By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Northwestern’s volleyball squad enjoyed a strong all-around performance in a straight-set win at Peru Wednesday night, 25-21, 25-20, 27-25, to even its record at 7-7 on the season and at 2-2 in Mid-Indiana Conference play.
Hannah Ballard led the victory charge with 15 kills and 20 digs. Kristin Ireland led a strong service effort with 12 points and four aces, and also added 13 digs. Emily Harshman stuffed the stat line with 10 points, three aces, 36 digs and 10 assists. Kelsey Richards added nine points and five aces. Alexis Brown added five kills, while Leslie Samuel and Whitney Zeck each added three kills. Sydney Zeck distributed 24 assists in the win for the Purple Tigers.
“It was a good, tough match,” Northwestern coach Trina Yager said. “We had a lot of good, long volleys. The girls really played well on both sides [Wednesday] night. It was a good competitive game. Our kids communicated well, and did a really nice job of covering the court.”
LOGANSPORT DEF. MAConaquah 25-17, 22-25, 30-28, 25-20
The Berries won a marathon third set to tilt the match in their direction.
Emily Wilson had 51 digs, 24 service receptions and nine service points for Maconaquah (11-4). Lynnsie Arion had 26 assists, 13 digs and a dozen service points. Michaela Walters had 20 digs, 17 receptions and nine kills. Jalyn Windsor had five kills and seven blocks. Courtney Sarver had 15 digs. Ally Exmeyer had six blocks. Leah Julian had eight blocks. And Maddie Turner had 24 digs and 10 service receptions.
Mac coach Jessica Metcalf said she was “very proud of the fight our girls gave. They stayed determined, fought as a team, and stayed positive. It’s always disappointing to lose, but I told them in the lockerroom that I was very proud of the effort by the team as a whole.”
OAK HILL 2, TAYLOR 0
The Golden Eagles scored their two goals in the first 15 minutes of the match before the Titans (2-11-1) bunkered in and held them out the rest of the way. Two shots on goal prevented Taylor from mounting a comeback charge.
Goalie Lydia Owens was credited with 26 saves. Lauren Shively and Christina Sholty were noted for their strong defensive play.
MANCHESTER 4, MAC. 1
Cha Nam-Arsa scored Mac’s goal on an assist from Brynna Richard. Mac goalie Erin Orttel was credited with 23 saves.
WESTERN 3, PERU 0
Zac Simpson and Chris Root scored in the first half and Jordan Roe netted Western’s goal in the second half as the Panthers improved to 7-2-1 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-Indiana Conference. Mason May, Roe, and Noel Ives had assists and Bryce Campbell had a pair of saves.
“The whole team defense, everybody did a nice job of pressing at the right time and we shifted well and covered,” Western coach Mike Roe said of his squad’s shutout. “Conner Hill, at defensive mid, and [Nick] Downing on defense were just solid. Brady Crowell had a very nice game at left back.”
WESTFIELD 4, KOKOMO 1
Craig Simon took the Wildkats’ lone win, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1 singles. The No. 2 doubles team of Joey Hurlicker and Jake Farkas fell in three sets, while No. 2 singles player Bryce York and the No. 1 doubles tandem of Erik Bowen and Brad Dockemeyer each fell in 7-5 second sets.
Kokomo fell to 5-12 on the season.
“Our schedule is designed to help the team,” Kokomo coach Shawn Flanary said. “Every year in the past it’s been good for us. It’s been tough after losing six seniors from last year’s team. Our schedule is as deep as it’s been since I’ve been coaching here, and mixed with our lack of experience, it’s made for a tough record. But, the competition has helped make us sharper. We’ve had some close matches, some opportunities, but couldn’t quite get over the hump. [Wednesday] night was much the same way.”