Saturday was the NCC volleyball tournament at the Berry Bowl in Logansport. 10 teams vied for first through tenth place in our one day conference tournament. McCutcheon continued their NCC dominance by repeating as champions. The Kokomo VolleyKats finished the day 2-1 for a fifth place finish. All three matches went to a final 15-point set.
The first match of the day saw the Richmond Red Devils as the second seed from the East division take on the third seeded West representing Lady Kats. We were able to start strong and win the first set 25-21. Our serving fell apart as we lost the second set 25-22. Richmond had six aces in the final set as we only managed a meager four attacks in the final set losing 15-5.
Our next match saw us face Lafayette Jeff. We stated slow and fell behind before coming back. It was not enough as we dropped the first stanza 25-23. We still struggled with missed serves but we were much more crisp, winning the second set 25-20. We were able to keep Jeff scrambling in the third set and took control winning 15-12.
The final match of the day was for fifth place against the Marion Giants. We have already
beaten the Lady Giants twice this season, but in relatively close sets. Our first set saw us play clean and win 25-18. The second set our passing gave us some trouble and we lost 26-24. With a hobbled setter we were able to force Marion into hitting errors and we had some strong blocking to put away the third set and the match 15-8.
Setter Correll Heath passed out 71 assists, served seven aces, had four kills, and dug up 11 balls on defense to lead the Kats. Malori Nichols downed 21 kills, had five aces, eight blocks, and seven digs from the Middle Hitter spot. OH Mae Brandon tallied 20 kills, five aces, and 18 digs. Asijah Miller added 15 kills and eight digs while Jada Moore banged 12 kills and three blocks opposite Nichols in the middle. Jannessa Reece added two kills and three blocks along with some timely defensive saves. Jada-Claire Broomfield dug up 39 balls from the Libero position. Sarah Stonebreaker saved eight rallies and Jalynn Warden dug up six balls from the back row.
– Coach Watson