PREP ROUNDUP: Pioneer volley remains perfect in HNAC play with sweep of Winamac

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Sep. 23—The Pioneer volleyball team remained unbeaten in Hoosier North Athletic Conference play with a 25-13, 25-9, 25-14 win over Winamac Thursday.

The Panthers improved to 22-5 overall and 6-0 in the HNAC. They to travel to Triton (13-6, 5-0) Tuesday for their conference finale and a chance to win the league title outright.

Addie Cripe had 10 digs and Brooklyn Borges had 10 digs and six kills for the Panthers. Kaitlin Weldy had eight digs. Keirsten Nies contributed three assists, two kills and two aces. Kylie Attinger floored four kills, three aces and two blocks. Liz Rans had four kills. Mackenzie Rogers collected 13 assists, five digs, three kills and two aces. Mandee Weisenburger added six kills, seven digs and two blocks.

"I thought my girls were fairly focused for most of the match. We're playing pretty good volleyball," Pioneer coach Rod Nies said. "I really can't complain too much. There's obviously some things we need to polish and some things we need to work out as far as some certain rotations on serve receive and stuff like that, we've got some things we've got to work on. We've got to continue to do some polish work and get ready for the postseason. These next five or six matches are really going to test us.

"We've got a brutal finish to the season. We'll see where we are in a couple of weeks and we'll head into the sectional where there's a lot of good teams in that sectional."

McKenzie Hinz had five kills, three aces and five digs to lead the Warriors. Lauren Fredel had four digs and four assists. Linzy Walters dished out three assists. Piper Link added four digs, two kills and an ace.

While the Warriors stuck out three tough matches, points didn't fall in their favor most of the match. They made a lot of in-game adjustments against their possible sectional opponent.

"The girls did a great job of adjusting to a few different positions and lineups," Winamac coach Heather Kasten said. "We usually struggle with adjustments on the fly like that, but they battled through and really helped each other on the court. We had some great rallies and good plays, just not enough that fell in our favor though."

The Lady Warriors will be back in action on Tuesday night at home for Grandparents Night against Argos.


Cass celebrated senior night with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 win over Peru.

Haley Miller led the way with 12 kills, two aces and five digs. Elly Logan followed with eight kills, 13 assists and six digs. Maci Garland filled a new role of libero to lead the defense with 18 digs. Maryn Zeck added 18 assists and five digs.

"This was a great team win on senior night," Cass coach Katie Easter said. "We tried a new lineup and played well as a team. I thought Haley Miller and Elly Logan had some great swings for us in the front row especially at key moments in the game. Maryn Zeck had a great defensive night. It was a nice win for our three seniors, Elly Logan, Lexi Freeman and Brooke Whitney, in their last home match of the season."


The Berries hosted defending Class 4A state champion and No. 2-ranked McCutcheon. The Mavericks won 25-5, 25-14, 25-9.

The Berries had as a team had 18 digs between Corryn Overway, Teagan Wolf and Kinzie Byrd, eight kills by Finley Hettinger, Ashlyn Brumett and Aracyn Good, three blocks by Katrina Sejour and Ashlyn Brumett and two aces by Chloe Kelly and Emilia Rozzi.


Caston swept past visiting West Central 25-12, 25-10, 25-9 to improve to 19-5 on the season.


Cass recorded a sweep at Rossville.

Ethan Johnson won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, Jensen Burrous won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Nolan Hines won 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 singles. Noah Preston and Bryon Hurst won 6-0, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles and Rye Ellington and Jack Miller won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.

"The guys bounced back after a tough loss to Kokomo by coming out strong and doing what was needed to win," Cass coach Matt Hurst said. "The Kings head back out on the road Saturday for their next match against Eastern."


Class A No. 5-ranked Carroll rolled past arch-rival Delphi to put the wraps on a Hoosier Heartland Conference three-peat. The Cougars went 6-0 in the league all three years.

Owen Duff and Noah Falkenberg highlighted the win by reaching career milestones. Duff scored his 100th career goal and Falkenberg dished his 80th career assist. Duff moved into the top 10 for goals in the state record book and Falkenberg became the state's all-time assist leader.

Duff finished with two goals and an assist and Falkenberg had three assists.

Also for the Cougars (12-1 overall), Eli Falkenberg recorded three goals and two assists, Aydrial Taylor had two goals, Mason Ray and Jace Hollinger scored once each and Cohen Miller had one save in goal.