Freshman seeks postseason run

Izzy Reed’s inaugural season of volleyball at Greenwood Christian Academy is beginning to wind down.

The freshman outside hitter would prefer it conclude inside Ball State’s Worthen Arena — home of the four state championship matches — on Nov. 4.

Considering the Cougars’ three losses are to schools with enrollments of 1,500 to 3,100 students (171 students attend GCA), there’s certainly a chance.

GCA is 17-3 entering today’s match at Decatur Central.

The losses, while disappointing, should make the Cougars that much better once the postseason begins Oct. 10. Greenwood Christian is one of seven programs in the Class A Morristown Sectional.

“I don’t think any of us get intimidated playing the big schools,” said Reed, who is among her team’s leaders in kills, digs and service aces. “Every day we get a little bit better. I’m just excited to see what happens at sectional.”

The Cougars broke ground in 2016 with the program’s first sectional championship, defeating host Lutheran in a come-from-behind five-set thriller, 21-25, 24-26, 25-15, 25-16, 15-12.

Being a newcomer on a veteran squad, Reed wasn’t sure how she would fit in before the season began. The transition, she said, was seamless.

“The chemistry on this team is great,” Reed said. “Our coaching staff is awesome and the players, we just click.”

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Mike Beas is a sports writer for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at mbeas@dailyjournal.net.