By Tribune sports staff
Maconaquah fell to West Lafayette in the opening round of the Class 3A Sectional 20 play Thursday night by a score of 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-12.
“I was very pleased with my teams performance,” Maconaquah coach Jessica Metcalf said. “They played with a lot of heart and intensity. It was probably the best four sets that we have played all season. We graduate two middles and a setter, but we return a strong core. We will work in the off season to fill those voids. We will improve in some areas and go from there.”
Michaela Walters led Maconaquah with 12 digs and nine kills. Taylor Hardwick added nine kills and seven digs. Keanna Walton had four kills, six assisted blocks and three solo blocks. Emily Wilson finished with 38 serve receptions and 16 digs, and Ally Exmeyer had 22 service receptions, 17 digs and five kills.
Maconaquah finishes the season with a 19-14 record.
Madison-Grant def. Eastern 25-12, 25-8, 25-14
A shorthanded Eastern squad’s season came to an end at the hands of the host and Class 2A No. 3-ranked Argylls to finish the season 10-19.
Lizzy Mavrick led the Comets with nine kills, eight digs and 10 service receptions. Gabby Castillo added six kills, two block and four service points. Courtney Clark added 22 assists and five points, while Caitlyn Creech, the squad’s lone senior, finished with nine digs and 10 serve receptions.
“We were down to eight [players] and had to play a whole new lineup, and [Madison-Grant middle hitter] Hunter [Wise] did what she wanted to, basically,” Eastern coach Meredith Cipriano said. “Our serve receive was decent and the girls fought, but Madison-Grant just outmatched us. Courtney had to set and she did a good job. We had to move Gabby to the outside; She hasn’t played there much but really showed some fight. We kept fighting and communicating no matter what the score was. I feel bad for Caitlyn to go out this way. She worked hard and did what she needed to in the offseason, but didn’t see it pay off in results this season team-wise.”
Logansport def. Kokomo 25-14, 25-12, 21-25, 25-16
The Wildkats were defeated by the Berries in straight sets during the teams’ regular season matchup, but put up a much better fight in the opening round of the Class 4 McCutcheon Sectional before falling in four sets.
Samantha Johnson paced Kokomo with 24 assists and five digs. Alanis Jones had a team-high nine kills, while Tori Lauderbaugh added eight kills and two blocks. Morgan Bailey finished with seven kills and four digs and Allie Cook added three kills, 10 digs and 16 serve receptions. Bri Poe finished with 13 digs and 14 serve receptions, and Amanda Tran added team highs in both digs (20) and serve receptions (28).
“Logan is a good team,” Kokomo coach Jason Watson said. “We showed a lot of heart and effort. After winning the third set, we were right there in the beginning of the fourth set, but we had one bad rotation and Logan overpowered us at the end. We really battled and showed some hope, and I hope the underclassmen can see what it takes to play with the top-notch North Central Conference and sectional opponents on our schedule. We’re going to miss our five seniors. They are a good group of kids, and I am proud to be their coach.”
The Kats finish the season 10-24.
Southwood def. Cass 25-13, 25-14, 25-20
Cass lost to host and No. 8-ranked Southwood in the Class 2A Sectional 37 opening round in three sets. The Kings finished the season at 8-21.
“The first game wasn’t pretty,” Cass coach Gretchen Crum said. “The second set, we stayed with them a lot longer, and the third set was tied 17-17. We got Southwood’s attention, and they finished the set 25-20. I was pleased with the kids. We talked on what we wanted to do. Southwood has the speed that we only see twice a year. Our girls were willing to play with them. We had five seniors that will graduate. They are Maddie Eurit, Jenna Lewis, Katie Leach, Emily Robertson and Kelsey Thieke.
Robertson led Cass with 15 digs. Eurit added five kills after missing three weeks. Thieke added four kills, and Gabi Hartley had 16 assists.