The Kats will lose three seniors to graduation in middle hitter Jones, outside hitter Lauderbaugh and defensive specialist Schuyla Sharp.
“It’s a good group and it’s going to be tough to replace them,” Watson said. “We’re going to have to see who can step up and fill the leadership void.”
— Beau Wicker
3A PERU SECTIONAL
MACONAQUAH def. PERU 25-20, 25-12, 25-17
The Braves earned a semifinal date with West Lafayette on Saturday with a sweep of host school Peru.
Jalyn Windsor florred 11 kills and had seven blocks and four receptions for Maconaquah. Abby Bowyer had 10 assists and 11 service points. Madison Turner had 11 service points (including five aces), four digs and eight service receptions. Emily Wilson had seven digs, eight service receptions and eight service points. Michaela Walters added four points, four digs, four kills and seven service receptions. Lynnsie Arion had seven points and eight assists. And Ally Exmeyer had nine blocks.
“Our girls did a good job of minimizing the mistakes on our side of the net as far as hitting goes,” Mac coach Jessica Metcalf said. “I think I was more impressed with our intensity. Our girls knew they would need to play their A game. I am happy to get the first game under our belts and now we prepare for a Saturday afternoon game.”
2A ALEXANDRIA SECTIONAL
TIPTON DEF. EASTERN 25-16, 25-18, 25-22
Eastern finished the season 17-12 after being eliminated at Alexandria.
Courtney Clark had 18 service receptions and 19 digs for Eastern. Maddie Vint had five kills, 18 service receptions and 11 digs. Lizzy Mavrick had 10 kills, 15 service receptions and 21 digs. Hannah Williams had eight kills. Gabby Castillo had five kills and four blocks. And Quinlyn Hochstedler had 28 assists and eight service points.
Kacie Juday led Tipton (22-11) with 18 kills and three blocks.
A CP SECTIONAL
TC DEF. ROSSVILLE 18-25, 13-25, 25-18, 25-16, 15-13
The Trojans (17-15) rallied from two sets down to beat a Rossville and set up a date with host Clinton Prairie at 11 a.m. Saturday in the semifinal round.