Class 2A No. 1 Wapahani hit its first roadblock of the volleyball season Saturday at the Brebeuf Invitational. The Raiders went 0-3 in pool play matches before winning the seventh-place match against Southwood.
The Raiders opened the day with a three-set loss to Class 4A No. 9 Floyd Central, before a two-set loss to Louisville Assumption, ranked second nationally by Prepvolleyball.com. The Raiders then dropped a three-set match to Brebeuf (3A No. 5.)
“It’s a learning process,” Wapahani coach Mike Lingenfelter said. “I’ll take it. We didn’t get it done as a staff or as a team today. It was a phenomenal tournament.”
Aubreigh Applegate had 25 kills and 23 digs for the day for Wapahani. Paige Williamson had a team-leading 38 digs for the tournament, and Lindi Thomas led the Raiders with 35 kills for the day.
Wapahani beat 2A No. 6 Southwood 25-15, 21-25, 15-6 in the seventh-place match to avoid going winless on the day.
Class 4A No. 2 New Castle finished second in the event, winning all three of its pool play matches before falling to powerful Assumption in the title match. The Trojans opened with two-set wins over 3A No. 6 Central and Southwood before needing three sets to beat 4A No. 4 Avon. Assumption then beat New Castle 26-24, 25-14 in the championship match.
New Castle coach Randy Gardner said his team was able to get Assumption out of system at times in the first set. The Rockets were better able to maintain their consistency in the second set, Gardner said.
“They’re steady across the board,” Gardner said of Assumption. “There’s not really a weakness for those guys.”
Lauryn Gillis had 52 kills and 23 digs for New Castle on the day. Setter Taylor Patterson had 15 kills and 17 digs for the Trojans to go along with 70 assists.
Central went 1-3 for the day and finished sixth. The Bearcats opened with losses to New Castle and Avon before a three-set victory to finish pool play against Southwood. The Bearcats fell 25-21, 25-20 to Brebeuf in the fifth-place match.
Central coach Wes Lyon said it was important for his team to face another challenging test early in the season, something he felt Saturday provided.
“Early in the season, you’re just trying to get better,” Lyon said. “Wins are great, but you also want to play teams that are going to challenge you.”
Jaydn’ Pegues had 34 kills and 23 digs for the Bearcats in the tournament. Jessica Helms had 43 digs for the day.
Wes-Del finishes second
at its own tournament
Wes-Del went 3-1 in the Kay Saunders Classic it hosted, falling in the championship match to undefeated Mississinewa 25-27, 25-18, 15-13. The Warriors are 7-2 for the season after finishing second Saturday.
The Warriors won a three-set thriller (18-25, 25-23, 15-12) against Winchester to ensure their place in the title match.
“I thought 3-1 was a pretty good day for us,” Wes-Del coach Biff Wilson said.
Natalie Heaton had a team-leading 36 digs for Wes-Del. Hannah Sneed had 21 kills for the Warriors.
Union was 1-3 to finish seventh. The Rockets beat Southern Wells and fell to Mississinewa, Alexandria and Tipton.
Blackford and Winchester also participated in the tournament but did not report results to The Star Press.