Cats nab one win in tough tourney

From Herald Staff Reports

Saturday included more losses than wins for the Jasper volleyball team. But the Wildcats can take solace by the fact that their setbacks at the Columbus East Invitational came against some of the best competition the state has to offer.

Jasper finished 1-3 against a quartet of Class 4A programs; including second-ranked and defending state champion Avon as well as No. 9 Columbus East.

In their opening match, the Wildcats (16-15) fell to the host Olympians 25-16, 25-15. Tori Sermersheim and Emma Stout combined for 12 kills, and both players added two blocks as did Elisabeth Ahlbrand and Reagan Hochmeister.

In their second match, the Wildcats pulled out a 20-25, 25-22, 27-25 comeback win over Shelbyville. Sermersheim dropped 18 kills in addition to 17 digs. Michala Flamion and Teyah Leinenbach hustled for 14 digs apiece and Stout roamed the net for seven blocks.

Jasper followed with a 25-14, 26-24 loss to Columbus North, and the Cats then sustained a 25-16, 25-16 setback to Avon despite 10 kills from Sermersheim and 15 assists from Leinenbach.

In other volleyball:

Heritage Hills Invitational: Northeast Dubois eclipsed the 20-win mark for the second year in a row by winning two of three matches in Lincoln City, and host Heritage Hills won a three-set thriller in its first match before finishing the tourney with two losses.

The Jeeps (20-7) made quick work of Milan 25-11, 25-8 as Haley Brinkman blitzed the Indians with five aces and Kendra Jacob pounded nine kills. Jenna Stemle led all Jeeps with 13 digs and Emily Lueken followed with 10.

Northeast Dubois suffered its only setback of the weekend against Class 4A New Albany in a 17-25, 25-22, 25-11 loss. Jacob led the Jeeps in kills again with 11 while Lueken chipped in five. Stemle delivered 22 digs and Talia Terwiske dished out 13 assists.

The Jeeps closed with a win, pushing past Washington 25-23, 25-18 as Lueken took command with 14 kills and Jacob added seven more. Stemle led Northeast Dubois in digs for the third straight match with 10 and Chloe Johnson, Lueken and Jacob all recorded six digs apiece. Terwiske capped off her tournament with 23 assists.

Meanwhile, the Patriots (11-17) swapped 25-16 wins with Washington in the first two sets before Heritage Hills completed its comeback from a set down by taking the deciding one in a 30-28 squeaker. Madi Fella dropped 19 kills and Ashley Mosby (14), Miriah Leibering (12) and Fella (11) all recorded double-digit dig totals.

The Patriots fell to Corydon Central 25-17, 24-26, 25-13 in their next match as Fella paced the Pats with 13 kills and 15 digs. Mosby hustled for 17 digs and Leibering recorded 23 assists for the second straight match. The Patriots closed with another three-setter but surrendered 18-25, 25-15, 25-18 against New Albany. Fella protected the net with five blocks and Leibering dished out 20 assists in addition to two aces.

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