ZIONSVILLE – After losing the opening match of the season, the Zionsville volleyball team has been on a roll.
The Eagles topped Boone County rival Western Boone 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-15) for their fifth-straight win and moved to 5-1 on the year.
“We have played well the past week,” Zionsville head coach Rich Coleman said. “We dropped a heartbreaker early, but we have been playing well. Our practice yesterday was phenomenal, and I cam home excited yesterday hoping it would carry over and it did.”
After losing that five-set heartbreaker to Class 4A No. 9 McCutcheon, the Eagles dropped the first set to Class 3A No. 2 Brebeuf.
But they won the next three sets to win that match, and haven’t slowed down since.
“We dropped that first set and had an opportunity to roll over with a young team and didn’t,” Coleman said. “The girls fought and took the next three sets. That was a confidence builder going down to Franklin and playing well there. We were challenged there and we were able to build some confidence.”
Western Boone dropped to 3-4 on the season.
Head coach Laura Lawson said that the Stars lost to a better team on Tuesday and have to build to get to that level.
“At times we played well,” Lawson said. “Obviously Zionsville is a very talented team and a quick team. It was good for our girls to see that high level and hopefully we can get to that point.”
It was the second-straight day the Stars played a tough 4A, HCC opponent. On Monday night, the Stars lost to Brownsburg 3-1. Lawson said her team will learn more from those matches than playing a team they can easily beat.
“It definitely shows us some little things to fix that we maybe wouldn’t have noticed,” Lawson said. “It really helps with blocking and serve receive and just being consistent in those.”
Sydney Aguirre led the Eagles with 11 kills and eight digs. Avery Moore had eight kills, with Jenny Pitts having six kills and 11 digs.
Katie Kirkendol had 36 assists and nine digs, with senior libero Anna Murphy adding 17 digs.
“A match like this is great because it allows our young kids to play,” Coleman said. “We are starting freshmen and we need them to gain experience. But our second team is really good, and they challenge our first team in practice all the time. So if somebody is having an off night, we have pieces that can fill in.”
Tori Wilkinson had eight kills for the Stars.
Maddie Holubik had 15 digs and Maddie Hawkins had 10. Holly Thompson added 15 assists.
“Our blockers, especially Anna Jones, started making some adjustments in the third set and that was good to see,” Lawson said. “Our serve receive, especially in the second set was better, so we did see improvement throughout the match.”
Western Boone is back in action Thursday at home against Covenant Christian.
Zionsville travels to Fishers on Thursday.
“We want to play hard and execute our gameplan,” Coleman said. “Hopefully we lock in mentally, and if we are mentally engaged with the effort we have put forth so far this season, we will take that. Obviously we are building toward the sectional. We want to win conference, everybody does, but it is about taking steps forward so you are playing your best at the end of the year.”