Barr-Reeve volleyball coach Amber DeCoursey has focused the last several years on adding quality competition to the second half of their schedule.
One of those moves is adding another late season tournament to be played today at Kavanaugh Kourt, and another was adding a contest against the always tough Tecumseh Braves.
The Braves entered Kavanaugh Kourt at 23-3 and ranked No.4 in Class A, but more athletic Viking defense and timely hitting led to a 25-10, 23-25, 25-11, 25-19 victory.
Game one witnessed the Vikings attack from the outset. Pinpoint serving from Jenna Knepp and Molly Wallace, and several booming kills from Tiara Kenney and Tracy Graber gave the Vikes an early 16-6 lead, and would allow them to cruise to victory.
If the Viking faithful thought an easy victory was in store, someone forgot to pass the memo to Tecumseh. Brenna Floyd, the excellent Tecumseh senior drove home several of her match high 30 kills as the Braves escaped a late Viking rally to pull out a narrow 25-23 win.
The Vikings passing, blocking, and defense all returned in games three and four, as the Braves had difficulty stringing any points together. The Vikings led at 10-3, 15-6, and 21-8 before taking the 25-11 win in game three.
Game four did show the Braves had life left, and Tecumseh was as close as 18-17 late in the set. The Vikings however expanded their lead yet again behind the serving as freshman Macin Graber, and ended the night with a 25-19 victory. The win improves Barr-Reeve to 25-2 on the season, and Tecumseh drops to 23-4.
Barr-Reeve coach Amber DeCoursey was happy to be tested by Tecumseh. “Katie (Johnson) does an excellent job preparing her team to play. They are fundamentally sound, and make you earn what you get.”
Tiara Kenney led the Viking offense with 16 kills, and Hania Sisco followed with 15. Jenna Knepp again ignited with Viking offense with 43 assists, and Hannah Bullock led with 12 digs.
The Barr-Reeve junior varsity improved to 19-3 with a 25-19, 25-20 victory.
All of the Vikings return to action today at Kavanaugh Kourt where they will face Edgewood, Daleville, and Henryville in a round-robin format.