Multiple Teams · East Central High School Volleyball Varsity falls to Batesville High School 2-3

Sport Volleyball Varsity
Home Score 3 Away Score 2
Game Recap
EC traveled to rival Batesville for EIAC battle of conference unbeatens.

Bulldogs winning in extended play 3-2 in an intense match-up; 16-25, 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 17-15.

EC opened game one 2-0, however multiple Trojan early errors allowed Batesville to take lead at 5-3. Teams traded points and errors all the way to a 11-11 tie. As teams seemed to settle in, EC put a 3-0 mini run together on kills by Kristen Weber and Josie Andres, with a Nicole Sandmann block to set the score at 14-11. EC maintained the 3 point lead all the way to 19-16 as teams traded points highlighted by Bulldog smashes from Bailey Baumer and Anna Meyer, and a pair of Trojan hammers from Maria Shoemaker. EC extended the lead to four 20-16 on a Sandmann kill leading to a Batesville timeout. EC ran out game one on a 5-0 streak behind a Olivia Fette kill and block, winning 25-16.

An error laden game two had 9 lead changes and 11 ties as the teams traded points and kills to a 15-15 tie. Batesville offense was lead early on by Baumer and Rylee Goldsmith and matched by a balanced EC front line attack. Three straight Trojan errors lead to an EC timeout at 18-15. The momentum stayed in Batesville favor out of the timeout as the Bulldogs ran off 3 more to a 21-15. An Emily Egbers ace got the Trojans to within four at 21-17, but Batesville closed out game two on a Goldsmith kill and block, winning 25-19.

In similar exciting fashion (10 ties / 7 lead changes) no team lead by more than two points early on in game three, until back to back Batesville kills put the Bulldogs in front 13-10. EC responded with hammers from Andres and Sarah Schuman to pull within one again at 13-12. Baumer spiked Batesville to a 3-0 run causing an EC timeout at 16-12. Weber and Goldsmith traded kills for each team as the Bulldogs maintained the four point margin at 20-16. EC rallied on Sandmann back to back smashes, combined with back to back blocks to get the Trojans even at 20-20. A Baumer kill again ignited a 3-0 run for a Batesville 23-20 lead. Another EC timeout allowed the Trojans to get within one at 23-22, but the rally fell short. Bulldogs winning game three 25-22.

With their backs against the wall in game four the Trojans smashed out to an early 3-0 lead, only to see it quickly erased by a 3-0 Batesville run. Teams slugged it out to a 9-9 tie, then EC behind Schuman and Weber kills went in front at 12-9, leading to a Bulldog timeout. EC rallied to their largest lead at 15-10 on a Kaylyn Gindling ace. The Bulldogs started the fight back behind Goldsmith and Madi Oesterling kills going back in front at 19-18. The Trojans quickly answered with a Schuman kill and combo block of a Baummer smash attempt, regaining the lead again at 20-19. An Egbers ace and another Schuman kill propelled EC to a 22-19 lead. Batesville closed to within one at 23-22, then a service error set the sore at 24-22, and ended on a hammer by Sandmann. EC winning a must have game four 25-22.

The momentum carried over to game five as EC shot out to a early 5-0 lead. The Trojans maintained the five point spread at 8-3 on a Shoemaker kill, until Batesville battled back on a 6-3 run to get within two at 11-9, then back to back Batesville kills tied the score at 11-11. From that point on teams traded kills, Sandmann and Andres for EC, Baummer and Goldsmith for Batesville, all the way to a 14-14 tie. A Baummer kill put the bulldogs up one and ended on a smash that appeared to sail out long, the officials calling the ball tipped at the net. The Bulldogs win the deciding game in extras 17-15.

Box Scores
Box Score: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
East Central High School 25 19 25 22 15
Batesville High School 16 25 22 25 17
Team Leaders
Name Kills
Batesville High School
East Central High School
Name Aces
Batesville High School
East Central High School
Name Assists
Batesville High School
East Central High School