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Barr-Reeve wins 2009 Volleyball Sectional
By Louis Kavanaugh Jr.
Montgomery Correspondent
In what would be described as a normal Barr-Reeve/Loogootee match up this was truly another battle and on this occasion the Lady Vikings came out on top but not before a real struggle.  For only the third time this season the Lady Vikings had to go beyond the normal three game match as the Vikings won 25-16, 21-25, 25-16 and 25-17. Only two other times this year the Lady Vikings have lost games during a match. Coach Amber DeCoursey was pleased with the win and the way her team responded after losing game two. “We knew this would be a battle and when Loogootee took game two I was so proud of the way our girls responded and the way they came back in game 3 and 4”. “We let game 2 get away from us but give credit to the Lions as they played very well during the stretch”. Overall I thought we handled ourselves very well and came up with some big plays when we had to and I could not be more proud of these girls”. “One thing we will work on and that is our serving before next week”. Hilliary Fox, who is commented to play Volleyball at Purdue next year said after the Match, “We had a 19-14 lead in game two and we thought we could get the job done but Loogootee came back and showed us what they could do”. “We just had to give it our best in games 3 and 4 to get the job done”. Other Seniors on the team Terrell Miller “I am so happy to be able to play on a team that gives so much and works so hard and  I am just so happy we were able to win the sectional over a good Loogootee team”. Teammate Melinda Yoder echoed those comments in her post game interview, “We just worked so hard and it all paid off and I am on a team with a great bunch of girls who give it all they got to get the job done”.

When these same two teams played back on September 25 the Vikings won that contest 25-21, 25-13 and 25-12 but this time this sectional match was definitely more competitive than the match in September as each point was hard to come by for both teams.  

In Game 1, the Lady Vikings jump out to a 5-2 lead and after they extended that to 13-7 Phil Goodpaster called a time out trying to stop the Viking charge. The
closest the Lions would come in game one was 17-13 as the Viking would maintain a lead until winning game one 25-16.  Game two started off with the Viking jumping out to a 5-1 lead before the Lions tied it at 5 and it was tied again at 6 and 7 before the Viking began to pull away and with the Vikings leading 19-14 the Lions called a time out.  From that point on the Lions began their charge and outscored the Viking 6-1 and tied the game at 20 a piece.  From that point on the Vikings were outscored 5-1 the rest of the way as the Lions took game two 25-21.  At that point the Lions seem to have the momentum and the Vikings seems to be off balanced. The Lions started game 3 with a 3-0 lead but the Vikings tied the game at four and retook the lead but the Lions were able to keep the game close.  The Vikings increased their lead to 16-11 but Lions quickly closed it to within 2 at 16-14.  From that point on the Vikings the Vikings outscored the Lions 9-2 to close out game 3 and take a 2-1 lead in over all games in the match. With the win in game three the Vikings seem to have regained their confidence as game four started Barr-Reeve jumped out to a 8-2 lead.  The Lions would cut into the lead 8-4 but thru most of the game the Viking held leads from 4-7 points before winning game four 25-17 and thus winning the match three games to one.  No question this was a hard fought battle between two rivals that gave it all they had and each team fought for every point they got.  

Hilliary Fox once again let the team with 23 kills and 7 block kills while Maggie Sanders had 12 kills and 2 block kills  and Haley Taylor had 11 and Tya Harmon had 7 kills.  Terrell Miller led the team with 50 assists while Fox led the team in digs with 20 and Harmon with 16 and Lindsey Graber with 15.  Miller also led the team with 14 service points while Cassidy Helms and Hilliary Fox contributed 11 each.  

The Lady Vikings improve their record to 34-0 and take on the Springs Valley in the second match this Saturday.  This was the Seventeen Sectional Championship for the Lady Vikings in their 37 years since Volleyball began at Barr-Reeve.  During that time the Vikings have not had a losing volleyball season.  The Lady Vikings will now go for their sixth regional title when they take on the Blackhawks this
Saturday at the Barr-Reeve Regional. The Blackhawks are one of three teams that have taken one game from the Vikings this season. That happened back on September 8 at Springs Valley when the Vikings won the match 25-15, 25-15, 23-25 and 25-15.  The Blackhawks are currently ranked 4th in the latest Volleyball poll. This will be the first time Barr-Reeve has hosted a Regional in any sport.  The Lady Vikings were able to take their Traditional ride on the Montgomery Fire Truck as this is reserved for Sectional winners and the girls were treated to a bon fire as well.  

Barr-Reeve Volleyball Team wins over Shoals to set up Battle with Loogootee for Sectional Championship
The Barr-Reeve Lady Vikings advanced to the Championship game of their sectional with a win over a scrappy Shoals ball club.  With the win the Vikings extended their record to 33-0 and setup a rematch with Loogootee for the Sectional Championship. The Vikings won over Shoals in three games 25-11, 25-14 and 25-14.  It had been a concern of Coach Amber DeCoursey with the Vikings not playing in 9 days and that is something that has not happened since the Vikings began their season back in August.

In game one Shoals kept it close early as the led 4-2 before the Vikings tied it at 4 and took the lead they never would give up. The Vikings increased the lead to 13-6 before Shoals called a time out but the Vikings continued to charge as they continued to pull away and win game one 25-11. Shoals also led early in game two 5-2 before the Vikings got going and tied it at 7 before taking the lead they would not give up before winning game two 25-14. Game three the Viking led from beginning to end as they were pretty much in control the whole way as they closed out the match winning 25-14.  

Hilliary Fox once again let the team with 19 kills while Haley Taylor had 7 and Maggie Sanders with 7 kills. Terrell Miller led the team with 38 assists while Fox led the team in digs with 16 and Harmon with 12.  Cassidy Helms led the team with 14 service points while Hilliary Fox contributed 12.