CADIZ - Coaches often complain that their teams have the tendency to play up to the level of their opponents, Harrison Central head coach Amy Ferri-McAfee was pleased her Huskies were doing exactly that as they hosted a very talented Indian Creek squad Monday night on John W. Stephenson gymnasium.
The Huskies were swept by the Redskins, but not before putting a scare into twice-beaten Creek. The Huskies were doing everything right as they dropped the Redskins into a 10-3 hole to begin the first set. Admitting that there really is no comfortable lead against Creek, the Huskies fought to stay ahead as their opponents battled back.
Indian Creek would whittle away at the deficit until they tied up the score at 22 apiece and with the side out served up a 23-22 lead. The Redskins won the next two volleys and a relieved Crystal Hammack switched sides of the net with a 25-22 win.
Harrison Central's Jesse Ledger batles at the net with Indian Creek's Jessica Furda during their match Monday evening in Cadiz. Indian Creek prevailed in three games.
"It's always a work in progress. We're still coming along," said Hammack. "We are working towards the post-season and I think we are making good strides."
In the second set the two squads were knotted at 11 apiece before Indian Creek found their groove and began to dominate play. Outscoring the hosts 14-2 to win the second 25-13.
The final set the Redskins were firing on all cylinders and using their height advantage and serving skills to rack up points rolling to a 25-9 win for the sweep.
"I am very proud," said coach Ferri-McAfee. "We played good against a strong team. We are aggressively improving."
Harrison Central (3-13) was paced by Janese Eckley with 9 kills, 12 digs with an assist, Jesse Ledger had two kills and 11 digs. Kaylee Toland added 10 digs,with two blocks and a kill while Katie Stackhouse set 14 assists and dug up 7. Marissa Bennett had three kills and four digs for the Huskies.
Bre Berryman led the Redskins at the net with 11 kills, one block and one dig. Jessica Furda helped out with 26 assists, seven digs with five kills. Brey Mays dug up 14, had 8 kills, two blocks, two assists and a pair of aces. Whitney Martin notched seven deadly spikes from her outside post with one block and one ace.
Kiarra Kamarec added five kills, two blocks and three digs for Indian Creek.
The Redskins (14-2) will host OVAC rival Cambridge Wednesday.