The Lewis Cass volleyball team won the Rossville Hornet Invitational on Saturday.
The Kings went 4-0 to win the nine-team event. They defeated Fountain Central (25-9, 25-17), Rossville (25-23, 25-19), Lafayette Central Catholic (25-20, 17-25, 15-13) and Maconaquah (25-16, 25-21).
“The girls had so much hustle, heart and competitiveness,” Cass coach Katie Easter said. “I am very proud of how we rebounded from our last game to pull out the win. This was the best we’ve played all season.”
The win over Lafayette Central Catholic was particularly big.
“That was our toughest match of the day. The girls worked so hard,” Easter said.
Taylor Rodabaugh and Kendal Johnson had 20 kills apiece on the day for the Kings. Paxtyn Hicks dished out 46 assists. Madi Rodabaugh and Maci Garland served tough with eight and six aces, respectively.
Cass was unable to keep the momentum going Monday night at Northwestern, as the Kings fell 25-18, 25-20, 25-15.
“We couldn’t get into a rhythm and had a lot of unforced errors,” Easter said.
Taylor Rodabaugh led with 23 digs followed by Madi Rodabaugh with 14. Kendal Johnson led with 11 kills followed by Madi Rodabaugh with five. Paxtyn Hicks dished out 23 assists and served three aces.
The Kings (11-8) are at home tonight when they host North Miami.
Class A No. 3 Pioneer finished runner-up at the event one year after winning it.
The Panthers defeated Clinton Prairie (25-19, 25-22) and Fort Wayne South Side (25-13, 25-19) in pool play to reach the gold medal round. They beat No. 4 Covington (25-21, 25-20) in a semifinal match before falling to Class 2A No. 2 Heritage Christian (25-14, 25-20) in the title match.
Heritage Christian, the defending Class 2A state champion, features Purdue recruit Raven Colvin, one of the best middle blockers in the country in the Class of 2021 who is the daughter of Rosevelt Colvin, a former Boilermaker who won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots.
Pioneer coach Rod Nies was pleased with how his squad competed against Heritage Christian, especially in the second set.
“Wow, are they good,” Nies said. “I was really pleased with my girls’ efforts against them.
“We led a good portion of that set and had our chances to maybe throw it into a third set.”
It was a good day overall for the Panthers.
“Olivia Brooke is playing some really good volleyball. If we can pass the ball consistently to her we are a really tough team and are going to be a tough out because she is running the offense excellent,” Nies said. “Defensively, she puts up a huge block on the other team’s outside hitter. My DS’s and liberos are coming around, they’re getting better. It’s a lot of fun to see them continue to improve as the season progresses. Brooklyn Borges is playing well, Kennedy Corn is playing well, Hailey Cripe and Madison Blickenstaff are playing lights out.”
LOGAN 4, MUNCIE C. 1
Logansport erased a 1-0 deficit with four goals in the final 28 minutes in a win at Muncie Central.
Juan Perez had three goals and an assist to lead the Berries (6-4). Cesar Perez had the other Berry goal.
The Berries scored all four goals in a 12-minute span in the second half.
“We had a tough first half, just lacked that intensity,” Logan coach Mike Turner said. “In the second half we had much better pressure, better possession. We were faster with the ball and played more like we have been doing the past couple of games. Fun to watch and fun to coach.”
CASTON 0, LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 0
Caston played Lakeland Christian to a draw in Winona Lake.
“Both teams competed hard. Unfortunately we couldn’t leave with a win, but Lakeland did a great job of keeping us from converting shots into goals,” Caston coach Nars Sanchez said. “I feel like the team did a better job of moving the ball through the phases of the pitch today. We definitely saw more passes connecting between our backs, mids and forwards this afternoon. We got caught in a few counters that were troublesome and luckily none ended with us conceding a goal.
“Overall a solid performance, we need to keep pushing to score each game, and eventually, will get in a consistent scoring rhythm.”
Cass placed fourth and Pioneer placed eighth out of 17 teams.
Makenna Leicht placed eighth in 21:25 to lead Cass. She was followed by Odessa Vest (14th, 21:58), Liberty Scott (15th, 22:00), Bella Panmei (24th, 22:57) and Delaney Zeck (38th, 23:50).
“We had four all-time best times and six season-best times from our combined JV and varsity girls,” said Cass coach Denise Rush, who added the JV placed third as a team. “We celebrate our girls who showed improvement and still have many places that we feel we can move up. The girls had a great week of practice and with hard work, patience and perseverance the Lady Kings will continues to improve.”
Violet Montgomery placed sixth in 21:06 to lead Pioneer, followed by Kylie Farris (31st, 23:30), Macee Baker (32nd, 23:33), Maggie Steffel (57th, 24:59) and Haleigh Welker (61st, 25:24).
OAK HILL INVITE
Logansport placed sixth out of 17 teams.
The Berries were led by Carolayn Salamanca (22nd) and Malia Roberts (25th) who both medaled in the event. Maria Perez (38th, 22:45) and Azucena Hernandez (45th, 22:58) both broke into the 22’s for the first time this season. It was a personal-best time for Hernandez.
“We are really happy for Azucena because she has worked so hard the past four years to earn a varsity spot,” said LHS coach Brian Morrill. “This has been a real good year for Azucena and we think both Azucena and Maria can continue to see their times go down as we move into the last month of the season.”
Freshman Kaylee Perez continued to improve with a 23:50 for a personal best on Saturday. Gabby Reyes (24:09) and Cecially Martinez (24:21) both ran their season’s best times. Gabby Richie (24:39) and Erica White (24:54) were 8th and 9th for the Berries on Saturday with Irasema Munoz-Diaz finishing in 25:54.
“We ran pretty well on Saturday and the girls continue to get better each week. They are working hard in practice and their legs are a little heavy right now, but this will help us get ready for the last month of the season. Salamanca and Roberts are our leaders right now and we need to get our others closer to them in order to get us where we need to be late in the season,” said Morrill.
TIPPY VALLEY INVITE
Caston placed seventh out of 11 teams.
Delaney Strasser placed 15th in 22:28 to lead the Comets, followed by Stevanna Young (30th, 24:24), Mackenzi Roudebush (31st, 24:27), Makayla Lee (56th, 26:45), and Bryn Brumett (72nd, 28:19).
“Coming off a fairly fast, flat home course last weekend, I’m very pleased to see so many of the ladies set season best times on Valley’s more difficult course,” Caston coach Blair Zimmerman said. “In spite of injuries and illness, these ladies are showing fierce determination, and I’m excited to see how far it takes them.”
TIPPY VALLEY INVITE
Caston placed sixth out of 14 teams.
The Comets were led by senior Micah Colvin, who finished third overall in 17:18. He was followed by Austin Dague (8th, 18:14), Edison Byrum (17th, 18:45), Marshall Finke (62nd, 20:53), Eric Reidenbach (94th, 22:59) and Alex Craig (107th, 24:01).
“It was great to see the guys run so fantastically as a team in spite of having guys out for other events and illness,” Zimmerman said. “We had several guys running varsity for the first time, and they acquitted themselves admirably. They’ve been working hard at practice, and it is paying off for them.”
Winamac edged Pioneer 434-438 to win the conference title at Chesapeake Run Golf Course. North Judson placed third with a 468.
Keira Bucinski placed second overall with a 97 to lead the Warriors. She was followed by Janet Calfee (106), Megan Wentz (114), Giselle Lowry (117) and Bianca Huizar (125).
Pioneer senior Hailey Gotshall shot 92 to earn medalist honors. She was followed by Kynzie Bullock (109), Katelyn Duncan (115) and Emilie Schmaltz (122).
Logansport shot a 407 to place sixth at the event held Monday at the Trophy Club in Lebanon.
Myleigh Moon led the Berries with a 98. She was followed by Trista Russow (102), Reiss Weaver (103), Pailei Cripe (104) and Kendra Sutton (110)
Richmond won with a 365, followed by a top five of Lafayette Jeff (389), Harrison (391), McCutcheon (396) and Muncie Central (404).