 19, 2012

Tigers hang tough, but fall to Eagles

Lebanon — The Lebanon volleyball team hung with Boone County foe Zionsville for most of the match Tuesday night.

But in the end, the Eagles’ size was too much for the Tigers to overcome in a 25-21, 25-12, 25-18 loss.

“The girls are disappointed,” Zajdel said. “You want to walk away from a match with the positives. We built them up for today’s game that they could have won it and I still think they could have. We have the talent, we can win matches like that.”

The two teams battled back and forth in game one with the Tigers leading 10-7 early after a Farren Miller kill. Zionsville came back to tie the game at 12, and after ties at 13, 14 and 15 apiece, the Eagles went on a 4-0 run to seemingly grab control of the game.

The Tigers came back to tie the game at 19, but Zionsville scored four of the next five points and held on from there.

“It was a slower tempo than we have seen the last two weeks,” Zionsville head coach Dawn Jones said of her team’s slow start in game one. “We have seen some pretty tough matches. To change up the speed, it was tough for us to wrap our minds around right away.”

Jones said there were positives and negatives to playing a slower tempo team in the middle of the season.

“It is good in the sense that we can get some other people in and work on things we have been trying to execute in practice,” Jones said. “But on the flip side, we need to see that speed because we play Harrison on Thursday and Thursdays (when the Eagles play conference matches) are always tough for us.”

Zionsville led 5-4 early in game two before a 15-1 run gave them control of the game.

The big key was the Eagles’ two middles — Lauren Potoczek and Carlie Vannatta — who combined for six kills and two blocks in the game.

For the match, each girl finished with five kills.

For more of this story, read Wednesday’s Lebanon Reporter.



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