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Winning with a smile!: Kennett volleyball team wins fifth straight

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Staff Photo by Dustin Ward
The Kennett varsity volleyball team smiles as it looks toward its opponent before the start of Monday's Caruthersville-Kennett volleyball game.
KENNETT, Mo. - The Kennett Lady Indians varsity volleyball players were grinning from ear to ear before the start of Monday's Bootheel Conference showdown against the Caruthersville Lady Tigers.

The Lady Indians have had plenty to smile about in recent weeks. Kennett entered Monday's conference game with a 10-7 record and in outright second place in the Bootheel Conference varsity volleyball standings.

The midseason success continued for the Lady Indians against Caruthersville. Kennett extended its winning streak to five with a straight set 25-19, 25-17, win against the Lady Tigers. The Lady Indians improved to 4-1 in Bootheel Conference play with the victory.

"We started out strong in the first set and in the second set just came out and made lots and lots and lots of errors," Kennett coach Kristy Green said. "We gave away more points than we should have, obviously. We were able to regroup like we usually do and come out of it with a win."

"We got another conference win," Green added.

Kennett never trailed in set 1, but never led by more than six. The first set was tied at 10-10 before the Lady Indians went on a 6-2 run to take a 16-12 lead.

Kennett took a 2-0 lead in set 2 before Caruthersville responded with 12 straight points to take a 12-2 lead. Kennett followed with a 13-2 run of its own to tie set 2 at 15-15.

The Lady Indians scored eight of the final 10 points of the game to win set 2 by eight.

"We are trying to continually get better," Green said. "When we make errors swinging I can sometimes live with that. It's hard when he play a team that doesn't run the same kind of offense we do. When we get the ball back on the first contact it always throws us off. It shouldn't We should use that opportunity to [hit]. We were able to do that at times, but I think at times we struggled with that."

Kennett had eight serving aces and six missed serves against Caruthersville. Amy Johnson, Jenny Lockhert and Maci Greer had six digs each for the Lady Indians. Chyann Coffer had five digs for Kennett.

Kennett's Kenna Hounihan had a team-high 21 assists. Lara Abmeyer calculated 15 assists for the Lady Indians.

The Kennett junior varsity volleyball team improved to 5-0 in Bootheel Conference play with a 25-18, 25-19, win against Caruthersville.

"I'm looking for them to go all the way in the conference," Green said of the junior varsity. "We go to Scott City this weekend and I'm hoping they will get the experience they need at that tournament to finish strong at the end."

Kennett is back in action Thursday when it travels to Doniphan.

"It's a district game," Green said of Doniphan. "It's always good to see what they have before the district. Hopefully, we will get their soon enough to be able to stretch, wake back up and be ready to play ball."

Kennett's Pink Game is slated for Oct. 1 against New Madrid County Central. The junior varsity game will begin at 6 p.m. in Kennett.

Green said all proceeds at concessions, the gate and from T-shirt sales will go to breast cancer awareness.

"Next Monday we have our Pink Game and Senior Night," Green said. "We have a lot going on. We have shirts for sale to support the breast cancer awareness cause. It will be a fun tonight. People should come out and support the Indians."

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