Meyer, Duff, Amis pace Greencastle spikers over Southmont
Greencastle defeated Southmont in three sets in Tuesday night's high school volleyball match, winning by scores of 25-12, 25-12 and 25-14.
The Cubs' defense was led by Maggie Meyer with 16 digs and Jayln Duff with nine. Lydia Trout and Hannah Miller each added seven digs to help run the offense.
Jada Amis had eight kills, while Madison Trout, Lydia Trout, and Bailey Shuee each had six kills. Duff had 14 assists and Lydia Trout had nine.
"The team did a nice job on working to push a fast offense," coach Maggie Walters said. "Our setters are good about spreading the ball around but also knowing when to find the hitters that are on. Defensively, we are getting stronger about being disciplined in our system of play."
In other volleyball:
* Cougar spikers finish second -- North Putnam hosted its Earlybird Tournament on Saturday, and won two of three matches to claim second place.
North Putnam defeated Crawfordsville 25-18 and 30-28, while also beating Attica by scores of 25-16 and 25-5. The Cougars won the first game 25-18 against Mooresville, but the Pioneers claimed the final two in the best-of-three contest by scores of 25-15, 15-11.
"This weekend's tournament was very exciting because the Cougars definitely pulled everything together and looked like an awesome team," coach LeeAnn Bryan said. "The girls are improving every match."
North Putnam hosted Tri-West on Tuesday night, with the Bruins winning 25-17, 25-11, 25-15.
Bradi Gierke had six kills for the Cougars, while Haley Abdon had five kills, Carlie Bundy had four and Lyndi Parent had two.
Ainslee Vogt had 11 set-assists, while Parent added 10. Aleah Duncan had six digs, while Sarah Fry had four and Abdon added three.
* SV edges Clovers in five -- On Monday, Cloverdale fell to South Vermillion by the scores of 25-19, 21-25, 25-21,17-25 and12 -15 to go to 0-3 on the year. Leading scorers were Lauren Meek 13, Payten Simpson 10, Hannah Rady nine, Hailey Thomas eight, Justyce Monnett six and Kenzie Stoltz with three points. Rady and Thomas each had three aces, while Meek and Monnett each had two aces.
Tori Combs lead the Clovers with 12 kills, while Stoltz had 10 and Thomas and Monnett eight each.
Rady had 25 set assists and 14 digs.
Simpson had 13 digs, while Thomas and Stoltz had 12 each, Monnett had 10, Meek had eight and Combs added five.
"We played well and did a lot of things well but just fell short," coach Kathy Moore said. "We need to reduce the number of mental errors, and doing that should help our consistency. This match was close and could have gone either way."
The Clover JV picked up its second victory by scores of 25-14, 19-25 and 15-6.
* South Vermillion tops Eagles -- On Tuesday, South Putnam hosted South Vermillion and the Wildcats won the match by scores of 25-17, 27-25 and 25-17.
Lillie Stein led the Eagles in aces with three, while Miranda Bieghler and Caitlin Capps had one each.
Capps led South Putnam in kills with five, while Drew Bratcher had two and Bieghler, Aubrey Hill, Ashley Schroer and Lillie Stein had one each.
Sabrina Phillips led the team in points with seven, while Schroer and Stein had five each, Drew Bratcher and Capps four each, Lexi Vanihel had three and Bieghler had one.
Capps also led in blocks with four, while Hill and Stein had one each.
Stein led the Eagles with nine digs, while Bieghler had seven, Schroer had six, Capps had three and Drew Bratcher, Hill and Phillips had one each.
Bieghler had four set-assists, while Drew Bratcher had two.
"The girls have been very coachable and have tried various positions," SP coach Rachelle Custis said. "Caitlin Capps gets more aggressive each set. In general, the varsity girls had some great digs off the Wildcats' spikes."
SV also won the junior varsity match, by scores of 11-25, 25-21 and 15-12.
Aubrey Hill had seven aces and four kills for South Putnam, while Brianna Robinson had two digs, Alex Bratcher had five set-assists and Abby Teipen had two set-assists.
"I was very proud of how Abby Teipen stepped up and did well as her first time setting in a JV match," Custis said.
* Clovers win, lose -- Cloverdale battled Owen Valley and North Putnam on Monday at Rolling Meadows, and the Clovers emerged the winner to remain undefeated on the season.
Abby Walker led Cloverdale with a 48 to win medalist honors, as the Clovers recorded a team score of 210 to defeat Owen Valley by 32 strokes.
"It was nice getting two more wins and moving to 5-0 on the season," Cloverdale coach Matthew Langdon said. "But I felt the best thing of the night was seeing all six of our girls shoot in the 50s or below. We are getting great competition within for each position on the team."
Abby Speas and Sammie Shrum each shot a 53 for Cloverdale, while Kelsey Nees had a 55 and Ambrie Kidder and Hannah Nichols each had a 56.
NP's Taylor Dixon placed as second medalist with a 50 and Emily Eltz shot a 53.
The Lady Cougars were playing Rolling Meadows for the first time ever and the team managed to come out strong, NP coach Linda Patrick said.
Patrick also noted that Abby Simmerman is beginning to gain more confidence in her game.
"Her score of 59 doesn't really reflect the much improved playing she exhibited throughout the meet," Patrick said. "All Lady Cougars are beginning to hit more fairways and hit more greens in regulation.
"There is still some work to be done on short, pitch shots and more focus on putting," Patrick added. "Rolling Meadows is a course full of trees and the team incurred five penalties as a result of having to drop the ball."
All three schools will be meeting again on Saturday for the WIC conference at Deer Creek.
Cloverdale competed on Tuesday night against Plainfield and Monrovia at Deer Creek.
Plainfield won with 166 shots, while Monrovia was second with 217 and Cloverdale was third with 223.
"We definitely had an off night, which is going to happen from time to time," Langdon said. "But it was a great opportunity to see the course we play conference at Saturday and to learn what not to do on certain holes."
Walker led the Clovers with a 52, while Shrum had a 55, Speas had a 56, Kidder had a 60 and Nichols added a 61.
* Terre Haute North 170, Greencastle 213 -- At Windy Hill, the Tiger Cubs shot their best score of the year but lost to an "excellent team" on Monday in Terre Haute North, Greencastle coach Robert Hedge said.
"Their 170 is the lowest team score I have seen at Windy Hill in the last eight years," Hedge said. "I was very happy with the improvement that I saw from us."
Hedge noted that Alex Weliever had her personal best round of 47 to lead the Tiger Cubs.
Macey Masten had a 51 for Greencastle, while Lindsey Bridgewater added a 54, Gabby Selvia had a 61 and Rose White had a 77.
"Lindsay, Gabby and Macey played much better as well," Hedge added.
Terre Haute North (170) -- Layla Ahmadi 38, Emily Wright 40, Megan Ramer 41, Emily Cate 51, Olivia Plant 52.
Greencastle (213) -- Alex Weliever 47, Macey Masten 51, Lindsey Bridgewater 54, Gabby Selvia 61, Rose White 77.
Next match -- Greencastle plays at West Vigo today.
* Terre Haute South 172, South Putnam 235 -- On Monday, the Eagles shot their lowest round of the season but were defeated by one of the state's top teams.
Alicia Haywood had a season low with a 45 to lead South Putnam, while Reagan Ladd was second for the Eagles with a 60 (also a season low). Kristi Wood tied her previous season low with a 64, while Kate McCammack had her best round of the season with a 66, Anna Carrington had a 68 and Leighla Hazlett shot a season-low 69.
"I was extremely pleased with how well our team did," Eagle coach Kevin Metz. "Alicia had back-to-back birdies in her round, and Reagan again played a great round. Reagan continues to drop her scores every round and has potential to have a good rest of the season."
Metz is pleased to see his player continue to improve.
"Kristi, Kate, and Leighla all scored season-low rounds, which is something I hope continues as the season progresses," he said. "While Anna didn't shoot a season low, she struck the ball much better than she has in a previous few meets.
"Terre Haute South is a tough team, and while our team scores don't show how well the girls played, I couldn't be happier with what the girls did last evening.
* Clovers win pair -- Cloverdale and South Putnam ran dual meets on Tuesday evening, with the Eagles placing the first three runners in recording a 19-40 win in the boys' meet.
Team scores were not kept in the girls' race, since Cloverdale had only one runner.
South Putnam's Kieffer Vittetow won the boys' race in 189:05, followed by teammate Logan Vandermark in second at 19:48 and Michael Crossman third in 19:49.
Cloverdale's top finisher was Chad Stevens in fourth at 20:01.
"Overall, it was a decent race for both the boys and girls," SP coach Brandon Welti said. "We used this meet as a workout and didn't worry too much about times or placing.
"Everyone worked really well and they did a good job of pushing each other," Welti added. "It was a solid workout for the team. We're pleased with how this went."
Cloverdale coach Andy Tyler noted his team has been fighting the injury bug early in the season.
"We had a few kids who didn't run," he said. "We should be good for the big meet [Riverton Parke Invitational] on Saturday."
Top 10 -- Kieffer Vittetow (SP) 18:05, Logan Vandermark (SP) 19:48, Michael Crossman (SP) 19:49, Chad Stevens (C) 20:01, Austin Maners (C) 20:57, Karl Egold (SP) 20:57, Eric Hinkle (SP) 21:02, Austin Rumley (SP) 21:18, Ryan Heavener (C) 21:21, Rylan Hall (C) 21`:27.
Other South Putnam -- 11. Dru Bottorff 21:33, 13. Blake Clearwaters 22:24, 15. Adair Bock 22:29, 17. Andrew Carr 25:03, 18. Daniel Johnson 26:34
Other Cloverdale -- 12. Eddie Mannan 22:07, 14. Elliot Williamson 22;35, 16. Abel Bates 23:35, 19. Joshua Beikman 29:48, Aaron Fulkerson 31:53
Top 6 -- 1. Ally Nichols (SP) 24:27, 2. Maddie McHugh (SP) 24:33, 3. Chelsea Edwards (C) 25:13, 4. Rachel Jones (SP) 27:27, 5. Samara Young (SP) 27:27, 6. Addi Blaydes (SP) 29:54.
* Cougars run in triangular meet -- At Pittsboro, North Putnam had three runners to compete in a three-way girls' race with Tri-West and Crawfordsville.
Taylor Hensley finished sixth in a time of 24:55, Sydney Sims was seventh in 25:54 and Amber Schubert was 14th in 38:36.
NP coach Kevin Lutes noted it was the first high school meet for both Hensley and Schubert.
"They both ran faster tonight than during a time trial last week, so I was happy to see that," Lutes said. "I knew Taylor could handle the distance as she has lots of experience from road races/past training. Amber is brand new to the sport, and I'm sure will get more comfortable as the season progresses."
Lutes noted that Sims ran her best time in two years.
"I was thrilled with her performance as well," he said. "We know we have a lot to work on this year, but are encouraged that we have already seen improvement."
The Cougars did not have any runners in the boys' meet.
* Eagles split pair of matches -- South Putnam's boys team played at Sullivan on Monday and hosted West Vigo on Tuesday, with the Eagles recording a 4-1 win over Sullivan and losing a tough 3-2 match to the Vikings.
In the Sullivan match, the Eagles got a singles victory from Ty VanSickle at No. 2 and swept the doubles behind the tandems of Noah Emmerick-Tanner Pistelli and Jared Sidler-Garrett Heavin.
Sullivan forfeited at No. 3 singles.
"Against Sullivan, No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and No. 2 singles played really well and made quick work of it," SP coach Johnny Briones said.
In the West Vigo match, South Putnam's wins came from Thomas Fanning at No. 1 singles and VanSickle at No. 2 singles.
"The match with West Vigo was two evenly-matched teams," Briones said. "I was proud of all our players. Mentally we are getting stronger."
South Putnam 4, Sullivan 1
Singles -- 1. G.Hornback (Su) def. Thomas Fanning (SP) 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-8); 2. Ty VanSickle (SP) def. K. Meng (WV) 6-0, 6-0; 3. South Putnam won by forfeit.
Doubles -- 1. Noah Emmerick-Tanner Pistelli (SP) def. W.Gettinger-C.Setter (Su) 6-3, 6-0; 2. Jared Seidler-Garrett Heavin (SP) def. P.Condon-A.Phillips (Su) 6-2, 6-0.
West Vigo 3, South Putnam 2
Singles -- 1. Thomas Fanning (SP) def. Alex Baker (WV) 6-1, 6-0; 2. Ty VanSickle (SP) def. Elijah Fulford (WV) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3; 3. Logan Lemon (WV) def. Austin Arnold (SP) 6-2, 6-3.
Doubles -- 1. Ethan Roe-Ryan Brown (WV) def. Noah Emmerick-Tanner Pistelli (SP) 6-5, 6-0; 2. Evan Stewart-Ben Duncan (WV) def. Jared Seidler-Garrett Heavin (SP) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
Next match -- South Putnam hosts Northview today.