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 7th Grade Volleyball Team Loses Pair of Matches

October 10, 2007 - Knightstown’s seventh grade volleyball team lost a couple of matches to much larger schools last week as the team continues to improve this season. Greenfield-Central (Class 4A) and Mt. Vernon (Class 3A) defeated the Lady Panthers in closely-played matches.

The Lady Panthers, now 6-7 on the season, lost to the Lady Cougars in three games 11-25, 25-23 and 9-15. The bad start in the first game put the girls in a hole they were unable to emerge from.

“We were slow getting started and we weren’t aggressive enough in that first game,” Coach Cindy Hammer said. “I was very proud of how the girls came back in the second game. Reasha (Steinmetz) stepped up and really fought for some digs, and that pumped the girls up. We struggled with our serving in the third game, but played really hard. I’m proud of the girls for not giving up.”

Steinmetz had two defensive digs in the game, while Baylie Hochstedler had 13 service points and three aces. Taylor Hardeman and Jamie LaFord each served up two aces. Knightstown received points from Brin Hall, Hardeman, LaFord, Hochstedler, Tina Keller, Steinmetz and Allison St. John.


Knightstown got a great game from Taylor Hardeman and played well as a team in falling to the traditionally powerful Lady Marauders in two games, 25-21 and 25-24.

Hardeman had four kills and three defensive digs in a superb game. She also served up an ace, along with three service points.

Madysen Smith had five service points and two defensive digs. Aces were also served by Brin Hall and Allison St. John. Baylie Hochstedler and Jami LaFord also had service points.

“Taylor (Hardeman) had a great game tonight,” Hammer said. “She played every position as hard as she could and I can’t say enough about her effort. Madysen (Smith) stepped up tonight also, and was very aggressive. It’s too bad we came up short on the win because the girls worked hard tonight and they deserved to come out on top.

“These girls just keep improving their entire game, we are just playing in the toughest part of our schedule.”

The girls will be in action again tonight at Shenandoah, and close out their schedule next Monday at Waldron.


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