Caston went toe-to-toe with one of the top volleyball teams in the HNAC on senior night Tuesday in Fulton.
Triton recorded a close four-set win, 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-13.
With the win, Triton (14-14, 5-2 HNAC) secured a second-place finish in conference play, finishing tied with LaVille and North Judson.
But the Comets (8-19, 1-6) were able to take a set from the Trojans and nearly more.
“I think the third set was some of the best volleyball we’ve played all year,” Caston coach Melinda Shultz said. “We dug in. But really in the first and second sets we also had a lot of moments where we played well. We started out really strong the first set. But the third set we were able to put it all together. I think the fourth set we just had pretty much given a lot that third set and we weren’t able to come out strong to start off the fourth set and then had lost our momentum.”
The Comets honored seniors Grayce Horn, Kaylyn Young, Kyra Estrada, Sophie Jellison and Amelia Lowry on the night.
“It was a really good night,” Shultz said. “They all got in, they all got some good playing time, all really contributed a lot. My seniors also worked to put together the whole Pink Night thing. They raised over $1,900 to give to Sam Schanlaub. So even though we lost the game, they’ve taken a lot away from the whole experience from the whole night.”
Before the third set began, the Comets held a presentation recognizing a Caston aide, coach, parent and alumni, Samantha Schanlaub, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The volleyball team had several different fundraisers throughout the week and raised over $1,900 which they presented to Schanlaub before the third set.
“They’re a really good group of girls,” Shultz said. “They really want to do well and they want to work hard for each other. That sometimes makes up for their volleyball skills. Their desire sometimes makes up for that.”
The Comets have already octupled their win total of a year ago with their eight wins. They also drew a winnable match at the upcoming Class A Southwood Sectional. They’ll face North Miami in a semifinal at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.
Jellison had 15 kills, 13 assists and an ace on Tuesday. Sophomore Maddison Smith floored 18 kills and two aces. Sophomore Rachel Rogers put down nine blocks. Estrada led the defense with 35 digs and added two aces. Junior Layne Oliver served nine points and two aces. Lowry had seven points and an ace. Young added an ace.
LOGAN 3, DELPHI 2
Logansport pulled out a five-game win at Delphi on Monday night, 18-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21, 16-14.
Carley Camp had 10 blocks, nine kills, five aces and 14 digs for the Berries (13-13). Brooke Veasey floored nine kills and Kyleigh Sweet had seven kills and two blocks. Mayce McClure had five aces and eight digs. Daima Fermoselle led the defense with 14 digs and Hunter Hamm and Josie Carden added eight apiece. Laine McLochlin added two blocks.
Haley Nelson had 16 kills and four blocks to lead the Oracles (6-17). Jordyn Gasser had 10 kills. Jaira Houston served five aces. Lillie Smith collected 35 digs. Reagan Glasson dished out 33 assists.
N. JUDSON 3, WINAMAC 0
Defending Class 2A state champion North Judson defeated visiting Winamac in three games on Monday, 25-22, 25-21, 25-19.
Maggie Smith had 10 kills and four blocks for the Warriors (11-13). Jenna Zeider floored seven kills and five aces, and Kendal Johnson had five kills and two aces. Taylor Jennings collected 21 assists and 11 digs.
“We welcomed Alyssa Villanueva and Ella Gearhart onto the varsity floor. Because the last several games were very difficult from a passing perspective, we were looking for someone to help improve that aspect of our game,” Winamac coach Heather Kasten said. “Ella Gearhart stepped into that role very well for us. She walked away with the third highest serve receive percentage on the team last night and a 75 percent serve rating with her eight service attempts. Alyssa also stepped up in the front row for us, hitting at 50 percent, with two kills out of her four attempts. Unfortunately, serve receive was still the biggest struggle and we were unable to feed our hitters like we needed to.”
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