as did Milan Lady Indian hopes
Gary Franklin, Sports Writer
What opened to be a Milan Lady Indian hay-day, turned rather
quickly into something more closely resembling fodder and
The Lady Indians played host to the visiting South Ripley
Lady Raiders for high school volleyball action on Monday,
September 27. Initially the gym was evacuated due to a fire
alarm sounding prior to the JV game.
Once found to be a false alarm, players, coaches and fans
reentered the gym for the onset of the game.
JV action goes as desired
JV game one action found the two teams playing to ties at
2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 before the Lady Indians gained control of
the game, winning it 25-15.
A second consecutive game win by the score of 25-19 by the
Lady Indians over the Lady Raiders in the best of three venue
gained Milan the match victory, although game two found ties
at 1, 2, 8, 9 and 19 before momentum shifted back to the tribe.
Varsity match is hindered by blackout in gym
With anticipation of a rival victory high on both ends of
the gym, game one of the varsity match got underway after
the usual pregame warm ups, meeting of the captains with the
officials, singing of the National Anthem by MHS senior Stephanie
Kirk and the introduction of both teams' players.
Varsity game one appeared to be right back on track even with
the fire alarm issue of earlier. However that would soon prove
not be the case, as shortly into the game, the main lighting
went out at MHS with only auxiliary emergency lighting lit,
stopping the game cold turkey.
A brief time passed before lighting began to grow from dim
to a level play could resume. However, the game would now
be played without the benefit of the scoreboard or the speaker
Reverting to a chalk board, the game proceeded until the speaker
system power was restored and eventually the use of the scoreboards
The initial equipment failure of the evening's competition
plans would prove not to be the real hang up for the Lady
Indians, as time would prove.
Varsity Game One
Varsity game one included a tie at 1-1 before the Lady Indians
swiftly ran to a lead of 17-3. A South Ripley called timeout
stalled the Indian pace but found the end result a Milan victory
at 25-16 over the Lady Raiders.
Game two sparked a more closely contested game, resulting
in ties at 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20 and 21, before
the Lady Raiders closed the door on game two at 25-22 over
the Lady Indians.
With the match tied at a game apiece, excitement for Lady
Raider fans escalated while the tribe's losing of the closely
contested second game of the match left the tribe and their
followers' somewhat deflated.
The Lady Indians opened game three with a 7-0 run on the Lady
Raiders, from which they never looked back, winning 25-11
The solid win relit tribe team members and followers hopes,
but that would prove to be a false sense of security as their
lights were soon dimmed.
Not by the lack of gym lighting, but the light that represented
a match victory in the making. Nevertheless, the Lady Indians
held a 2 game to one edge in the best of five format.
In the all important game four, South Ripley would have to
pull off a win to stay alive and force the rubber game five
for the match to 15. Large task, but that they did. The Lady
Raiders scored first but found the game tied at one. The Lady
Indians sprang to a 7-1 lead before relenting. South Ripley
played to point deficit at 7-8 before Milan moved ahead at
15-7. A Lady Raider called timeout broke the Lady Indian momentum,
allowing the Lady Raiders to regain ground. The tribe moved
on to an 18-11 edge before the Lady Raiders regained a serving
opportunity. At 19-14, SR busted loose to pull within two
at 17-19. At 21-18, SR called a timeout following which they
moved to a one point deficit at 20-21 where Milan called for
Continuing from the timeout, SR knotted the game at 21, representing
the only tie since opening points of the game at 1-1. The
Lady Raiders gained their first lead of the game and advanced
to a 23-21 edge before Milan called for another timeout. Returning
from the timeout, SR closed the game for a 25-21 victory to
tie the match at 2 games each, forcing the game to 15 to determine
a match winner.
The all important rubber game opened for a Lady Raider 2-0
lead, allowing the Lady Indians but one point before moving
ahead at 5-1. A second point scored by Milan led to a Lady
Raider run to 8-2, where Milan called for a timeout. A pair
of Milan points led to SRs adding on for 10-4. The tribe
added a pair for 10-6 before the Lady Raiders edged to a 12-6
lead. Milan added a pair for 12-8 with SR adding one for 13-9
when the Lady Raiders called for a timeout. Following the
timeout, the Lady Raiders scored the needed pair of points
to win the game 15-9 and capture the match three games to
Lady Raider senior Meredith Knollman delivers a serve
during the 2010 LHS Volleyball Invitational.