Kokomo split a pair of North Central Conference matches on their home floor to move to 10-18 on the season, and 2-3 in NCC play, topping Anderson 25-19, 25-18, 25-14 in the opener before falling to 3A No. 8 Muncie Central 25-17, 25-18, 25-15.
Kirsten Frey led Kokomo with 23 kills and eight blocks on the day. Tori Lauderbaugh added 18 kills and 23 digs. Alanis Jones finished with 13 kills. Miranda Ogle orchestrated the offense with 49 assists and added 14 digs. Amanda Tran led the defense with 26 digs and 43 service receptions, and Allison Bowlin added 11 digs.
“We came out kind of sluggish, but finally got it going and were able to win the Anderson match and take care of business there,” Kokomo coach Jason Watson said. “Then, we had trouble adjusting to Muncie Central’s ball control and quick middle attacks. We weren’t able to win the big momentum points we needed to stay in the match.”
Tri-Central went 2-2 on the day to move to 13-15 on the season. The Trojans finished in seventh place, but took a 25-21, 22-25, 15-12 victory over eventual champion Wabash in their first match of the day.
The Trojans then fell to Blackford (25-22, 25-1) and the host Braves (25-18, 25-12) before wrapping up the day with a 25-10, 25-20 win over Faith Christian.
Hayley Farris led TC with 20 service points, while Tara Davis added 15.
“We played well, but in the matches we lost, we were just inconsistent, which is what separates the good teams from the ones not so good,” TC coach Ron Byram said. “I feel like if we could’ve been a little more consistent we could’ve won all four, but that’s why you play the game. I’m pleased with our effort and our serve receive. We did those things well all day, but we just need a little more consistency in the other departments.”