It was a big night at Batesville High School.
The annual “Dig Pink” volleyball match between rivals Batesville and East Central was a good one.
The two equally-talented squads battled for five sets before a winner was determined.
The visiting Lady Trojans captured the victory by the scores of 25-15, 20-25, 29-27, 21-25 and 15-9.
The first two sets passed with each team winning one to set up a pivotal third.
The Lady Trojans pulled out a thrilling 29-27 win in the third and forced Batesville to win the final two.
The Lady Bulldogs achieved their first goal of winning the fourth set only to lose the tie-breaker.
Anytime a match goes five sets some big numbers can be racked up statistically.
The Lady Trojans were led by Jessica Wilgenbusch and Nicole Sandmann with 18 kills apiece. Wilgenbusch had 48 attacking opportunities and Sandmann had 31. Becca Graham led the team in setting with 38 assists.
Defensively, Maria Gregg set the pace for EC with 24 digs followed by Wilgenbusch with 18.
The Lady Bulldogs got a team-high 17 kills from Bailey Baumer. Madi Oesterling was second on the team with eight.
Morgan Dreyer got the majority of targets at setter and finished with 19 assists.
Baumer had 26 digs and Oesterling five blocks to lead the defensive effort.
The East Central junior varsity was a winner in two sets – 25-14 and 25-16.
Gabby Cooper and Monica Bedel each had a pair of kills, while Sydney Strickland was the top server for BHS.
BHS tops Union County
It was another five set match, but the outcome was different for the Lady Bulldogs.
The BHS varsity defeated Union County by the scores of 15-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-23 and 15-8.
Baumer and Dreyer controlled play at the net with 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
Katie Thomas was the top setter with 17 assists in 42 attempts.
The Lady Bulldogs served at 92-percent accuracy for the match. Rylee Goldsmith led the way with 17 points in 26 attempts.
The BHS junior varsity was defeated in three sets – 20-25, 25-13 and 10-15.