The Lewis Cass volleyball team exacted some revenge against Caston on Tuesday night.
The Lady Kings swept the Lady Comets 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 in Walton.
The Kings avenged a two-game loss to the Comets at the county tournament during the season opening weekend on Aug. 17.
“I think the girls were definitely ready to come in and play hard. They lost early and that hurt them, so I think they were really motivated to win tonight,” Cass coach Katie Easter said.
The Kings (3-12) play a tough schedule in the Hoosier Conference and were sharp on Tuesday night.
“I’m hoping we can get going and I think this win might spark the rest of our season,” Easter said. “Each game that we’ve lost we’ve been close, so I’m proud of how we’re improving. But the girls know that we’re not satisfied with where we’re at and we’re going to keep pushing to be better.”
The first set was tied 8-all when the Kings went on a 10-0 run to gain control behind the hitting of Jacey Grimm and Rylee Holt and the serving of Madison Rodabaugh. Taylor Rodabaugh’s set-ending kill gave the Kings a 25-16 win.
The Kings trailed 10-8 in the second set when they went on a 9-0 run behind the hitting of Averi Parker and the serving of Taylor Rodabaugh. Holt’s set-ending kill gave the Kings a 25-18 win.
Paxtyn Hicks had two aces to start the third set as Cass scored the first four points. Caston got to within 18-16 when Kadie Cornell dialed up a kill for the Kings. Grimm and Holt had back-to-back kills to end the match and give Cass a 25-20 win.
The Comets (6-10) have already tripled their win total from a year ago. But they weren’t as sharp as they have been lately according to coach Melinda Shultz.
“I just feel like we didn’t get off the bus today. This was not the volleyball team that I’ve known for most of the rest of the season,” Shultz said. “I think it was maybe we were cold since it was a week since we played. This was the first weekend we didn’t have a game which I thought would be good for them but obviously was a struggle.
“Besides tonight we have a lot of good things to look forward to. I’ve seen a lot of improvement throughout the year. Tonight was just a bad night for us. But I still anticipate us getting a few more wins for the next month or so and I really look forward to what Caston volleyball has to offer for the rest of the year.”
Caston travels to Winamac on Thursday for a league match, while Cass hosts Kokomo on Thursday.
PIONEER 3, KNOX 0
Class A No. 4 Pioneer swept past visiting Knox 25-16, 25-11, 25-11.
The Panthers (13-3, 3-0 HNAC) served 18 aces in the win.
Mackenzie Walker had six aces, three kills and 13 digs. Olivia Brooke had five aces, 23 assists and four kills. Jara Esnal had five aces, four kills and 10 digs.
Hailey Cripe posted seven kills, nine digs and an ace. Mackenzie Robinson had nine digs and an ace. Madison Blickenstaff floored 12 kills. Carlie Morris and Kennedy Corn each added a block.
“We looked pretty solid tonight. Our ball control, serve receive and first contact was pretty solid all night,” said Pioneer coach Rod Nies, who added he thought Knox would be a top contender for the league title in the preseason.
“They played us really tough in the summer. I figured it would be Knox, us, Winamac and Triton,” Nies said.
Pioneer hosts North White on Thursday.
HARRISON 3, LOGAN 0
The Berries were swept by the visiting Raiders 25-14, 25-19, 25-9.
Claire Kitchel floored four kills and a block for the Berries (7-9, 0-1 NCC West). Carley Camp had two kills, an ace and a block. Mayce McClure collected two aces, 14 digs and four assists. Hunter Hamm dished out six assists. Brooke Veasey had an ace and a kill. Natalia Osborn and Kyleigh Sweet each added a kill.
“Could not get on the upside tonight. We will recover and focus on Lafayette Jeff for next week and keep positive,” Logan coach Dena Kuhn said.
Logan travels to Jeff next Tuesday.
LOGAN 3, LAFAYETTE JEFF 2
The Berries (6-3, 1-1 NCC West) recorded a league win at Jeff.
Noah Lange defeated Luke Riley 6-2, 7-6 (5) at No. 2 singles. Parker Wilburn defeated Dylan Cornell 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. Gavin Smith and Kian Harris defeated Ashton Beaver and Hayden Ritchie 7-6 (9), 7-5 at No. 1 doubles.
Jeff’s Avery Beaver defeated CJ Hallam 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Drew Kimerer and Jack Long defeated Caleb Crook and Ethan Denny 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.
EASTERN 3, CASS 2
Cass’ No. 1 singles player C J. Burrous was a 6-2, 6-2 winner, and the Kings’ No. 1 doubles team of Brent Johnson and David Woolever were 6-2, 7-6 (1) winners.
LOGAN 8, TWIN LAKES 0
Jenny Requeno had five goals and Joana Valencia had three goals and an assist in the Berries’ win over the visiting Indians.
Cassidy Muller added three assists in the win.
Logan (2-6-1) hosts Muncie Central at 11 a.m. Saturday in the first game of a girls-boys doubleheader.
CULVER ACADEMY 6, LOGAN 0
The Berries (6-1-2) suffered their first loss of the season at Culver Academy.
The Berries trailed just 1-0 at halftime before allowing five unanswered goals in the second half. Two of the goals came in the first two minutes of the half, another just two minutes later.
“As good as we have played all season, the wheels fell off the wagon,” Logan coach Mike Turner said. “Culver was a quality team. It wasn’t their quality that did us in. Most would not have recognized this team in the second half.
“Mental toughness, focus, resolve, grit — we were missing it all.
“The second half was a landslide of failures. We never had one good shot on goal.
“Riding on a high from our success we are now humbled and hopefully grounded. A lot of work to do. We had a similar game versus West Lafayette last season. We recovered and improved after that. Hopefully they take it as a life lesson: you have to show up every day and every game.”
Logan hosts Muncie Central at 1 p.m. Saturday.
N. WHITE 8, CASTON 1
Caston was held scoreless in the first half, only to see North White come up with two goals to take a 2-0 lead at halftime.
“The first half was hard fought,” Caston coach Nars Sanchez said. “We had great chances, unfortunately we couldn’t score given our opportunities. Credit NW’s defense in making us work for our shots and ultimately keeping us out of the net in the first half.”
North White scored another goal to go up 3-0, but Brayden Breed finally broke one through into the net for Caston’s first goal to trail 3-1. The Vikings then went on a 5-0 goal attack to take the 8-1 win.
“We take the loss on the chin,” Sanchez added. “We have a lot we can learn from the L, and we’ll use it to improve our play as we move forward in the season.”
Caston goalkeeper Bailey Zimpleman had 18 saves.
PIONEER 199, ROSSVILLE 209
Pioneer broke 200 in a win over Rossville at Pond View.
Macie Moon was the medalist with a 45 and Hailey Gotshall had a 46 for the Panthers. Anna Parsley added a 51 and Kynzie Bullock had a 57.
Pioneer hosts Tri-County on Thursday before competing at the HNAC meet at North Judson on Saturday.
WINAMAC 216, CULVER 258, LAVILLE INC.
Winamac’s Tori Wildermuth was the medalist with a 47 at Moss Creek.
She was followed by Keira Bucinski (54), Lexi Grove (57) and Janet Calfee (58).
• Winamac defeated Cass by fifth score tiebreaker at Logansport Golf Club on Monday. Both teams shot 212.
Cass’ Andrea Hair was the medalist with a 49. She was followed by Jordyn Hensley (52), Lauren Hileman (54), Jordan Henry (57) and Savanna Bowser (60).