Zionsville — Coming off a win over then third-ranked Brownsburg on Monday, the Zionsville boys volleyball team made sure there wasn't a letdown Wednesday evening against Center Grove.
The Eagles won a three-set match 25-17, 25-18, 25-23 against the Trojans, improving to 21-4 on the season.
"The experience we have allows to keep pushing forward," Zionsville head coach Matthew Nance said. "In year's past, we may have dropped a set tonight coming off a big win. That experience matters, and we talked about it a lot in practice on Tuesday. Our expectation was to come in here and play our best volleyball tonight."
The win on Monday was the fourth against a current ranked team this season this year for the Eagles, and improved their record to 4-4 against ranked teams.
Going into this week, the Eagles had dropped three-straight matches against ranked opponents. With the wins Monday and Wednesday night, the Eagles have now won seven matches in a row heading into the final two matches of the season.
"It feels really good for sure, and I hope it propels us into the post-season," Nance said. "Brownsburg is a really good team, and we see a couple of really good teams still, and that is big at the end of the season."
Up 1-0 in the match, the Eagles had little problems in set two.
They pulled away in the middle of the set to go up 20-13 and never led by less than four from there.
The Eagles have senior night Thursday, and Nance said the match was a perfect opportunity to get those seniors a lot of playing time, and hopes he can do it again Thursday.
"We wanted to get all the seniors out there and give them a chance to play," Nance said. "They have all earned the time they have gotten. We had 10 seniors out there, and to have them all produce and get a lot of time was nice."
A couple of those seniors made a big impact early in the third set to give Zionsville a big lead.
Jack Drake had three kills, while Lucas Brown and Zach Breisch each had one as the Eagles led 14-6. Back-to-back kills by Breisch put the Eagles up 18-10 in the set, but Center Grove fought back to get within one at 23-22 and 24-23.
But both times the Eagles had the answer, with a Brown kill making it 24-22, and then a kill by Ethan Krone ending it.
"They all played well, but I think our middles had a great match," Nance said. "Jack Miller and Zach Breisch did really well in the middle, and Morgen (Roberts) did a great job setting and moving the ball all around."
Having seniors step up at this time of the season is big for any program, and the Eagles have nine of them that are making an impact.
Nance said they have left their mark on the program.
"They have elevated the level of play this year," Nance said. "Their experience has made a huge difference. They camaraderie and friendship has carried them through the last four years, and that is showing on the court."
The Eagles have two more regular season matches, hosting Lafayette Jefferson today and No. 10 Guerin Catholic on Monday.
Nance said there are a few things he wants to work on heading into the post-season.
"The thing we want to work on the most is keeping up with the speed of the game," Nance said. "Some of the better teams in the state like to play a faster game, so being able to respond to that and be able to even predict it when we can will be huge for us."