DUNLAP – The Elkhart Memorial volleyball program returned to a familiar place Saturday night.
That of sectional champions.
The Crimson Chargers topped host Concord 3-0 in the title tilt of the Class 4-A Concord Sectional in McCuen Gym.
Junior Darrian Mowery turned in a career performance to pace No. 9 Memorial to the 25-18, 25-17, 26-24 win.
Mowery, who sat out Memorial’s semifinal win earlier on Saturday over Goshen due to a sprained ankle suffered in practice on Friday, powered down a career-high 20 kills for the champions.
Coach Jacquie Rost’s program won its eighth overall sectional title and seventh in the last eight year. Memorial lost to city rival Elkhart Central in the sectional finale a year ago.
Memorial (27-8) will host Penn (24-12) Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in a regional match. The winner advances to the Huntington North Semistate on Saturday to play either No. 6 Carroll (Allen) or Homestead in a semifinal match.
The Crimson Chargers defeated Penn 3-1 on Oct. 7 at Memorial. The Kingsmen outlasted Plymouth 3-2 Saturday night, including 19-17 in the final game, to win the South Bend Clay Sectional title.
Concord, which had lost 3-2 to Memorial in September during their Northern Lakes Conference match, led in all three sets Saturday.
The Chargers showed their resolve in rallying each game to sweep the title tilt.
Tailor Scultheis had nine kills and Bailey Brouwer eight for Memorial in the finale. Kaylin Szucs led the defense with 18 digs. Krystal Grubb and Jill Brown each had 15 and Victoria Mills 12 for the champions.
Gabby Staggs, one of six seniors for coach Kelly Hale’s Concord squad, led her team with 13 kills. Tylar Roberson had 10 for Concord, which finishes its season at 25-10.
Memorial topped Goshen 3-0 in a semifinal match Saturday. Schultheis led the winners with 15 kills.
Concord upended NLC champion Warsaw 3-0 in the first semifinal on Saturday.