ELLETSVILLE -- A long, rough season for the Greencastle High School girl's volleyball squad ended Thursday night with an opening round sectional defeat to Brown County at Edgewood High School.
The Eagles came out strong and, behind a 16-serve streak from Shelby Hundley, left Greencastle tailing by taking the first set 7-25.
Greencastle tightened the contest up a bit in the second set before Brown County began to pull away later on, taking set two 14-25.
The Tiger Cubs could not prevent the sweep as a relaxed Brown County squad eased into the semifinals of the Edgewood sectional, winning 10-25 in the final set.
As the year came to a close, Greencastle head coach Liz Spencer had many things to think about.
"I've enjoyed working with the girls. It was frustrating that we could just never get over the hump. We've made some strides in a lot of areas. I think people continued to improve throughout the year and consequently our lineups never got set," Spencer said.
"We never solidified certain locations, which makes it hard on the kids when they're playing beside different people all the time. There's a lot of work to do. If people don't want to dig down and do the work, nothing's going to change.
"I've seen a lot of growth in a lot of the kids. I hope that they see it and see what we're trying to do. Our personnel dictated that we kept changing lineups and fit people in. As younger kids got better, they deserved a chance to fit in and see what they could do at the varsity level," Spencer added.
With the close of the season came the close of the volleyball days for three seniors on the GHS squad.
"We have three of the best seniors that any coach could have hoped for. It's not always about what they do on the court, it's what they do outside the court by keeping the team together. Braden Amis, Brooke Buckner and Kelsey Grzesiek have all done wonderful this year," Spencer said.
"It was hard on them, playing for a new coach their senior year. But I depended on them from the very beginning and depended on them until the very end. You always hope that you can pull something together for the seniors but it just didn't work out for them.
"They're all top-notch kids, they practiced hard every day and I wish it could have been better for them."
At Edgewood High School
IHSAA 3A Sectional No. 29
Greencastle 7 14 10
Brown County 25 25 25