BOONVILLE — The Barr-Reeve volleyball team shook off a disappointing start on Saturday at the Boonville Tournament, and closed with three victories on the day to move their record to 27-2 on the year heading into the regular season’s final week.
In the opener, the Vikings faced a 4A ranked Castle team, and took their second loss of the season with a 25-13, 25-20 loss. The opener saw a string of Viking errors put Barr-Reeve in a 16-8 hole that they couldn’t dig out of, and the finale saw the Vikings trail at just 21-20 before the Knights sprinted home for the win.
Perry Central awaited in the second contest, and the Vikings wasted little time in bouncing back. Barr-Reeve used the power of 15 serving aces, and posted a quick 25-7, 25-11 win to even their record on the day.
The third game was the eagerly anticipated rivalry rematch with Loogootee. The Vikes had swept the Lions just eight days prior in Montgomery, but each game was hard fought. In Boonville, the Lions looked for their revenge.
After Loogootee took a 24-21 lead in the opening set, the Vikings rallied to tie the score at 24-24, and 25-all, before a Loogootee tip kill ended the first set at 27-25. The second set saw a tie as late as 20-20 before the Vikes stepped on the accelerator for a 25-21 win to even the match.
In the third set, which was a race to 15, Barr-Reeve ran out to big early leads of 6-2 and 8-4 in the third set, and eventually led 13-6 and cruised to win the finale 15-7.
In the finale, the Vikings wasted no time in pummeling Terre Haute South. Barr-Reeve raced to 20-5 margins in both the first and second games, and picked up a convincing 25-10, 25-8 victory over the 4A Braves.
Anna Ballengee led the Viking offensive attack on the day with 36 kills, and was followed by Addison Ainscough and Hannah Graber with 15 each. Graber led the Vikes with 50 set assists, and Jasye Thompson anchored the Viking defense with 25 digs on the day.
The Vikings have two games in the final week of the season. On Tuesday, Barr-Reeve will travel to Northeast Dubois looking for another Blue Chip Conference title, and on Thursday, the Vikings host 2A No. 5 Tecumseh on Senior Night at Kavanaugh Kourt.