By Beau Wicker Pharos-Tribune
---- — Logansport’s volleyball team survived a test against Mid-Indiana Conference leader Maconaquah in four games on Wednesday in the Berry Bowl, 25-17, 23-25, 30-28, 25-20.
“They played hard and their kids did a good job,” LHS coach Jon Vernon said of the three-time defending MIC champion Braves. “They’re not Harrison or McCutcheon, but they’re better than they were last year.”
Sydney Bullard had 23 kills and two blocks to lead the Berries (9-8). Lindsey Cheney collected 41 digs and an ace.
“Those two kids did as well tonight as they’ve done in awhile,” Vernon said.
Nakeya Penny had 11 kills and Paulie Frye added 10 kills and a block for Logansport. Hannah Jones had 14 digs to go with 28 assists. Katie Easter dished 25 assists. Karlee Vernon added an ace.
Jon Vernon would like to see more consistency from his squad after a solid three-game win over Lafayette Jeff on Monday.
“We don’t have the focus every time. We have some players that are sick or injured right now,” he said. “We played well Monday against Jeff. I’d like to see that consistency from one night to the next. It’s something that’s not there but we’ll keep plugging away and get better and keep winning.”
The Berries are taking a 1-1 North Central Conference record into tonight’s home match against Marion.
Logan 5, Delphi 0
The Berries improved to 14-2 with the win at possible sectional opponent Delphi.
Nathaniel King went three sets for his victory over Jack Gillam at No. 2 singles, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Bryan Zehner and Lucas Eastburn won their singles matches by 6-0, 6-0 scores over Elliott Atkinson and Caleb Myers, respectively.
Dustin Clements and Kaleb Overway defeated Braden Abbott and Josh Gillam 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles, and Jared Cole and Matt Jennings defeated Marcus Austin and Colin Edging 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.
The Berries host Marion at 6 p.m. today for a chance to gain a share of the North Central Conference title with the defending champion Giants.
Marion is ranked 26th in the state and is 14-3 and 5-0 in NCC play this year. Logan is 4-1 in league play.
Caston 1, Mac 0
The Comets recorded the win in Bunker Hill on Tuesday. Braden Moss scored the lone goal of the contest on an assist by Carlos Lorza Rios in the first half.
“First, credit to Maconaquah,” CHS coach Nars Sanchez said. “They were to tough to break down. They were stingy in the 18 and did well keeping the score line to 1-0.
“We had the majority of possession. We had some 21 shots on goal and unfortunately only able to finish on one of those shots.”
The Caston coach credited his team.
“Jose [Pinto] had a very good performance for us in the mid and was able to get in dangerous spots to either put the ball in space or get a shot on goal repeatedly. Braden and Alex [Howdeshell] are starting to build chemistry with our midfielders, and both Victor [Artero-Rios] and Jose are seeing more runs up into the 18 because of it. I would really like to see my senior captain Victor to take more shots and runs up the middle of the park.
“Sarah [Holt], Addison [Sarver], Santiago [Henderson] and Luke [Sutton] were all key components to the match and played quality minutes for us in our win. While we played well in every phase of the match, we still have loads of room for improvement, netting more shots, to be specific. Overall, I am content with our performance and look to see more improvement as we push towards sectionals.”