The No. 1 Barr-Reeve Viking volleyball team opened up its rivalry week with a three-set win over Washington, 25-17, 25-11 and 25-7, on Monday in the Hatchet House.
The Hatchets brought their best record in years into the game at 14-3, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the reigning Class A state champions.
Although the two schools battled in the first set, B-R used all of its weapons giving up just 11 and seven points in the final two sets.
The week will stay very local for both schools, as WHS will follow with Class A No. 1 Loogootee, while B-R will face North Daviess and then its Friday battle with Loogootee.
After several early ties, B-R’s Sarah Graber added a pair of service points to make it 5-3. Anna Ballengee added a kill and an ace moving the Vikes out to 9-5 lead. However, with Bella Thorne serving and kills from Madi McClure and Kencia Levasseur, WHS was able to tie the game at 11-all and eventually would take a 13-12 lead. Makayla Graber added a kill and with Jasye Thompson serving, B-R quickly stretched it to 18-13 for B-R. After an extended volley, showcasing the Hatchet defense, Ballengee added a kill to make it 19-13. Hannah Graber picked up the Vikings’ 23rd and 24th point with a kill, followed with a Thompson ace for the 25-17 win.
“I just thought we came out complacent in set one for whatever reason, but Brett has done a great job with those girls, but we hurt ourselves with missed serves and we made some errors we don’t normally make. You can’t give points,” said B-R coach Amber Decoursey.
“Hannah Graber had a great night tonight from the serving line, defensively and when we got her the ball, from the right side.”
WHS coach was pleased with the way his team came out to start the match.
“We came out ready to play, but the thing is Barr-Reeve just keeps coming at you. You have to respond in every phase of the game. You can’t forget your mechanics in big games. We can’t forget the things that got us to 14-4, because teams like Barr-Reeve keep coming at you,” said coach Brett Matteson.
B-R went up 4-1 in the second game after a Hannah Graber tip and would get to 6-1 before the Lady Hatchets would get the ball back. The Vikes moved out to 11-2. Addison Ainscough had a monster kill to make 14-3 and B-R would eventually lead 20-4 before Makayla Sipes added a block-kill for WHS’s fifth point. Ballengee ended the game with a kill for a 25-11 Viking win.
In the third game, with Thompson serving, the Lady Vikes took a 5-1 lead.
Hannah Graber and Ballengee traded kills, as B-R went up 9-2 and forced a timeout. Alaina Thorne added a kill for the Hatchets third point, but the Vikes were quickly up 16-4.
Bella Thorne led a mini-comeback with a pair of aces to cut the lead to 19-7, but B-R would go on to end the game with an Ainscough serve at 25-7.
The Barr-Reeve JV also won, 25-18 and 25-10.