Warsaw Rises To Top Of Caveman Invite
Warsaw got a taste of what life would be like in the Northern Indiana Conference in pool play Saturday at the Mishawaka Invite. Facing three NIC schools, Warsaw passed all three tests and drew new conference rival and host Mishawaka in the final, winning 25-16, 25-11 to claim the Mishawaka Invite championship.
Warsaw (8-5) beat Elkhart 25-15, 30-28, Marian 25-17, 25-19 and St. Joe 25-15, 27-25 to make the final.
Avery Hales was named to the All-Tournament Team, and rightfully so with a full day of 121 assists, 20 digs, 18 kills, five aces and four blocks.
Betty Barnett sent home 34 kills, Kylie Smith had 34 digs and Kennedy Lauck added 19 kills, six blocks and five aces.
“Today was a great day for Warsaw volleyball,” began Warsaw head coach Chandra Hepler. “Our back row had exceptional ball control, which led to a quicker offense, and Avery was able to get our hitters one on one against the block. Our serve continues to be a weapon for us along with our depth of talent in every position. Today was a total team effort. Our bench gives our players such a spark and vice versa. They are so much fun to watch and our players are playing with poise and confidence which translates to a lot of fun!”
Warsaw’s freshman team also brought home some hardware at the Michigan City tournament.
Warsaw beat Portage, Chesterton, Morgan Township and Valpo all in straight sets, the Valpo win 25-20, 25-12. In the Valpo contest, Leah Henderson had six kills, Claire Reichenback had nine assists, Megan Silveus had seven digs and Sadie Humbarger sent over 12 aces.
NorthWood Repeats At Prairie Heights Invite
It felt like 2019 all over again for NorthWood after capturing the Prairie Heights tourney title.
The defending champs (5-1) put away Lakeland 25-22, 25-16, Prairie Heights 20-25, 25-21, 16-14 and Norwell 25-13, 25-7 in pool play. In the final against East Noble, the Red Slam rolled 25-12, 25-15.
Stat leaders for the victors included Macy Lengacher with 51 digs, Kendal Miller with 83 assists and Alana Lehman with 27 kills.
Wawasee Takes Three At Westview Invite
Wawasee came up short of its goal at the Westview Invite, but still pulled three wins.
A swing point in the deciding set against Bethany Christian went to the Bruins in a 17-15 win in game three of the final matchup of the pool. That allowed Bethany to move to the championship, although Goshen was waiting and won the title in three games.
Wawasee beat Eastside 25-21, 25-10, and Central Noble 25-15, 25-16. The Bethany outcome was 25-21, 20-25, 15-17.
In the consolation final, Wawasee beat Westview 25-19, 25-16.
Stat leaders for Wawasee (7-2) included Leslie Vazquez with 27 kills and seven blocks, Amanda Allen with 71 assists and seven aces, Bailey Mayhew with 24 kills, 18 digs and nine blocks, Elizabeth Miller with 21 digs and Emma Dippon with nine aces.
“A little disappointing to not make the championship match today,” said Wawasee head coach Jeff Phillips, whose team beat Central Noble and Bethany Christian earlier in the week. “But still some positives and solid performances to build on.
Triton, Tippy Compete at Trojan JV Invite
Junior circuit teams from Triton and Tippecanoe Valley both competed in Triton’s JV Invite.
Tippy was 1-1 on the day, losing to Bremen 25-22, 25-18 and beating Culver Academy 23-25, 25-23, 16-14.
Triton knocked off LaVille 25-18, Culver 25-10, 25-6 but lost to South Central 16-25, 25-21, 13-15.
South Central would go 4-0 on the day, beating Bremen in the championship 25-10, 25-8.
Stat leaders for Triton (5-3) inlcuded Jolie Groves with 18 digs, 12 aces and 11 kills, Morgan Feldman with 11 kills, Lauren Snyder with 33 assists, and Lena Doll with nine kills and four blocks.