By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Northwestern’s volleyball team topped visiting Carroll 23-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-23 Thursday night.
“It was senior night. We have two seniors, Emily Harshman and Kelsey Richards. They both played well,” Northwestern coach Trina Yager said. “[It] was a hard-fought game. Carroll’s team has improved quite a bit from last year. They gave us a run for our money. We lost the first set and our girls fought hard and came back and won the second set 26-24. The third set wasn’t as hard of a fight, but the last set we had to battle back from behind to win 25-23. The girls are learning to fight until the last point is scored.”
Hannah Ballard powered the Tigers’ attack, finishing with 25 kills and five block kills. She also had 23 digs and eight service points. Alexis Brown had 12 kills, two block kills and five digs.
Also for Northwestern (12-12), Whitney Zeck had 17 points (two aces) and five kills, Harshman had 25 digs, Kristin Ireland had 12 digs and 10 points and Sydney Zeck dished 45 assists and also had five digs.
The Worl sisters led Carroll’s attack — Bailey had 21 kills and Lauren had 19. Lauren also served four aces. Libby Eller offered 26 digs and solid passing.
Kokomo def. Marion 25-11, 25-19, 25-13
The Wildkats took a convincing win on senior night, topping the Giants to finish .500 in North Central Conference play at 3-3. Kokomo improved to 12-19 overall.
Tori Lauderbaugh finished with 11 kills, seven digs and a pair of blocks. Kirsten Frey added 11 kills and four blocks. Alanis Jones gathered seven kills, while Brooke Smith added five kills and five digs. Miranda Ogle distributed 23 assists and added six service aces. Amanda Tran led the defense with 13 digs and 13 service receptions, and Schuyla Sharp added four digs and five receptions.
“With all the senior night festivities it would’ve been easy to lose focus, but we were able to get right on them and apply pressure,” Kokomo coach Jason Watson said. “They blocked us quite a bit early, but we were able to adjust, keep it in play and put it down, hitting .205 as a team, which is good for us. We need to work on our confidence serving-wise, we’re still not getting some serves in play and missing our areas.
“I appreciate my three seniors [Lauderbaugh, Sharp, Jones] and all they’ve done in their four years. They’re the first ones I’ve had since they were freshmen.”
Wabash def. Eastern 25-22, 25-17, 25-21
The Comets finished the regular season at 17-11 after the home loss to the Apaches.
Lizzy Mavrick led Eastern with 22 kills, 19 digs and 15 receptions. Hannah Williams added six kills and six blocks. Kinsey Duke finished with six kills and 12 digs. Gabby Castillo was strong at the net with eight blocks. Quinlyn Hochstedler distributed 33 assists and added 10 digs, and Courtney Clark added 22 receptions and 10 digs.
“It’s tough to end the season with a loss,” Eastern coach Missy Mavrick said. “It was senior night, and you hate for the seniors to end the regular season that way. You’d like to be able to remember that night with a win and you’d like to go into the tournament with momentum. We will just have to take this next week and work on things that we haven’t been doing well so we can get ready for the sectional.”
TRI-CENTRAL DEF. CL. PRAIRIE 25-13, 25-21, 25-16
The Trojans beat the visiting Gophers in Hoosier Heartland Conference play to secure a tie for third place.
Shelby Ramsey slammed nine kills to lead Tri-Central, which improved to 15-15 overall. Hadley DeWeese was strong at the net with nine blocks. Tara Davis had 17 assists. Haley Farris and Cecelia Rayl offered solid defense and were strong on serve receive.
NORTHFIELD DEF. MAC 25-23, 25-22, 25-17
The Braves dropped their regular-season finale at Northfield, dropping their record to 21-11.
“The first two sets, we played well. If we eliminate our service errors, then we would have been probably exceeding 25 points. We had more service errors [Thursday] than we’ve had in a long time,” Maconaquah coach Jessica Metcalf said. “We have a couple girls who continue to play really good ball. I just keep telling the team, ‘A couple is not enough. We need six girls at 100 percent, start to finish.”
Michaela Walters finished with five kills, seven digs and a dozen serve receptions for the Braves. Lynnsie Arion had 12 assists, six digs and seven service points. Jalyn Windsor had three kills and eight blocks. Emily Wilson chipped in 13 digs.
Maconaquah faces Peru in the Class 3A Peru Sectional on Thursday.