Rangers close strong as another tourney test looms

From Herald Staff Reports

Last year’s Forest Park volleyball team ended the season with consecutive shutout losses to Springs Valley in the regular-season finale and Evansville Mater Dei in the sectional opener. This season, with another  sectional matchup against Mater Dei looming Tuesday, the Rangers have already flipped the script on at least one of 2012’s late-season losses.

After splitting the first two sets, the Rangers took down Class 1A No. 9 Springs Valley 25-17, 17-25, 25-18, 25-21 on Thursday in Ferdinand for their third straight win to wrap up the regular season. The victory was the Rangers’ first over a ranked opponent this season.

Lydia Lange delivered an all-around performance with 18 kills and 18 digs. Adria Giesler distributed 35 assists with kills also coming from Jordan Voges (11) and Anna Hagedorn (eight). Devin Schaefer posted four blocks while Voges and Lange chipped in two apiece. Giesler blitzed the Blackhawks for four aces and added 16 digs, and Chloe Dilger rounded out the defensive effort with 14 digs.

The Rangers (13-15) get a five-day break before facing the Wildcats in the Class 2A sectional in Ferdinand. Last season, Mater Dei blanked Forest Park 3-0 on its way to grabbing the sectional championship.

In other volleyball:

Knights 3, Wildcats 0: Jasper suffered its first nontournament loss in October with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-18 stumble against Castle in Newburgh.

Jasper’s Tori Sermersheim delivered an eight kill, 16-dig, two-block performance, while Elisabeth Ahlbrand added seven kills and Teyah Leinenbach and Mariah Moeller hustled for nine and eight digs, respectively. Reagan Hochmeister elevated for four blocks and Leinenbach dished out 17 assists with one ace.

Jasper will begins its push for a third straight Class 3A sectional championship next Thursday when the Cats clash with Washington at approximately 8 p.m.

Bulldogs 3, Patriots 0: Madi Fella and April Kippenbrock logged seven kills apiece, but host New Albany sent Heritage Hills (11-19) to a 25-19, 26-24, 25-21 setback in its regular-season finale.
Miriah Leibering kicked in 14 assists and four aces and Ashley Mosby recorded 15 digs for the Pats, who will face Southridge in the first round of the Class 3A sectional Tuesday at Jasper.

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