Cats extend late-season surge

From Herald Staff Reports

Jasper and Boonville have taken turns in the past as the heavyweight of the Big Eight Conference. Lately, the favor has tilted in the Wildcats’ direction.


Jasper toppled Boonville for the third straight year Thursday, invading Pioneer Stadium for a 25-17, 25-16, 23-25, 25-19 triumph. Bouncing back after surrendering a tight third set, the Wildcats rattled off their ninth win in their last 10 matches. Jasper (15-12, 3-2) has won five straight overall and is undefeated in October.

Jasper’s Elisabeth Ahlbrand and Tori Sermersheim blitzed the net for 20 kills apiece, with help from Teyah Leinenbach and her 43 assists. Michala Flamion and Mariah Moeller patrolled the court for 23 and 21 digs, respectively. Sermersheim (six blocks) and Emma Stout (four blocks) added a defensive presence, while Moeller laced six aces.

The Wildcats will hit the road Saturday to play in the Columbus East Invitational.


In other volleyball:

Titans 3, Rangers 1: Forest Park stole one set with help from Lydia Lange and her 21 kills, but couldn’t hold Gibson Southern and fell 25-14, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21 in Fort Branch. It was the third 3-1 loss for the Rangers (10-15, 5-3 Pocket Athletic Conference) in their last four matches.

Lange added 25 digs and three blocks, and teammates Anna Hagedorn and Chloe Dilger chipped in 18 and 13 digs, respectively. Adria Giesler dished out 36 assists along with two aces and Devin Schaefer and Jordan Voges pounded seven kills apiece for the Rangers.

Forest Park will take the weekend off before visiting Crawford County on Monday.

Patriots 3, Chargers 0: Heritage Hills won its fourth straight match for the first time this season in a 25-19, 26-24, 25-13 sweep over Pike Central in Lincoln City. The Patriots (10-15, 5-3 Pocket Athletic Conference) have won five of their last seven matches.

Madi Fella (10 kills) and April Kippenbrock (seven kills) helped guide the Patriots offensively. Miriah Leibering doled out 17 assists, while Kippenbrock and Ashley Mosby added a dose of defense with 17 and 16 digs, respectively.

The Pats will shoot to extend the momentum Saturday when they host their own invitational. Northeast Dubois will also play in the event.

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