Becoming a cohesive, confident team was the focus for Burris’ varsity girls’ volleyball head coach Mike Dodrill. The team made sure his goal didn’t fall short during Tuesday’s game against Muncie Central.
The Owls swept the Bearcats (25-15, 25-12, 25-15). Freshman Lauren Nixon and senior MyKel Ivy each racked up 17 and 13 kills, respectively. Though members had individual stand out performances, the key to Tuesday’s win was cohesion and confidence.
“I feel good. I feel like we can drive off of this confidence and that’s going try to drive through practice this week. We’re going to want to obviously feel the same way all weekend, all the way up to sectionals even,” Ivy said. “I just think we have to remember the losses that we’ve had this season so that wins like this feel even better.”
Though kills by Nixon and Ivy helped set the team up for success, it was senior Katie Scott’s dozen-serve streak in the second set that helped secure the win for the team. Scott finished the game with 20 aces.
“It was a cohesive win. There wasn't like star player here today. I thought everyone did really well tonight," Scott said.
For Scott, maintaining the same confidence is important heading into ISHAA sectionals, where No. 3 Burris has a chance to meet No. 1 New Castle — her former high school.
“I really want to beat them just because I know all the girls and it's kind of — just coming here I just fell in love with the program. The girls are so nice, and the coaching staff is amazing. So, I just know how hard we work,” Scott said. “I just hope we can perform.”
Burris (24-4) will head into sectionals Oct. 11 to face Jay County (13-5). If Burris beats Jay County, they have a chance again to face off against New Castle (25-4).
“I thought we didn't play as well as we could've and a large credit is to them and doing what they do. They hit the ball hard and they hit the ball well and I tougher they gave us a pretty good match, but I didn't feel like we have them a pretty good match,” Dodrill said. “I think we got some more that we could give them. I think it's really going to be a good showdown.”
Mary Freda is a senior news journalism and Spanish major at Ball State University.
In 2018, Mary was one of 10 students selected to participate in Hoosier State Press Association Pulliam Internship, where she was assigned to work at The Star Press as a general assignment, news reporter.
Currently, Mary works as a stringer reporter for The Commercial Review and The Star Press.