Zionsville — The Zionsville volleyball team was right there in all three games against Hoosier Crossroads Conference foe Noblesville Thursday night.
But in the end, it was the Millers who got the key points they needed to and topped the Eagles 25-23, 25-21, 25-20.
The loss dropped the Eagles to 6-2 on the year and 2-1 in the HCC.
“It was our errors,” Zionsville head coach Dawn Jones said. “We knew it was going to come down to that because statistically they are really similar to us. I think it was a tough game and a good match-up for us. I thought tonight would be a toss-up. We played hard, it was just our errors at crucial points.”
Game one was tied at 15 before a quick three-point spurt gave Noblesville an 18-15 lead.
The Eagles came back to tie the game at 20 on back-to-back kills by Cyra Bammer and again at 21 on another Bammer kill.
A Bammer ace gave Zionsville a brief 22-21 lead, but the Millers scored the next three points to grab control of the game and won it two points after that.
Game two saw the Eagles fall behind 7-2 early.
The Eagles tried to claw their way back into the game, getting within two twice (at 21-19 on a block by Carlie Vannatta and Lauren Potoczek, and at 22-20 on a kill by Keegan Kollias), but got no closer.
One of the biggest differences in the game was not being able to get any clean attacks.
For more of this story, read Friday’s Lebanon Reporter.