The Wabash Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball Teams defeated Maconaquah MS on Wed. Oct. 7th. The Wabash 7th Grade Team won the 1st game of their match 25-18, lost the 2nd game 21-25, and bounced back to win the 3rd game 15-11. The Wabash 7th Grade Volleyball Team record is 14-6. The Wabash Lady Apache 8th Grade Team won in a 2 set match 25-20/25-21. The Wabash 8th Grade Record is 12-7.
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The Manchester 7th grade volleyball team lost a tough match at home to Lakeview (Warsaw) on Wednesday, October 7th, by a score of 23-25, 23-25. The team had balanced scoring, with Ali Sites, Morgan Parrett, Zoey Ream and Aubree Lambert each recording 5 points a piece. Roma Kaur added 4 points and Eva Bazzoni had 2 points. Parrett added 3 aces, and Sites and Lambert had 2 each. Bazzoni led the team in kills with 4, while Ream added 3. Sites had 4 assists and Kaur had 2. Ream played solid defense, tallying 6 digs on the evening.
The Lady Squires fall to 8-3-1 on the year and host Northfield on Thursday, October 8th at 5:30 pm for our final home match of the season.
The Manchester 8th grade volleyball team lost to visiting Lakeview 24-25, 13-25 on Wednesday, October 7th. The Lady Squires played a strong first game with lots of hustle from Andrea Kahn and Bailey Mooney. Kahn had 5 service points with 2 aces, 2 kills, and 4 digs. Mooney had 5 service points with 10 digs. Lydia Greer had a strong offensive showing with 4 kills and 1 service point along with 4 digs. Mackenzie Day added 1 service point, 4 assists and 3 digs. Gabbie Brewer had 3 assists. Sarah Pegg had 4 service points and 1 dig. Kyrsten Eakright had 1 kill while Rebekah Pyle added 1 dig. Ranissa Shambarger had 1 service point.
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Spartans pick up key HCAC victory
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A strong offensive attack across the front line propelled Manchester University past Anderson University Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Senior outside hitter Sarah Pruden (Noblesville, Ind.) hammered 16 kills at the visiting Ravens defense as did junior outside hitter Courtney Chowning. Meanwhile, in between, freshman middle hitter Hannah Tevis (Royal Center, Ind.) drilled 11 kills as part of a 55-kill, .197 attack percentage effort for the host Spartans (7-11 overall, 2-3 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference).
MU, playing in front of a big and loud crowd inside of its Stauffer-Wolfe Arena, kept its fans on their feet throughout the evening. The Black and Gold scored six of the final 10 points in the first set for a 25-19 decision and then held off a furious Ravens’ rally in the second stanza when senior middle hitter Morgan Pavelka (Noblesville, Ind.) sent a kill to the floor on AU’s side of the net followed by an attack error for the visitors for a 26-24 final. Anderson did rally for a 25-19 third set win, but the Spartans answered, coming back from an 18-15 deficit to clinch the match with a 27-25 victory.
“We saw some flashes of excellence tonight,” Coach Bryndon Paulsen said. “There was a setback in the third set, but the team came together and responded. We knew we just had to get in there and get it done.
“There’s been a change to the mentality,” he added when asked about the team’s quick start. “We’re a lot more relaxed. Our returners have done a great job of calming things down for the younger players.”
Pruden registered a single-season personal match high with her 16 kills which marked the fifth time this season she’s hit double digits. The evening also saw her record her fourth .200-or-high attack percentage over the course of the last seven matches.
“I’ve learned to wait on the ball and step into it more when the set goes up … not going at it too early,” she said of her recent strong numbers. “When I do that, I’m able to get at it higher and hit over blocks.
“Overall tonight was huge for motivation, as we need to keep moving forward off (a win like this),” she added. “It was great to do this with the crowd as big and as vocal as it was, too. I’ve never seen (the crowds) like they’ve been this year … it’s been great.”
MU steps out of conference play Saturday, Oct. 10, with a trip to Kenyon College of Ohio. They take on Mount Vernon Nazarene College of Ohio at 2 p.m. and the host Ladies at 4 p.m.
NOTES: Chowning’s 16-kill night was the third in her last four appearances and 10th time this season that she’s registered double figures … Other top numbers went to Tevis with three blocks, two of them solo, to go with her 11 kills and .269 attack percentage; Pavelka with three blocks and four ace serves; freshman setter Dakota Stanichuk (Troy, Mich.) with 48 assists, three service aces and 10 digs; and Chowning who tallied 18 digs for a double-double in kills and digs.
Big second half sparks MU
DEFIANCE, OHIO – A breakout offensive attack in the final 33 minutes lifted Manchester University to a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference road win Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Trailing the host Yellow Jackets of Defiance College 1-0 at the break and for better than 12 minutes of the second half, the Black and Gold (3-6-1 overall, 1-0-1 HCAC) took control at Winsper-Knoble Memorial Field. Freshman midfielder/forward Maranda Birmingham (Kouts, Ind.) struck home a pair of goals nearly two minutes apart (57:07-59:16), as part of a five-point afternoon, for a 2-1 lead with just under 31 minutes to play. Senior forward Brandy Crouse (Cleves, Ohio) matched Birmingham’s output with two goals of her own about three minutes apart (76:50-79:56) in route to a five-point match, while freshman defender/midfielder Kelsi Valencia (Lafayette, Ind.) turned in a goal between towards a 5-1 decision.
Birmingham and Crouse’s match lines were identical (seven total shots, five shots on goal, two goals and an assist) to guide the offense. A trio of Spartans – sophomore midfielder Elena White of Greentown, Ind.; junior defender Kari Carpenter of Hartford City, Ind.; and sophomore midfielder Jenny Pudlo of Crown Point, Ind. – tallied two shot attempts each.
Defensively, freshman and sophomore goalkeepers Caroline Smith (Mason, Ohio) and Megan Erwin (Attica, Ind.) shared time in net. Smith picked up the win with five saves in 79:58, while Erwin turned in a clean sheet for 10:02.
MU resumes its conference schedule when preseason favorite Hanover College comes to North Manchester for a 1 p.m. kickoff Saturday, Oct. 10.
NOTES: Crouse’s two-goal effort was the fourth such in her collegiate career and the first since her sophomore season … The five goals were the most in a match for the program since the 2014 squad posted a similar number last October at Bluffton.
Anderson stops Spartans
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – An 8-1 final in the annual dual clash between Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rivals Anderson University and Manchester University didn’t tell the whole story Wednesday, Oct. 7.
The Spartans (2-6 overall, 2-4 HCAC), despite getting a lone team point from the doubles combination of sophomore Katie Peden (North Manchester, Ind.) and senior Megan Buckner (Muncie, Ind.), gave the visiting Ravens (7-3 overall, 5-1 HCAC) a strong battle. A tiebreaker decision was the only thing separating the two sides’ number one doubles, as AU’s Ashlan Millikan and Michaela Hurd held off the sophomore duo of Erin Cordill (Zionsville, Ind.) and Katy Ashpole (Leesburg, Ind.) 9-8, while Buckner turned in a strong bid to claim a doubles and singles win during Senior Day 2015 festivities, taking her opponent to a third set at No. 4 singles.
MU travels to Mt. St. Joseph University of Ohio for a 10 a.m. conference dual Saturday, Oct. 10. School officials from Transylvania and Manchester University are still trying to work out a potential finish to the suspended match between the Spartans and Pioneers from Oct. 3.Add a Comment
The Northfield volleyball team finally got to play on their new floor Wednesday, defending home court against Peru in a 25-12, 25-18, 25-16 win.
The Norse would take control early in game one, building a 7-3 lead off an ace from Liz Howenstine before a Brooklyne Wood kill stopped the run. Northfield would then get kills from Carlie England and Jordan Bratch as they scored 9 of the next 12 points to grab a 13-7 lead, then build the lead to 18-8 on three Paige Holley kills. The Tigers struggled to return serve as the Norse kept feeding Holley on their way to a 25-12 win.
Northfield took a 1-0 lead in game two on a Bratch kill before Peru scored two straight aided by a Wood kill to grab a 2-1 lead. With the score tied at 5 Northfield would go to Ashlie Koch and Maddy Dale to score 4 straight and lead 9-5 when Alli Gardner got a block, followed by a Alexis Wells ace and cut the Norse lead to 11-10. Northfield would build their lead back to 17-11 off a Howenstine ace and a Holley kill before the Tigers clawed back in. Ellyn Badry would serve an ace that led the Tigers to a 7-4 run to close the gap to 21-18 before Bratch and Abigail Poole collected kills, followed by a block from Paige Holley to end game two 25-18.
With Iriyale Malone serving Peru jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start game three, with the Norse answering with a 5-0 run to lead 5-4. Jordan Bratch had two kills during the run. Northfield was leading 7-5 after a Poole tip and a England kill when the Tigers got hot. Brooklyne Wood nailed a kill that started a 7-0 run to give the Tigers a 12-7 lead. Badry had an ace during the run with Alli Gardner collecting three kills. At that point it was lights out for Northfield, scoring 18 of the last 22 points for the 25-16 win.
Northfield’s 8th grade volleyball team defeated Oak Hill Wednesday 25-17, 24-25, 15-11. Madison Shrider led the team with 7 points, 4 aces and 4 kills. Haylie Faust had 5 points, 4 aces and 4 kills. Emma Wynn served for 6 points with 4 aces. Morgan Meyer had 5 points with 2 aces and Faye Satterthwaite had 5 points and 1 ace. The team plays Manchester tomorrow at Manchester.Add a Comment