North volleyball defeats South

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By Sam Draut

An ice cream incentive led to an energetic third set for North Oldham volleyball as it defeated South Oldham in straight sets (25-17, 25-21, 25-6) Tuesday night in Crestwood. After a slow start in the first two sets, North Oldham coach Kayla Koerber challenged her team to score “25 energy points” in the third set, the reward: a trip to Dairy Queen later in the week.

Instead of expressing frustration, Koerber thought the extrinsic motivator would help after her team hit .152 and .148 in the first two sets.

“It was really hard coming from a tough day at school, mentally a lot of them were somewhere else because of what happened at North,” Koerber said. “We had to get them to come together as a unit and play as a family, play for each other.

Police responded to an attempted suicide at North Oldham earlier in the day, which drained some of the teams energy.

“It was a really long day for everybody,” North Oldham senior Gabby Roberts said.

In the third set, Addison Foote opened with a kill and Olivia Roberts added a kill and a block as North Oldham took an early 4-0 advantage. Olivia Roberts tallied nine kills and six blocks on the night.

South Oldham’s Sam Clark had a block to close the Lady Dragon deficit to 5-2.

Hannah McGill, Foote, Meredith Korarovic and Gabby Roberts reeled off consecutive kills as North Oldham took control of the set, forcing a timeout by South Oldham coach Amy Wells.

Following the timeout, Korarovic added another kill to push North Oldham’s lead to 10-4.

North Oldham’s offensive attack in the final set was distributed through setter Brie Postema. The sophomore finished with 28 assists.

“The passing was a lot better the third set,” Gabby Roberts, who finished with seven kills, five digs and four blocks, said. “All of the passes were right on point to Brie, which made it easier for her to square up and make the perfect sets for everybody. That was the key for us, passing.”

South Oldham didn’t give into its district rival in the first two sets. Allie Morton had a kill that closed North Oldham’s lead to 12-10 in the first set. Foote had consecutive kills as North Oldham won six of the next seven points.

Trailing 24-13, Kara Bradley had a kill and Mia Evers added a block to keep South Oldham’s hopes alive before Foote closed out the first set with a kill.

Morton’s kill gave South Oldham a 6-5 lead in the second set. Madison Montross added a kill that put the Lady Dragons up 10-9.

With the set tied 12-12, Miranda Myers had back-to-back aces that gave North Oldham the lead for good. Myers had four aces to go along with eight digs. North Oldham freshman Jordan Atchison delivered an ace to give North Oldham an 18-14 lead.

Koerber thought her team served aggressively from the start, but didn’t pass consistently until the third set.

“For us it’s two big things, if we serve aggressively to get teams out of system and if we pass consistently, then we are going to be successful,” Koerber said.