CLINTON-- The North Putnam Cougars volleyball team lost in five sets to South Vermillion Wednesday night in a controversial game 25-15, 17-25, 23-25, 26-24, and 15-13.
"The girls played well, this was a make or break game for us," said coach Jill Schreiber.
There was a controversial call at the end of the fourth game that cost the Cougars the win. Sophomore Paxton Stephenson served what was thought to have been the game winning serve, however the line judge called it out of bounds, when it appeared in by two feet. If the serve would of counted, that would of ended the game with the Cougars winning.
"That turned the momentum and the concentration of my girls around. In our hearts it's a win, by the books it's a loss, it's an experience and we will learn from it," said Schreiber.
The loss brings their overall record to 6-17, and they are 14 in the WCC.
"The girls have come a long way this season and I could not ask for a better team to coach," said Schreiber.
Leading the team in kills was Taylor Alles with 15, she also had five blocks, and 16 digs. Next was Carlye McGaughey with 12 kills, she also had two aces. Logan Doyle also had 12 kills, but her biggest stat was her digs, which she led with a total of 30. And Megan Gray led in assists with 15, she also had 13 digs.
The JV team picked up a win versus South Vermillion.
" The girls are beginning to pick up the little things that need to be done, they are improving with each game they play. They are beginning to understand the game and play as a team," said JV coach Bonnie Osborn.
At South Vermillion
North Putnam 15 25 25 24 13
S. Vermillion 25 17 23 26 15
Kills-- Alles 15, Doyle 12, McGaughey 12, Robinson 5, Brock 1, Preecs 1, Stephenson 1
Assists-- Gray 15, Alles 2, Robinson 2, Doyle 1, Asbell 1, Harbison 1
Blocks-- Alles 5 (4 solo stuffs), Robinson (2 solo stuffs), Preecs 1
Aces-- McGaughey 2, Alles 1, Gray 1, Robinson 1
Digs-- Doyle 30, Alles 16, Gray 13, Stephenson 10, McGaughey 9, Asbell 5, Preecs 5, Brock 5, Robinson 4