Wildcats cruise on home turf

From Herald Staff Reports

Ask the Jasper volleyball team, and the Wildcats will tell you there’s no place like home.

The Wildcats silenced Big Eight Conference foe Mount Carmel 25-7, 25-15, 25-9 on Monday in their last home match of the season, improving their record at the Jasper High School Gym to 9-1 on the season; the lone loss came against Castle in the championship of the Jasper Invitational on Sept. 28.

Tori Sermersheim anchored the offense with 20 kills while Mariah Moeller scooped up a team-high six digs and pasted five aces. Teyah Leinenbach collared team-highs in assists (30) and aces (six) for the Wildcats (17-15, 4-2). Emma Stout elevated for the Cats’ lone block.

Jasper will try exacting revenge for that home loss in its regular-season finale against Castle on Thursday.

In other volleyball:

Rangers 3, Wolfpack 0: After dropping four straight matches, Forest Park gained traction with a 25-16, 25-15, 25-7 drubbing of Crawford County in Ferdinand — the Rangers’ first sweep since Sept. 23.

Balanced defined the Ranger endeavor, as Adria Giesler (28 assists) distributed the attack among Lydia Lange (11 kills), Devin Schaefer (eight), Jordan Voges (six) and Kacy Gogel (five). Similarly, Anna Hagedorn (12 digs), Giesler (11) and Lange (11) divvied up the defensive effort as well. Chloe Dilger also laced a team-high four aces while Hagedorn earned three and Schaefer added a pair.

Jeeps 3, Trojans 0: Class 1A No. 7 Northeast Dubois maintained its road prowess with a 25-16, 25-14, 25-13 victory over Wood Memorial in Oakland City, giving the Jeeps 11 wins in their last 12 matches away from Dubois.

Talia Terwiske scattered 35 assists and Kendra Jacob stockpiled 21 kills for the Jeeps (21-7, 5-2 Blue Chip Conference) while Emily Lueken and Katelyn Helming added seven kills apiece. Jenna Stemle paced the defense with 20 digs, followed by Lueken (16) and Chloe Johnson (11). Johnson also supplied a team-high three aces and Lueken chipped in with two.

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