The Rising Sun Lady Shiners will head into the Class 1A Sectional 60 volleyball tournament tonight (Thursday) with a 14-8
record including a regular season finale win over Jac-Cen-Del (tonight's opponent) on Thursday at Osgood.
Coach Lindsey Merica's girls finished the Ohio River Valley Conference season with a 5-1 record to place second to unbeaten
Their final win was a 25-8, 25-15, 25-11 win over the Lady Eagles.
Ironically, Alix DeDreu, the team's leading hitter (155 kills) did not have a single kill in the match because of the Shiner
dominance. She did deliver 15-for-15 serving with four aces to add to 11 digs and 10 service receptions.
Instead , Tiffany Vinup (131 kills) and Kelsey Romans (86 kills) had eight kills each in the match. Romans ( 92 percent server)
had 11-for-11 with three aces. Vinup was 6-for-7 with five aces.
Senior Bailey Baker (the team's leader server at 93 percent) was 17-for-17 with three aces. Haley Presley was 15-for-16 with
an ace and 23 assists.
Bailee Bostic had 5-for-6 with two aces and three kills while Katie Jackson had four kills and was 1-for-2 at the line.
Earlier in the week, Rising Sun defeated South Ripley 25-20,25-22, 18-25, 25-17.
RS had to rally in game one as Baker served the Shiners to a 19-16 lead and closed off the win by a final hit from Bostic.
The same held true in the second set as they trailed 21-19 when Bostic took service and served four straight.
South Ripley took the third set but Rising Sun came back as Baker served four points and Bostic delivered the final kill at
Vinup led the team with 11 kills with Bostic, DeDreu and Jackson adding six each. Presley and Romans had two and Baker one.
Baker was 22-for-23 with three aces with DeDreu 12-for-15 and three aces, Bostic 11-for-14 and three aces, Romans 15-for-17
and an ace, Presley 9-for-11 and an ace and a pair of aces by Vinup. Caroline Stapleton was 2-for2.
Reserves finish .500
The Lady Shiners' reserve squad finished the season at 9-9 and 3-3 in ORVC play,
After a 17-25, 25-22, 15-7 loss to South Ripley, Coach Ken DeDreu's squad closed with a 25-19, 25-20 win over JCD.
Brittany Smith and Claire Poling had six kills and were perfect serving (6-for-6 and 8-for-8 respectively).
Jacqueline Stapleton led the serving with 17-for-17 and six aces. Lucy Carrigan was 6-for-7 plus two kills and two blocks.
Caroline Stapleton was 6-for-6 and had 15 assists while Marriah Roberts had a pair of spiking attempts, two dig and no serve
In the loss to South Ripley, Poling had six kills with four by Carrigan and two by Smith and Jacqueline Stapleton (14-for-14
Brittany Smith was 15-or-15. Carline Stapleton was 12-for-13 with three aces followed by Carrigan with 11-for-12 and two aces,
Caroline Stapleton 8-for-8 and three aces. Poling added 4-for-5 and Robbins 1-for-4.
The winner of tonight's match between RS and
JCD will meet the winner of South Decatur and Oldenburg at 11 a.m.
by Shawe versus Hauser and the title game at 7 p.m. at Hauser High
School in Hope, Ind. The sectional champ will host the
regional on Tuesday, Oct. 28.