Oct. 22, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Senior Rachael Miller produced eight kills and junior Quin Shoultz had a double-double, but it wasn't enough Saturday (Oct. 22) for the Columbus North volleyball team against rival Columbus East.
The Class 4A No. 8 Olympians (24-8) blanked the Bull Dogs 3-0 in a sectional semifinal at Columbus North, earning a spot against Shelbyville (23-8) in the sectional final. The Golden Bears topped East Central 3-0 in the other semifinal.
Shoultz had 21 assists and a team-high 16 digs for Columbus North, which fell 25-15, 25-14, 25-19 to conclude its season at 18-16.
"It was a disappointing loss to No. 8-ranked East," CN coach Megan Shaff said. "East came out strong, and we were on our heels. We fought hard throughout the match and forced East to earn the win. It should be an exciting match (in the final) with East facing much improved Shelbyville."
Senior Kasi Prohaska chipped in seven kills for the Bull Dogs against East. Senior Audrey Lewis had five kills and senior Molly Rinehart chipped in four. Senior Julie Reece helped Shoultz on back-row defense with nine digs, while Lewis and Prohaska each had six digs.
Miller paced the front-row defense with four blocks.
"We had an up-and-down season with highlights including winning the Richmond Invitational, beating Harrison (West Lafayette) and competing hard against strong opponents," Shaff said. "We play a very tough schedule and saw many of the best teams in the state.
"We will miss our eight graduating seniors and wish them the best. We are excited about the future with our upcoming youth."
In the sectional final later Saturday, junior Phebe Drake netted 21 kills and classmate Chelsey Skipton added 17 as Shelbyville (24-8) knocked off Columbus East 3-2.
Freshman AJ Lux chipped in 10 digs and sophomore Jacqueline Lux had 47 assists for the Golden Bears, who used a fifth-set rally to pull out a 25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 16-25, 15-13 victory. The Olympians (24-9) led 11-7 and 13-10 in the final set before Shelbyville ran off five consecutive points to claim the set and match.