BOURBON – Triton did not drop a set in rolling to a second straight volleyball sectional title Saturday in the Trojan Trench. The Lady Trojans downed West Central 25-13, 25-15, 25-16 in the morning semifinal session, then beat Oregon-Davis 25-20, 25-18, 25-14 for the trophy.

“It was just a good week. We thought we played well in the first match, then coming out this morning I thought West Central was inspired a little bit and played well,” said Triton assistant coach Tony Plothow. We knew O-D played well this week, and our girls were ready to go. We told them to be ready for the unexpected. (Oregon-Davis) had some unorthodox passes and we did a lot of good things. I’m proud of them.”

Triton (23-11) will face Kouts (25-7) in the second semifinal of the Culver Community Regional at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Fort Wayne Blackhawk (22-11) and Southwood (28-5) play in the first semifinal at 10:30 a.m.

Semifinal winners will face off at 7 p.m. for the regional title and a berth in the semistate round.



Whitko Holds Off Bluffton, Falls To S. Adams

BLUFFTON – Whitko volleyball took a two-set lead in the semifinals of the Class 2A Bluffton Sectional Saturday, then held off a charging Lady Tiger team to win the match. The Wildcats the fell to South Adams in straight sets in the title match.

In the semifinal match, Whitko won the first two sets 26-24 and 25-15, but dropped the next two 25-21 and 25-18 before rebounding to win the first four point and going on to win the deciding set 15-10.

Audra Brandenburg had a dozen kills in the Bluffton match. Reese Bradford recorded 29 assists, and  Abbi Frank (16), Katelyn Cripe (15) and Madison Cripe (14) combining for 45 digs. Brooke Schroeder had a trio of aces in the match.

South Adams (26-8 overall) dominated the sectional, winning the title without dropping a set. The Starfires defeated Whitko 25-18, 25-16, 25-21 in the title match.

Bradford had 14 assists, Brandenburg had eight kills and seven blocks, Schroeder had another three-ace match and Frank had 10 digs for Whitko.

The Lady Wildcats finished 12-21 for the season.



Lady Warriors Fall To NorthWood

LAGRANGE – Wawasee volleyball fell 25-20, 25-19, 25-15 to eventual champion NorthWood in the Class 3A Lakeland Sectional early Saturday afternoon.

Leslie Vazquez had 12 kills and 10 digs for the Lady Warriors, who finished with a 21-11 record. Dylan Kinieczny had 10 kills and three blocks; Liz Miller had eight digs and a pair of aces and Kai Jamora had 19 assists. Amanda Allen added a dozen assists in the match.

“(It’s) bittersweet to watch the seven seniors walk out of the gym for the last time,” Wawasee head coach jeff Phillips said. “But they leave another 10 wins and numerous record (behind), including most kills in a season by Leslie Vazquez with 325.”

LAGRANGE – Wawasee volleyball fell 25-20, 25-19, 25-15 to eventual champion NorthWood in the Class 3A Lakeland Sectional early Saturday afternoon.

Leslie Vazquez had 12 kills and 10 digs for the Lady Warriors, who finished with a 21-11 record. Dylan Kinieczny had 10 kills and three blocks; Liz Miller had eight digs and a pair of aces and Kai Jamora had 19 assists. Amanda Allen added a dozen assists in the match.

“(It’s) bittersweet to watch the seven seniors walk out of the gym for the last time,” Wawasee head coach jeff Phillips said. “But they leave another 10 wins and numerous record (behind), including most kills in a season by Leslie Vazquez with 325.”