WAWASEE 2-2 AT OWN INVITE
After a tough start, Wawasee rallied to record a split at its home invite. Wawasee placed fifth in the table after a day that had the Warriors lose to Whitko 2-1 and Wabash 2-0 before beating Elkhart Christian 2-0 and Culver Academy in the fifth-place game 25-20, 25-22. Leslie Vazquez of Wawasee was named to the All-Tournament Team with a stat collection of 20 digs and 16 kills. Emma Dippon added 26 kills and two blocks, Liz Kleopfer had 16 kills, 22 digs and 20 assists, and Madi Simmons had 25 digs, 16 aces and six assists.
Garrett beat Wabash in the championship game 25-13, 25-16. Logan Smith of Garrett was named All-Tourney, as were Alivia Short and Mariah Wyatt of Wabash, Eva Sargent of Bethany Christian and Juliana Jorgensen of Culver Academy.
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 2, CASTON 0
CARROLL (FLORA) 2, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 1
Tippecanoe Valley hosted a pair of western neighbors for a duo dual Saturday on Rita Price Simpson Court. Valley beat Caston 25-12, 25-12 in the first contest and lost to Carroll in the second 14-25, 25-10, 10-15. Stats for the two games were not provided.
ST. FRANCIS 3, GRACE 0
A four-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday for Grace’s volleyball team.
The Lady Lancers lost 3-0 to St. Francis, who is receiving votes in the NAIA and currently second in the Crossroads League.
The Cougars (14-5, 6-1 CL) could not be slowed on offense, picking up 11 more kills than the Lady Lancers (8-10, 4-3 CL) at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.
The first set was evenly played, but unforced errors by Grace lost the set. The Cougars held a slight lead for much of the game and led 24-21. But Grace rallied with a kill by Makaela Lochmueller and a block point to make the score 24-23.
USF’s attack was headed out of bounds on the next rally, but the Cougars were saved by a blocking error from the Lady Lancers to secure the set 25-23. The Lady Lancers had eight attack errors which helped to nullify their 14 kills.
Grace could not slow down USF’s offense in the second set. The Cougars erupted for 19 kills at a .586 percentage, easing away to a 25-20 victory.
For the first time in the match, Grace started out strongly in the third set. Grace jumped out to a 7-0 lead to force an early timeout by USF. Gabbey Harrington and Corynne Aelker both had two kills, and Lochmueller added three block assists.
But the Cougars showed poise to battle back. USF managed to tie the score 9-9 to erase Grace’s strong start.
The momentum continued for USF as the Cougars rolled to another five-point win to cement the sweep.
Harrington led all players with 12 kills on a .320 percentage, and Lochmueller added six kills and six block assists.
Alexa Hill tallied 28 assists, 8 digs and 3 kills, Emily Sharp had 10 digs, and Aelker added five kills and five digs.