Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 9, 2012

Northwestern turns back Lewis Cass in volleyball


From staff reports

— Northwestern’s volleyball team outlasted Lewis Cass in five sets (22-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-13, 15-4) in a Mid-Indiana Conference match Monday night on the Purple Tigers’ floor.

Northwestern was coming off a big weekend that saw it win the Howard County Tournament.

“It was senior night so the [Tigers’ six] seniors played first and I left them in the whole game. We thought we were going to pull it out, but Cass edged us out in the first one,” Northwestern coach Randy Teachout said. “So we went back to our regular lineup in the second set and we cruised in the second set, and played more solid. And then we got ourselves in a hole in the third set and we didn’t have enough time to dig ourselves out of it. And then the fourth and fifth sets, we got back to playing consistently.

“We had a really good crowd [Monday]. Fantastic atmosphere.”

Hannah Ballard and Hannah Treadway led the Tigers’ attack. They floored 13 kills apiece. Ballard also had 14 blocks and 21 digs, and Treadway complemented her kills with 15 blocks and 14 serve receptions.

“They were very consistent in their attacks. Give Cass credit, they were trying to block them all night long, but the girls were just hitting around the blocks. They’re very competitive girls — just real good athletes,” Teachout said.

Also for Northwestern (10-12, 5-2 MIC), Hannah Beachy served three aces and Emily Harshman had 13 points and 23 assists.