Arrows celebrate senior night with win


By Jeremy Erskine - jerskine@civitasmedia.com



Senior Madison Elkins gets a block during Preble Shawnee’s home victory over Middletown Madison on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Elkins stepped up with eight kills, a block, and 14 service points, along with an ace in her final home match for the Arrow volleyball team.


CAMDEN — Preble Shawnee’s volleyball team ended its season with three matches in one week, taking on Tri-County North, Middletown Madison, and Milton-Union.

The Arrows ended the week with wins against North and Madison, winning both in straight sets before falling to Milton-Union in their last game.

The Arrows end the regular season at 10-12 and 6-6 in the SWBL – right in the middle of the standings.

“There were several matches I think could have gone our way, but our youth and inexperience showed,” said Shawnee head coach Kristy Cottingim. “Overall, I’m happy with the season and the development the players have made. We are poised to have a great season next year.”

Shawnee began the week against North on Monday, Oct. 12. It was also senior night as the team honored their lone-senior Maddie Elkins.

“Madison has been a great leader this year with her positive attitude and work ethic. She is one of the toughest players I have coached,” said Cottingim. “She never complains, always chooses the more difficult goals, and reminds me of the teams’ earned penalties.”

The Arrows dominated the game from start to finish; only allowing North three points in the first set. They eventually won in straight sets, beating the Panthers 25-3, 25-18, 25-11.

Elise Walker led the team with 11 kills and five digs. Kaylie Campbell added four blocks while Madison Elkins had 21 serves and five aces. Savannah Lynch led in assists with nine.

On Tuesday, the Arrows hosted Madison, winning in straight sets 25-23, 25-15, 27-25.

“The league was really close and Madison had defeated both Waynesville and Dixie, so we were not taking a win for granted even though we beat Madison earlier in the season,” said Cottingim.

Walker had another big night with 13 kills, 14 digs, and 12 assists. Elkins stepped up with eight kills, one block, 14 serves and one ace. Savannah Lynch added 17 kills and 11 digs.

“My setters are really stepping up their defense and often leading in digs,” said Cottingim.

They closed out the regular season on the road to Milton-Union on Thursday.

“The league championship came down to two matches on Thursday – ours with Milton and Dixie playing Waynesville. Milton was prepared to fight for league. They had a good crowd and played the best I have seen them play,” said Cottingim.

Shawnee came out tough though, winning their first set 25-17.

Milton-Union was able to rally though, winning the next three, 25-21, 25-23, and 25-16.

Walker put up stellar numbers once again, earning 19 kills and 10 assists. Kylie Mikesell also had a great night with 20 good serve receptions, 16 digs, and six kills.

Shawnee was scheduled to take on Northeastern on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Brookville.

Senior Madison Elkins gets a block during Preble Shawnee’s home victory over Middletown Madison on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Elkins stepped up with eight kills, a block, and 14 service points, along with an ace in her final home match for the Arrow volleyball team.
http://registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_PS-Volley.jpgSenior Madison Elkins gets a block during Preble Shawnee’s home victory over Middletown Madison on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Elkins stepped up with eight kills, a block, and 14 service points, along with an ace in her final home match for the Arrow volleyball team.

By Jeremy Erskine

jerskine@civitasmedia.com

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