Falkenberg looked like The Lone Ranger minus a mask on the sidelines, but his cowboy hat didn’t bring him the luck he was looking for.
“That was a lost bet,” he said. “A couple of my defenders had made a bet with me about a month ago that if we won sectionals, ‘Coach, you’ve got to dress as a cowboy.’ And I’ve got no problem living up a bet. I’m glad to do it winning sectionals and I don’t think it would have mattered [Thursday] night, cowboy hat or not.”
— Beau Wicker
Kokomo def. Marion 25-15, 25-14, 28-26
The Wildkats (9-23, 1-6 NCC) picked up their first conference victory of the season, spoiling the Giants’ senior night.
Samantha Johnson led the charge with 27 assists and 10 digs. Alanis Jones led a well-rounded offensive attack with 11 kills. Allie Cook finished with eight kills and 11 digs, Morgan Bailey added six kills, Tori Lauderbaugh added five kills, and Amanda Tran rounded out the Kats’ leaders with 15 digs and 16 service receptions.
“We knew they weren’t a really strong hitting team,” Kokomo coach Jason Watson said. “They try to tip and place the ball a lot. We did a good job, for the most part, of picking those up. We struggled a bit in the third set, but it was their senior night and they weren’t going to lay down, so it was nice to finish it off. I’m proud of our effort.”
Northwestern def. Carroll 25-22, 25-12, 25-19
The Tigers were in complete control, sweeping the Cougars.
“We did what we wanted to do, so the girls were solid all the way around,” Northwestern coach Randy Teachout said.
Hannah Ballard led the Tigers with 13 kills, 10 digs and four blocks. Sydney Zeck added 14 assists and 13 service points. Hannah Treadway had 11 kills, and Marie Hunkeler came up with nine serve receptions.