ZIONSVILLE – The final home match of the year for the Zionsville volleyball team was filled with momentum swings.
The Eagles and visiting Brownsburg both had long stretches of dominate play, but it was the Bulldogs who pulled out ahead 3-2 (12-25, 26-24, 25-16, 10-25, 15-12).
Zionsville head coach Rich Coleman said his team had too many mistakes.
“We were undisciplined tonight,” Coleman said. “Stuff we had been asking them to do, they didn’t do. We don’t have the margin for error to be undisciplined and unfocused at times, and that’s what tonight was. Two sets we were focused, and three sets we weren’t and that’s what got us beat.”
The Eagles came into the match having won 12 of 14, losing just to top-10 teams in McCutcheon and Hamilton Southeastern.
Coleman said while they were winning matches, the team was still making too many mistakes and it was something that they need to clean up before the sectional.
“We are still have enough youth that it doesn’t surprise me,” Coleman said. “I take it on myself that I have to make sure I get these guys ready and that it doesn’t happen again.”
The Eagles had no problems in the first set, jumping out to a big lead and coasting from there.
Set two was a battle from the start. Down 19-16, the Eagles came back to tie the set at 21, then took a lead at 23-22 on back-to-back kills from Sydney Aguirre, and then had set point at 24-23 after another Aguirre kill. But the Bulldogs won the final three points to take the set.
The third set was tied 10-10 before Brownsburg went on a 13-1 run to win the third set, before the Eagles had a giant run of their own in the fourth, scoring 14 of the first 15 points and never looking back.
The Bulldogs took a 7-4 lead in the fifth, before back-to-back kills by Jenny Pitts and Aguirre started a 3-0 spurt to tie things at 7.
Brownsburg used two blocks from Aubrey Naberhaus and two kills from Ashley Margetts to take an 11-7 lead, and while the Eagles got within 11-10, they got no closer.
“I felt like if we could ever tie it, we would win it,” Coleman said. “We just couldn’t get it tied, had a couple of bad breaks and plays we weren’t able to make. If we make one or two of those, it’s a tie ballgame and things are different, we just couldn’t get to that point.”
It was the final home match for five Eagle seniors – Natalie Smith, Anna Murphy, Erika Wujek, Katie Kirkendol and Caroline Hudson.
They were honored before the match against Ben Davis on Monday, and Coleman said they will leave a lasting legacy.
“There was a lot of emotion because they are some of the great leaders that we have,” Coleman said. “Anna Murphy will go down as one of the best leaders this program has ever seen, and she did it the right way. The same can be said for Katie. She is a great leader and was overlooked a lot throughout her career, and she is finally getting some of the accolades that she deserves. Caroline, Erika and Natalie all gave everything they had to the program, so it is bittersweet. We want to enjoy these last couple of weeks with them.”
The Eagles have three road matches next week, heading to North Central, Guerin Catholic and Avon.
Then it is on to the sectional.
Coleman said they have to correct the mindset they had against Brownsburg.
“We need to lock on,” Coleman said. “Brownsburg is an extremely talented team and we can’t be undisciplined against a team like that. We have to be focused and play our game, so when we match up with whoever we see in the sectional, we are locked in on what we want to do.”