Cats, Rangers stay alive with big wins

From Herald Staff Reports

With sectional season underway, two area teams recorded big victories on Thursday evening — one team secured a berth into the semifinals while the other already clinched a championship spot.

Here’s a recap of Thursday night’s prep volleyball sectional action.

Hilgefort

Wildcats 3, Warriors 0: The Jasper Wildcats opened their sectional with a 25-10, 25-6, 25-19 win over the Evansville Harrison Warriors on Thursday evening.

Wildcat head coach Liz Milligan wanted to put an emphasis on getting a fast start offensively and using their defense to deny shots on their side of the floor.

“It was a pretty good match for us, it’s sectional time so we just wanted to play strong from start to finish,” she said. “I’m pleased with the way we played and I think going into the game Saturday we’ll be ready to go.”

Milligan and the team are feeling good about where the Wildcats stand in their play right now.

They finished the regular season by winning their last four games, and believe that push has them on a nice upward trend at just the time they need it.

“As a team the girls are getting along really well,” said Milligan. “Starting to communicate better, starting to find who we are. The girls are ready and wanting to come in, play strong, and win a sectional.”

“In practice we’ve been working really hard and trying out new things,” said senior libero Rylee Hedinger. “We’ve had to make a lot of adjustments this year, so we’ve been doing well with making those connections.”

Stat leaders for Jasper in their opening round victory were Natalie Wigand (42 assists, 15 digs), Meredith Hilgefort (12 kills, 12 digs), Reagan Egbert (12 kills, five aces), Riley Merder (10 kills) and Rylee Hedinger (15 digs).

The Cats will face Evansville Central in the sectional semifinal match on Saturday.

Zazzetti

Rangers 3, Vikings 2: After winning their first sectional match since 2010 on Tuesday, the Forest Park volleyball team kept their hot streak going as they defeated North Posey 25-18, 18-25, 26-24, 21-25, 15-10 to advance to the sectional championship on Saturday against Evansville Mater Dei.

Each set was a back-and-forth affair as neither team gave up much ground in the five-set thriller.

However, Forest Park was able to start and finish the decisive fifth set strong as they defeated the Vikings for the third time in 2018 and clinched a sectional championship berth.

Stat leaders for the Rangers were Faith Zazzetti (13 kills, eight blocks), Macie Zink (15 kills, 12 digs), Kennedy Sermersheim (11 kills, nine digs), Kylie Giesler (43 assists, 23 digs), Jaylyn Giesler (21 digs, 11 points) and Jordyn Wiseman (11 digs).




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