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October 22, 2013

Volley sectionals open tonight

Northwestern, Western clash tonight in Peru Sectional opener

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Kokomo is 13-19, but coach Jason Watson knows that record could be quite a bit better. The VolleyKats dropped five-set matches to Northwestern, Richmond, Tipton and Maconaquah.

“That’s been kind of tough, but we’ve been able to win a few of those close ones, too,” Watson said. “We see what causes us to miss those opportunities. We were playing not to lose instead of being aggressive and playing to win. Hopefully that’ll pay off experience-wise in the sectional.”

The Kats beat Logansport in four sets in North Central Conference play. Logansport’s top two offensive players, Syd Bullard and Nekaya Penny, did not play in that decisive fourth set.

“I don’t see that that was much of an impact,” Watson said. “The No. 1 thing about the rematch is that we’re playing them at Logansport. We played them at home before. Those kids are going to be ready to play and want some revenge against us. We’re going to have to come out and lay it all on the line and realize we’re still the underdog playing in their house. We’re all going to have to play well together for us to have a chance to win.”

• Kokomo beat Peru 25-10, 25-15, 25-20 Monday to close the regular season on a winning note. Tori Lauderbaugh had 14 kills, Kirsten Frey and Alanis Jones had seven kills apiece, Miranda Ogle had 23 assists and Amanda Tran offered 10 digs and 19 service receptions.

Class 2A Alexandria Sectional

The Alexandria Sectional opens tonight with one match, Taylor vs. Elwood at 7 p.m. The opening round continues Thursday with Tipton vs. Eastern at 6 p.m. followed by No. 5-ranked Alex vs. Sheridan. Co-No. 6 Madison-Grant drew a bye into the semifinal round and will face the Taylor-Elwood winner at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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