Elkhart Central made history and Fairfield saw another stellar season end in prep volleyball regional action Tuesday night.
The Blue Blazers topped host Penn 3-1 in Class 4-A action to claim the program’s first-ever regional championship.
The Falcons dropped a 3-1 final to Fort Wayne Concordia at home in a Class 3-A regional match.
Central beat the No. 15 Kingsmen 25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22. The win avenged a 3-2 regular-season loss. The Blue Blazers beat rival Elkhart Memorial Saturday night 3-1 to win the Warsaw Sectional. That title, which also avenged a regular-season loss, was Central’s first since 1973.
Senior star Azariah Stahl once again powered Central. The outside hitter and Purdue recruit skied for 30 kills Tuesday night. Jenai White had 11 kills for Central.
Central, now 29-3, will play Munster (34-3) at 11 a.m. Saturday in the opening semifinal of the Huntington North Semistate. No. 1 Carmel (35-1) then plays No. 16 Fort Wayne Carroll (28-7) in the second semifinal. The winners meet at 7 p.m. Saturday to play for a spot in the state championship match Nov. 9 at Ball State University.
No. 7 Concordia downed No. 6 Fairfield 25-8, 25-20, 25-27, 25-18 in Benton.
The Falcons were making their 10th straight regional appearance after beating Tippecanoe Valley 3-0 Saturday in the West Noble Sectional title match.
Seniors Haley Brown and Sierra Smith had 13 and 10 kills respectively to lead Fairfield. Brown will play next year at Bethel College, while Smith is headed to Grace College.
Tionna Williams, a 6-2 junior and a Wisconsin recruit, slammed down 24 kills to lead Concordia.
Fairfield, which defeated Concordia in the regional a year ago, finishes 29-8.
Concordia, now 27-7, will face No. 3 New Prairie (34-2) Saturday at approximately 12:30 p.m. in the second semifinal of the Plymouth Semistate. The 11 a.m. opener pits No. 5 Bellmont (32-5) versus No. 1 Mishawaka Marian (35-1). The winners meet at 7 p.m. Saturday with a berth in the state championship match Nov. 9 at Ball State University on the line.
A pair of other area teams were also in regional action Tuesday night.
Top-ranked Mishawaka Marian cruised past West Lafayette 25-12, 25-4, 25-15 in Mishawaka in Class 3-A action.
Woodlan handed host Westview a tough four-set loss, 26-24, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, in a Class 2-A regional match.