from Staff reports
---- — Winamac’s volleyball squad topped Carroll 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 25-21 Monday, spoiling the Cougars’ senior night.
Warriors coach Cathy DeFries was impressed with her team’s play.
“We played very well against a very much improved Carroll team,” DeFries said. “They had two middle hitters that could really bury the ball and did a great job. Once we got our blocks together and figured out we were able to shut them down.”
Ashley Eichelberger led Winamac with 10 kills, seven digs, six aces and four blocks. Taylor Jones had 14 assists, six aces and three kills. Savanna Button had 12 kills and five blocks. Bethany Brogdon contributed seven digs and three assists. Lexi Hanson had nine assists. Dakota Heims and Raychel Davis each had three blocks.
Bailey Worl, Carroll’s lone senior, had a big night with 21 kills and 21 service points.
Also for Carroll, Elizabeth Eurit had 30 assists, six points, three aces and three kills. Libby Eller had 18 digs, six points and four aces. Lauren Worl had 12 digs, seven points and six kills and Madison Miller had 10 digs.
Pioneer 3, Clinton Central 1
Class A No. 6-ranked Pioneer (21-8) had to go four games before taking the match against Class 2A No. 13 Clinton Central, 25-15, 10-25, 25-23, 25-22.
Pioneer coach Rod Nies was happy with the win, but confused with the shift in momentum early in the match.
“[I am] not quite sure how you beat a team 25-15, and turn around and get beat 25-10,” Nies said. “The team is up and down like this. We have to find a way to channel our focus and stay into the game and the whole match. We are getting to the end of the season. If we are lucky to get out of sectional, then we play a tough regional. It seems to get tougher and tougher for us. We have to find a way to get through this phase.
“Clinton Central is a very good team and has very good coach. They are very similar to us with players that are tall and athletic. Two players they focus on, and they have good role players. The Bulldogs should win sectional, and they will also have a tough regional.”
Riley Morris led Pioneer with 18 assists, 14 service points and 13 digs. Lindsey Stewart had eight kills, and Bailey Storey had 11 kills. Kayte Miller had 10 points and eight digs. Sarah Dorris contributed 17 digs and 13 kills. Shelby Roller had 15 assists and 12 digs. Kelsey Hill came up with 14 digs and seven points. Megan Smith had 12 digs.
“Dorris played strong,” Nies added. “Stewart and Story played big. They are getting more confidence in their game.”
Knox 3, Logansport 1
Logansport (16-11) came out strong winning the first game, but Knox controlled the match the rest of the way in winning 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18.
Hannah Jones led Logansport with 21 assists, 12 digs and 11 service points. Lindsey Cheney had 26 digs and six points. Syd Bullard had 22 kills and six digs. Katie Easter had 19 assists and eight points. Nakeya Penny contributed six kills and six points. Monika Ness had six kills and Paulie Frye had three blocks.
Northwestern 3, Cass 0
Cass (8-16) got better as the match went on, but it wasn’t enough as the Kings lost to the Tigers 25-12, 25-23, 25-21 in Mid-Indiana Conference action.
Cass coach Gretchen Crum had mixed thoughts about the match.
“We missed one serve all night,” Crum said. “We aced them eight times, but they tipped us and many times we couldn’t read it. We need to ramp up our offense despite having a positive hitting night. Uncharacteristically poor defense with a team that had essentially one weapon. We have to play with more awareness and savvy than [Monday], or we will have trouble with Hamilton Heights. The girls will bounce back. We need to think about finishing our conference schedule and then we can address the Cass County Tournament.”
Claire Crum led Cass (2-4 MIC) with nine kills, seven digs and three aces. Aubrey Young had six digs, three kills and two aces. Gabi Hartley had 17 assists and two aces. Trisha Hartley and Tori Powell each had seven kills. Kassi Zeck contributed 20 digs. Bailey Gremelspacher had nine assists, and Brooke Langley two kills.