PLYMOUTH – The Warsaw freshman volleyball team served itself up another championship Saturday.
The Tigers were fine behind the service line all day long, led by the outstanding performance of Katie Schmidt, to claim the Northern Lakes Conference Invitational.
Schmidt was unstoppable from the get go Saturday with her stellar serving showing. The Warsaw setter served 19 straight points in the first set of the day and went on to record an amazing 38 aces as the Tigers went 4-0 in the tournament.
Warsaw, coached by James Schmidt, defeated Goshen 25-2, 25-3, Wawasee 25-11, 25-0 and Elkhart Memorial 25-23, 8-25, 15-10 in pool play to move into the title tilt versus host Plymouth. The duo of Kaia Hummitch and Sophia Long were big at the net in the finale as the Tigers beat the Pilgrims 25-20, 20-25, 15-11. Gwen Bellamy also had three key kills late in the final set to help the Tigers claim the title.
Schmidt had 38 aces in the four wins as the Tigers racked up 57 on the day. Schmidt also had 73 assists to go with 18 digs and a pair of kills.
Sierra Derossett led the well-balanced offense for the Tigers with 16 kills in the four victories. Long and Bellamy each finished with 14 kills, while Brooklyn Slone had 13 and Hummitch 12. Reagan Roulo added five kills, Schmidt two and Allie Mcguire one.
Mcguire paced the defense as she racked up 40 digs. Slone finished with 25 and Kylie Prater 22. Schmidt had 18 digs, while Derossett had 11, Long seven, Bellamy five, Roulo four and Julia Crater two.
Long led the blocking brigade with eight on the day. Hummitch had three blocks and Roulo one.
Alone added five aces and Mcguire and Long each had three. The duo of Derossett and Crater each had two aces and Prater, Bellamy, Roulo and Hummitch each had one. Prater and Mcguire each had two assists.
Warsaw improves to 31-1 on the season. Plymouth is 28-3 with all three losses to the Tigers.
Warsaw will conclude its season by hosting Penn at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Career Center Gym at WCHS.