PREP ROUNDUP: Clover spikers use power to top Eagles
The Cloverdale volleyball teams defeated South Putnam Thursday night by scores of 25-16, 25-17, 21-25, 25-17.
Cloverdale coach Traci Scott noted her team’s “power was strong,” with Tori Combs leading with 18 kills and six blocks. Kenzie Stoltz added 15 kills and five aces, while Justyce Monnett had 11 kills and Kayla Perdue had four kills.
The defense was led by Hailey Thomas with 28 digs and three aces. The service and assists were led by Hannah Rady with 25 points, four aces and 32 assists.
“The Clovers tried a different approach for the third set that did not goes as planned,” coach Scott said. “We were trying some things to get ready for the county tourney. We have to keep trying different things to see what can happen given different circumstances.”
The Cloverdale JV also won.
• Southmont 1, Greencastle 1 (girls) — The Lady Tiger Cubs battled the Mounties to a tie on Thursday.
Led by a midfield comprised of Corinne Buchanan and Sydney Doan, the team was able to get on the scoreboard first within the first minute of the game. Erin Thomas sailed the ball to the back of the net with an assist by Kennedy Trigg.
“The second half continued to offer advancements for the team,” Greencastle coach Angie Weeks said. “The opponent was able to join the scoreboard quickly with their goal for the game.”
Claire Gillen had 17 saves for the game and the defense was led by Megan Friars and Gretchen Weliever.
The team record stands at 3-3-1, and the Tiger Cubs will host Cascade at 10 a.m. today.
• North Montgomery 6, North Putnam 0 (girls) — The Lady Cougars lost to North Montgomery on Thursday evening, and will host Northview this morning.
• Southmont 3, South Putnam 2 — Southmont swept all three singles matches in two sets, while the Eagles won both doubles matches.
“Despite the loss, I was extremely proud of our tennis players,” SP coach Johnny Briones said. “Southmont is a very talented team. Our singles struggled a little bit, but fought hard the entire match.”
Briones said the sport has its ups and downs, and this was one of those days.
“Tennis is a lot like golf, whereas some days the stroke or contact just doesn’t ‘feel right’,” he said. “Our singles played through it, but came up a little bit short. Both doubles teams continue to play some awesome tennis and there were many exciting points played; it was a lot of fun to watch.
“We just need to iron out a few little things before sectional.”
Southmont won five of the eight junior varsity matches, but Briones is still enthused about his younger players.
“We were ecstatic to get all the JV matches in, thanks to Southmont playing back,” he said. “I am really excited about our JV players improving every day.”
The Eagles are busy week next week, going to Danville on Monday, playing at home Tuesday against Owen Valley, hosting Crawfordsville Thursday and having their Western Indiana Conference crossover match on Saturday.
__Southmont 3, South Putnam 2
Singles — 1. Patrick Scheidler (S) def. Thomas Fanning (SP) 6-2, 6-2; 2. Luke Cope (S) def. Ty VanSickle (SP) 7-5, 6-4; 3. Will Glancy (S) def. Garrett Heavin (SP) 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles — 1. Austin Arnold-Tanner Pistelli (SP) def. Jack Reimando-Reese Long (S) 6-3, 0-6, 7-5; 2. Jared Seidler-Noah Emmerich (SP) def. Connor Stockwell-Jarrett Downey (S) 6-4, 6-4.
JV singles — Evan Steffy (SP) def. Trevor McKinney (S) 9-7; Conner McVay (S) def. Brady Robinson ( SP) 6-1; Liam Callahan (S) def. Blake Clearwaters (SP) 6-1.
JV doubles — Gavin Waddell-Preston Little (S) def. Trey Long-Creigh Remsburg (SP) 6-3; Cole Hess-Micah Korhorn (S) def. Robbie Fisher-Nate Clearwaters (SP) 9-7; Trey Blaydes-Marcus Robinson (SP) def. Blake Gardiner-Alex Doyle (S) 8-0; Cole Hess-Micah Korborn (S) def. Jaxon Hodge-Brandon Rector (SP) 6-0; Ethan Wallace-Levi Girton (SP) def. Blake Gardiner-Alex Doyle (S) 6-4.