Bragging rights were on the line on Sept. 4 in Warrick County as the Tecumseh Lady Braves battled the Boonville Lady Pioneers in a volleyball match.
The Lady Braves were able to prevail beating the Lady Pioneers in three sets and moving Kate Johnson's' club to an overall record of 12-1. Boonville's loss put it even on the season at 5-5. Tecumseh would win two more matches later in the week to move their record to 14-1 while Boonville would lose a match to move their record to 5-6.
Even though Tecumseh was the favorite, the match was far from easy for the Lady Braves as indicated by the scores of sets. Tecumseh won the first set 25-23 and the third set 25-22. Only the second set was lopsided by Tecumseh won that set 25-10.
"We had good execution," Tecumseh coach Kate Johnson said. "We were able to get it to our big hitters and made key blocks in crucial moments."
The match saw Boonville ahead for most of the first set. The Lady Pioneers had as much as a five-point lead in the set, and were up 20-19 when Tecumseh scored the next three points with the help of the all-state Bree Metzger.
The fact that Boonville played Tecumseh so well in the first set only to lose must have taken something out of the Lady Pioneers as they were never in the set. Boonville made some unforced errors as Tecumseh took the set with ease at 25-10.
"Our serve reception was horrible in that set," Boonville coach Natalie Macaulay said.
The third set saw Boonville take the lead after the midway point of the set. The Lady Braves were able to retake the lead for good at 17-16. Boonville, however, stayed with Tecumseh all the way to the end as Tecumseh would eventually win 25-22.
"We had good communication in the first and third sets," Macauley said of the match. "It's always fun to play against Warrick County teams. It makes for a good rivalry."
Tecumseh was led by Bree Metzger with 16 kills. Chloe Holder added 10 kills. Boonville was led by Faith Wittman who had eight kills.