Kokomo (4-8) went 0-3 in its own invite, losing to Lebanon and No. 10 Delta 5-0. The Wildkats also lost to No. 23 West Lafayette 4-1.
Kokomo’s No. 2 doubles team of Joey Hurlocker and Jake Farkas came out victorious with a 6-4, 6-7 (7-1), 10-2 win over West Lafayette.
“We played strong competition,” said Kokomo coach Shawn Flanary on his team’s performance against ranked teams. “Craig [Simon No. 1 singles player] had a good match with a 7-5, 7-5 loss to the Lebanon player. It was nice to see him battle. Now, we are just trying to get better.”
Delta went on to win the invite with a 3-0 record.
NORTHWESTERN GOES 2-0
Northwestern defeated Tri-Central and Oak Hill in a three-team affair at Tri-Central.
In its opener, the Tigers topped the Trojans 25-18, 25-23, 25-21, led by Hannah Ballard’s 12 kills. Kelsey Richards added nine points, two aces and 16 digs. Emily Harshman added six points and 26 digs. Leslie Samuel and Megan Floyd each posted four kills, and Sydney Zeck dished out 21 assists.
Northwestern (5-6) capped the day with a four-set win over the Golden Eagles, 25-13, 26-24, 18-25, 25-11. Ballard put forth a monster performance against Oak Hill, posting 21 kills, seven block kills, eight digs, nine points and four aces. Richards added 20 points and five aces. Harshman added eight points, two aces and 18 digs. Whitney Zeck posted five kills while Samuel added four, and Sydney Zeck distributed 30 assists.
“Our kids just came together,” Northwestern coach Trina Yager said. “We talked after the Maconaquah [loss on Thursday], and I asked them if they knew what happened in the first two sets because we were a different team in the last two sets. It was just determination that got them to play that way. And, I asked them if there was anything we can do to start that way every game, and the girls wanted to have music in the locker room to get them pumped up. We played well because, as a team, our mental state was where it needed to be.”