WARSAW – Emotions ran high as Warsaw toppled Penn 25-23, 25-17, and 25-23 in straight sets in a showdown of area volleyball powers Monday on Senior Night.
Standouts Katie Voelz and Celia Heckert were celebrated as the two seniors this season for the host Tigers.
“Pressure is always there, but there was a little more as all players are realizing that the matches are dwindling down, said Warsaw coach Mike Howard.
The Tigers struck early on, with a great diving save by Peyton Adamiec who saved point to tie the set at 10. They fed off this play not looking back taking the first set 25-23.
The second set continued what the Tigers started in the first set with an ace by Cassie Hoag putting the surging Tigers up 7-4.
“We played very relaxed, which is good and bad, we allowed errors but did not panic instead we were confident,” said Howard.
Celia Heckert took great advantage of her soft touch over the net to take a commanding lead 18-9 which the Tigers did not look back from winning the set easily.
The third set showed what the Tigers were made of with the Kingsman storming back from a 15-7 deficit. The turning point of the set was the block by Jordyn Lindeman that helped drive the Tigers to their third and final set win.
There were many tiger standouts as Cassie Hoag had 35 assists, Jordyn Lindeman with four blocks, Peyton Adamiec with 20 digs, and Katie Voelz with 15 kills.
Caroline Mayer contributed nine kills and Heckert added six. Hoag also had 10 digs and Mayer, Voelz and Courtney Steffensmeier each had a block. Hoag, Mayer, Lindeman and Blake McGarvey each had an ace.
Warsaw, which improves to 25-4 with the win, plays at Carroll Wednesday night.
Penn is now 19-11 on the season.
Warsaw won the junior varsity match 25-21, 19-25, 15-7. Alexia Day and Hanna Leach each had seven kills, Dayton Groninger six and Nikki Parrett four. Raina Armey had 15 digs with Kenzie Welk 10 and Jamie Grose and Groninger five each. Alicia Sikora had 25 assists and Day six aces for Warsaw, which improves to 18-2.
Penn defeated Warsaw 25-23, 23-25, 15-13 in the freshman match. The frosh Tigers are now 20-9.