By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
Middle blocker Gabby Castillo and outside hitter Lizzy Mavrick both hit double-digit kill numbers as Eastern’s volleyball team rallied to beat Carroll 23-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-10 Monday in Flora.
Castillo finished with 16 kills, three block kills and eight blocks. Lizzy Mavrick had 11 kills, 10 digs and 10 service points. Hannah Williams had nine kills and 19 points. And Maddie Vint had five kills, seven service receptions, and eight points, including four aces.
“After the first set, we finally cut down a lot of our unforced errors and Gabby Castillo did a great job of stepping up and coming through with a lot of kills,” Eastern coach Missy Mavrick said. “She showed great leadership on the floor. Lizzy Mavrick did the same. Whenever she got the opportunity, she put the ball away.”
Eastern improved to 2-4.
“All around, I thought it was a good team effort,” Missy Mavrick said. “Everybody did their part. And Hannah Williams did a great of getting her serves in.”
McCUTCHEON DEF. KOKOMO 25-18, 25-18, 17-25, 25-17
Alanis Jones had 11 kills and four blocks for the VolleyKats, whose rally fell short at home. Kirsten Frey had nine kills and three blocks. Tori Lauderbaugh had six kills, four blocks and 20 service receptions. Miranda Ogle had 21 assists and 11 digs. Amanda Tran had 11 digs and 31 service receptions. And Brooke Smith had seven digs.
“I thought we played fairly solid, we just got down in the first two sets and rallied toward the end but it was too big of a hole,” Kokomo coach Jason Watson said. “We fought to win the third set and were hanging right with them and couldn’t make a play here or there to force a fifth set. Overall I’m happy with our effort and we’re starting to understand the game a little better.”
Kokomo 3, Ole Miss 2
The Wildkats turned back the visiting Indians to even their record at 2-2.
Kokomo coach Shawn Flanary noted Mississinewa features a strong singles lineup, which made Craig Simon’s 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 a key point. The Indians won the other singles matches.
“Craig played a great match,” Flanary said. “I knew that very well could be the deciding point. He just controlled play from the beginning. His game is really starting to come together.”
The Kats swept the doubles matches for their other points. Erik Bowen and Brad Dockemeyer were 6-2, 6-1 winners at No. 1 and Blake Brookshire and Jake Farkas were 6-1, 6-3 winners at No. 2.
“Our doubles were too aggressive and too consistent for them,” Flanary said.
Eastern 4, Madison-Grant 1
Led by a sweep of the singles matches, the Comets beat the visiting Argylls for their first win of the season.
In singles play, Logan Colwell was a 6-4, 6-3 winner at No. 1, Ryan Manfred was a 6-2, 6-3 winner at No. 2 and Austin Chase cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3. Chase upped his record to 4-0.
Also for Eastern (1-3), the No. 1 doubles team of Zach Walker and Robbie Walling took a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win.
“We played a tough tournament over the weekend at the Cass Invite where we lost a few 3-2 matches so to come out [Monday] and get the win was nice,” Eastern coach Nick Sale said, noting Manfred provided a highlight with his play at No. 2 singles. “He is a freshman, got his first varsity win. I know he was a little tired there at the end, coming off the weekend, but he battled it out. He is showing a lot of promise.”
WESTERN 9, PERU 1
Abby Webster scored five goals and had an assist, Jenna Seaman had two goals and Emma Harbaugh and Bre Buckalew scored once each as the Panthers rolled on the narrow Peru football field. Sarah Connolly and Madison Poe each had assists, and Cybil Johnson had five saves.
“We played really well with our passing,” Western coach Nicole Jackson said. “We struggle playing at Peru on the smaller field. I was really proud of our passing, and our defensive line played well. They kept the ball up, they kept it at midfield and allowed us to play our game.
Jackson said that sweeper/stopper Emily Hawkins “had an outstanding game in the back” as Western won its Mid-Indiana Conference opener and improved to 2-1 overall.
EASTERN 12, FRANKFORT 1
Savannah Rees had six goals, Mikaela Malott added a pair of goals and Elena White, Marissa Evenson, Sam Ward, Josey Hawkins each netted one as the Comets improved to 3-0 with a home win. White had two assists, Evenson, Sara Snyder and Emily Richards each added one. Brooke Stout had four saves.
“We just played like we did against Tri-Central: We established early, played our game. I’m very pleased with how they’re playing. I’m hoping we can continue and build on this,” Eastern coach Chris Rees said, noting two upcoming league. Eastern hosts Peru on Thursday, then “we have Hamilton Heights on Saturday. That’s a team we’ve never beat so I’m hoping we do well against them.”
NW 3, OAK HILL 0
Brooke Treadway opened the scoring off a Kennedy Priday assist and then Priday netted a goal off a Cate Hale feed to take a 2-0 lead into the break. Brandi Harmon scored Northwestern’s third goal off another Hale Feed as the Purple Tigers evened their record at 1-1.
“My freshmen, they showed themselves well, and they were possessing the ball as a team as a team,” NW coach Samantha Elkins said. “It was a good learning opportunity. We’re just working through to find our greatest strengths and there they are. [It was] a good early-season game I’d say.”
HARRISON 2, KOKOMO 1
The Wildkats (1-1) took a narrow loss against a perennial nemesis. Kokomo grabbed the first lead when Cheyenne Eltringham scored off a feed from Jania Eddington in the 19th minute, but the Raiders answered two minutes later, and Harrison scored the winner with eight minutes left. Catherine Skaggs had three saves.
“We’ve been looking at the score the last couple years of playing this team and they’ve been putting big numbers against us,” Kokomo coach Kevin Duggins said. He noted that after last year’s 6-1 loss to Harrison, the Kats had to execute a few key points to stay in the game. He’d told them that “‘I promise you if we apply these, we’ll be there at the end.’ They made these every bit as true as they could. They kept the mistakes that we call mistakes limited to 3-4 the whole game.
Duggins praised the work of Eddington, an attacker forced into the stopper role after an injury to another player on Monday, as well as sweeper Michaela Wade, midfielders Taylor Sparling and Holly Stewart, as well as Skaggs.
“It took an effort like that from everybody,” Duggins said. “Those girls in the middle of the field, and obviously Cheyenne at forward too, those girls stepped up and had everyone on their game.”
Oak Hill 4, Eastern 3
The Golden Eagles, taking advantage of an own goal, bolted to a 3-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes of the match, then held off the Comets’ comeback bid.
“It was a train wreck,” Eastern coach John VanMatre said of the opening 10 minutes. “We dominated pretty much the rest of the match. We finished with 39 shots on goal, but we finished only three.”
Jordan VanMatre scored two of Eastern’s goals and Nate Everett had the other goal. Dalton Ryan had an assist and Delon Tuggle had seven saves.
Eastern dropped to 2-1 with the loss.
Logansport 182, Kokomo 193
The Berries topped the Kats in a matchup of North Central Conference rivals at Logansport’s Dykeman Park G.C.
Kokomo’s AnneMarie Balsbaugh shot a 5-over 41 to win individual honors. Also for the Kats, Jenny Oldaker turned in a 48, Merry Hoover shot a 51 and Katy Volikas and Lucy Maverick had 53s.
“AnneMarie had a pretty decent night. She had an eagle, which helped her out,” Kokomo coach Andy Carpenter said. “Chipping and putting were our downfalls. The greens were dry and hard. Balls just rolled. The girls struggled with the short game.”
W. Boone Invite
Daysi Jarvis shot a career-best 83 to lead Taylor in Saturday’s Western Boone Invitational at Cool Lake G.C. The Titans had a team score of 408, which marked their best 18-hole showing in three years.