“Kokomo has a ‘bero we didn’t want to serve, and we tried to keep the play away from Tori Lauderbaugh and Brooke Smith, who are both nice players,” Gretchen Crum said. “We did such a better job reading the hitters and had some great defense from everyone, especially the three seniors. Good defense fired us up and everyone contributed to the offense tonight. Our five sophomores just continue to play with confidence. This team really enjoys being together and we have had very good practices which has made a lot of the difference in our performance.
“We will take this momentum onto the weekend when we play Rossville, Seeger and Maconaquah in the pool play at the Rossville Tournament.”
Pioneer 3, N. White 0
The Panthers opened Midwest Conference play with a 27-25, 25-11, 25-14 win over visiting North White.
Hannah Tevis had 14 kills and three blocks, and Sarah Dorris added 10 kills, six digs and six aces for the Panthers (6-3 overall). Riley Morris dished 19 assists to go with two aces. Megan Smith collected 21 digs. Kayte Miller had five kills and seven digs. Shelby Roller dished eight assists. Maddie Kiser added four kills and Lyndsey Stewart chipped in three.
“In that first set we were a little bit tight and a lot of that had to do with their play. They dig everything you throw at them. It’s very nerve-racking,” Pioneer coach Rod Nies said. “They have a couple of girls that are pretty good offensive players. Their setter is a nice setter. They’ve got a couple of girls that can hit the ball. But they’re going to play defense and dig everything you’ve got and try to make you make a hitting error or something. It’s a typical Teresa McIntire team.
“I told the girls you’ve got to keep pounding away and keep beating the ball. The percentage is in favor of the hitter.