Patriots surge, stumble, recover in five-set escape

From Herald Staff Reports

First they soared, then they skidded. And in the end, the Heritage Hills volleyball team displayed a resolve sometimes tough to muster in such a spot.


After the Patriots secured a two-set lead Thursday, North Posey rushed back to knot the match at two sets apiece. Yet Heritage Hills soldiered to a narrow win in the fifth set to seize a 25-23, 25-23, 16-25, 21-25, 16-14 victory over its Pocket Athletic Conference foe at Poseyville.

Miriah Leibering doled out 38 assists for the Patriots, while Madi Fella connected for 17 kills and April Kippenbrock supplied 14 more. Kippenbrock also tallied a team-high 15 digs, supplemented by McKensie Ayer’s 14. Leibering and Fella each fired two aces and Leibering added a pair of blocks as well for the Patriots (3-7, 2-0), who won back-to-back contests for the first time this season.

In other volleyball:

Blackhawks 3, Raiders 1: After a second-set recovery by Southridge, Class 1A No. 6 Springs Valley swiped a tight third set and pulled away 25-13, 23-25, 28-26, 25-17 in French Lick. Haley Langebrake paced the Raiders with 18 digs, 10 kills and a pair of aces, Maddie Lubbehusen notched 22 digs, Megan Stapleton collected 16 assists and Sydney Altmeyer fused seven kills with six block and two aces for Southridge (1-11).

Jeeps 3, Cougars 0: Northeast Dubois collared its first three-set sweep of the season as Kendra Jacob notched 14 kills and 19 digs and four aces, Jenna Stemle registered a team-high 24 assists and Talia Terwiske scattered 27 assists in a 25-17, 25-13, 25-18 coast past North Daviess in Dubois. Emily Lueken combined 16 digs with nine kills for the Jeeps (5-5), while Katelyn Helming slammed seven kills and Chloe Johnson and Terwiske each scooped up 11 digs.

Rangers 4, Lions 1: Bryan Hurst and Andy Schlachter survived a three-set battle 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 at No. 1 doubles and Forest Park upended host Loogootee. Matt Miller (6-4, 6-1) and Emerson Thayer (6-1, 6-3) cruised at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, while Travis Nord and Matthew Nonte muscled through a first-set tiebreak before coasting to a 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 win at No. 2 doubles.

Jeeps 5, Wolverines 0: Tyler Haas’ 6-0, 6-1 triumph at No. 1 singles was Northeast Dubois’ closest match in its home sweep of White River Valley, as Gage Knies and Cayden Knies both cruised to 6-0, 6-0 wins in each’s singles match. The Jeeps’ No. 1 doubles team of William Schepers and Tristan Linne and No. 2 doubles partners Ethan Kieffner and Patrick Betz followed suit, winning without dropping a game for the Jeeps (7-0).

Jeeps 4, Jug Rox 1: Northeast Dubois scored four unanswered goals, two apiece from Isaac Tuell and Drew Jacob, to scurry past Blue Chip Conference host Shoals. Jacob assisted on Tuell’s first goal before adding the Jeeps’ second and third tallies. Brayden Wineinger assisted on Jacob’s first finish while Tuell laced a 30-yard strike for the Jeeps’ final goal. Jacob and Tuell each have five goals on the season for Northeast Dubois (3-2, 2-1).

Patriots 5, Marksmen 0: Behind a two-goal effort by Seth Bolin, Heritage Hills (4-3, 1-2) halted a three-game skid with a road victory against Pocket Athletic Conference foe Tell City. Donovan Aders assisted on Bolin’s second tally before adding a finish himself, on an assist by Sam Scherry. Tair Mendoza and Collin Curtis each added second-half goals.

Rangers 203, Chargers 254: Forest Park notched its second straight dual-match victory and came just two strokes shy of its season-low team score in cruising past Pike Central at Christmas Lake Golf Course. Brie Englert fired a 49 to snag medalist honors, while Amie Weyer chipped in a 50, Kaylyn Gaesser nabbed a 51 and Ashley Reckelhoff shot a 53 for the Rangers.

Rebels 224, Patriots 244: Caroline Guth and Eryn Jochim (60) tied to post Heritage Hills’ best score but South Spencer scooted past the Patriots at Christmas Lake Golf Course.

North Harrison Invitational: Jasper landed runner-up honors in the 22-team girls meet while also grabbing seventh in the 25-squad boys competition in Ramsey, while Northeast Dubois finished sixth in the girls meet and 10th in the boys race. Floyd Central (79 points) secured the top spot in the boys race with the Wildcats (217) and Jeeps (271) finishing in the top 10. Forest Park (276) fastened 10th place in the girls race and 11th in the boys competition, while Southridge ended up eighth in the girls race and 19th on the boys side.

Wildcat sophomore Hannah Welsh (19:25) was the individual runner-up, one second behind winner Ashton Bosler of North Harrison, while teammates Tara Cassidy (19:52) and Sydney Berger (20:59) grabbed fifth and 13th, respectively. Northeast Dubois’ Latesha Merkel notched 11th place and the Rangers’ Amy Troesch crossed in 16th place, followed two second later by 17th-place finisher Aubrey Main of Southridge.

Forest Park’s Trey Dooley (16:51) earned ninth place in the boys competition, and teammate Cody Flamion (17:04) surged to a 15th-place finish. Luke Kerstiens (17:08) was 16th to pace Northeast Dubois, and Chase Bland (35th) collected Southridge’s top finish.

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