From staff reports
---- — Class A No. 7-ranked Pioneer swept county rival Lewis Cass in three, 25-10, 25-19, 25-17, in volleyball action Monday at Walton.
Pioneer coach Rod Nies knew it was going to be a tough match.
“I told the girls before the match, ‘This is probably one of the better Cass teams that they have had since Abby Ropes,’” Nies said. “The girls came out firing on all cylinders. Our defense got a lot of touches on blocks, serve receptions and digs, keeping the ball in play. I am pleased with the effort in the last two matches. In the South Newton match, we shuffled the lineup a bit to rest some girls. The girls responded, so I am very pleased. We looked as sharp as we have been all season. We beat a solid Cass team.”
Riley Morris had a nice match for Pioneer (16-6) with 21 assists, six service points, three digs and two aces. Sarah Dorris had 13 kills, 12 digs, four points and two aces. Shelby Roller had 16 assists, five points and four digs. Kelsey Hill contributed 10 points, six digs and three aces. Kayte Miller had 13 points and six digs. Megan Smith had 11 digs and six points. Hannah Tevis had nine kills, followed by Maddie Kiser with eight and Bailey Storey with six.
Cass coach Gretchen Crum wasn’t happy with her team’s play.
“We played very poorly in the first set,” Crum said. “We hung around a bit in the other two sets, but we just never got going with anything aggressive. Our serving was accurate, but no pace on the ball, and our serve receive was not up to par. Not to take anything away from Pioneer’s serve. They can pick you apart serving to zone. We need to go back in the gym [today] and work on serve receive and some things on offense. We also need to try to stay healthy with some kids feeling under the weather [Monday].”
Gabi Hartley led Cass with 13 assists and four digs. Claire Crum added 10 digs and six kills. Kassi Zeck came up with 16 digs. Bailey Gremelspacher contributed with nine assists. Tori Powell had seven kills, and Trisha Hartley added six kills.
Logansport 3, Peru 0
Logansport had a sound performance against Peru in winning 25-17, 25-12, 25-14.
Katie Easter led the Berries (13-9) with 13 digs, 10 service points, seven assists and 2 aces. Hannah Jones had 15 points and 14 assists. Nakeya Penny had six points including three aces. Kourtney Kniesly added six digs. Karlee Vernon led in kills with six, followed by Lauren Pruitt and Monika Ness each with five, and Paulie Frye led in blocks with three.
“I thought the kids did a great job,” Logansport coach John Vernon said. “They had fun out on the court. [Freshman] Vernon had six kills and [sophomore] Ness added five, so our younger kids had a good night. It was a good night for our team, and we played well.”
Winamac 2, Caston 2
Caston took an early 1-0 lead, before Winamac’s Jorden Bitterling made a penalty kick to tie it . In the second half, the Comets went up 2-1, and the Warriors (2-9-3) tied it again on a penalty kick by Gage Garpow.
Winamac coach Mark Eber was happy that the game ended in a tie.
“It’s not a win, but the way our season has gone, it’s still pretty satisfying senior night,” Eber said. “The kids bounced back not once but twice and played their butts off. We made a couple of mistakes, and one cost us a goal, but the kids fought to get it back. The kids were fired up after they undercut our keeper in the second half,a nd they used that emotion.”
Winamac goalie Austen Brown had 12 saves.
Logansport announced the pairings for the local sectional, which will start on Wednesday. All the start times will be 4:45 p.m.
Logansport plays Carroll in the opening match on Wednesday. Cass will play Delphi in one semifinal match Thursday, and Twin Lakes will take on the winner of the Logansport/Carroll match in the other semifinal. The winners will play for the championship on Friday.
Caston’s Adrianna Dague placed second overall in 20:34 in the invite on Saturday. Jenna Showley was next for the Comets with an 86th-place finish (24:21), followed by Hannah Cousins (116th, 25:56), Marli Leazenby (159th, 29:21) and Krysta Schanlaub (167th, 31:37).
The Comets ended in 19th place as a team with 484 points.
Caston finished in 21st place with 556 points, which was well behind John Glenn, who won the closed division with 118 points on Saturday.
Seth Cousins led the Comets with a 16th-place finish (17:48), followed by Darin Chew (104th, 19:52), Dalton Daily (129th, 20:28), Andrew Mith (150th, 21:10) and Brant Buczkowski (180th, 22:27).