ECVB faced off with Greensburg last night for the EIAC championship and lost a heart breaker.
We knew going in that it wasn’t going to be easy. We had just lost the key to our defense when senior libero Alex Disbro went out with a season ending injury two days before without a chance to practice and fine tune anything. We still knew we were capable of winning- we have the talent. We have the people we need. But we knew it was going to take everything we had.
The girls played hard. I don’t want to take anything away from them in that regard. Freshman libero Laney Baker stepped up big time. She had a great passing night on serve receive, passing almost perfect at 2.71. She did her part and she did it well. We were still missing that leadership and energy that Disbro brings on the court, something Laney will bring as she gains experience. With solid passing, our offense just struggled to get into a rhythm. We made it easy on Greensburg hitting it right to them so they could run their offense instead of executing our game plan. Greensburg can be a very predictable team, but if you can execute, it doesn’t really matter, and they did that. Nobbe had a great game for Greensburg and pretty much put the ball where she wanted. We didn’t follow our game plan and in the end, it cost a conference title.
Senior Molly Gregg had a record night last night. She recorded her 2,000th career assist, continuing to build on the record she set a few weeks ago. She also set the school record for career digs at 1,182 and counting. She broke the record previously set by 2016 graduate Abby Wilgenbusch. Molly currently holds the record for assists, digs, serving percentage, varsity games played, and wins! While all of those are individual successes, she couldn’t have done it without her teammates and she gives them a ton of credit for her success!
These girls were faced with adversity for the first time this season at probably the worst time possible. We’ve spent a lot of the season building our mental toughness and last night the pressure got to us. But this group doesn’t quit, ever. When nothing was going our way on Wednesday, they fought. When the pressure was on last night, they fought. And they fight until the final whistle blows every single time. You can’t ask for much more than that as a coach. I fully believe these girls will bounce back. They are diligent. With a day to practice before our tourney on Saturday, we can fix some of the problems we had last night and implement them there. We are fortunate to get a lot of quality playing time before sectionals. We will regroup again on Monday to practice and hopefully head into our sectional game confident and in the right direction.
We want to thank our seniors for a great season and career! You aren’t finished yet!
Varsity is now 18-9 on the season.
Stats can be found at: https://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/east-central-trojans-(st-leon,in)/volleyball/stats.htm