Goshen News, Goshen, IN

September 17, 2013

PREP NOTEBOOK: Goshen volleyball cherishes a huge victory

A STAFF REPORT
THE GOSHEN NEWS

GOSHEN — The streak is over.

The Goshen High School volleyball team ended its NLC losing streak last week with a 25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21 win over the Wawasee Warriors.

Prior to the Wawasee victory Goshen’s last league win was a 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12 decision over the Northridge Raiders on Sept. 17, 2009.

“Winning a conference game was a huge step us,” first-year Goshen coach Kelsey West said.

Goshen leaders were junior Amy Harris and freshman Carly Gingerich both with two aces, junior Natalie Evans 30 assists, junior Kayci Troyer 10 kills and four blocks, sophomore Calsey Gruzdov nine and three and junior Caitlin Alwine 37 digs.

“I was asked after the match who stood out for us and no one really did,” West said. “Every player played their position on the court and did what we needed of them. I was proud of how the girls came back after losing the third game. The victory is a nice confidence boost for us and it shows the girls what we can do. It’s nice for them to see some results.”

Redskin leaders in the 2009 NLC victory were Kaitlyn Troyer three aces and 25 digs, Olivia Zepeda 11 kills, Elizabeth Kleinsmith 28 assists, Juile Jesse eight digs and Jordyn Myers seven.

First for the Falcons

The Fairfield Falcon volleyball team posted a 2-2 record last Saturday in the Delta Invitational that included a win for the very first time over an old nemesis. Fairfield defeated perennial state powerhouse Muncie Burris 16-25, 25-23, 15-12.

Burris is a multiple-time state champion, including a number of titles prior to the start of the four-class tournament in 1997-98. Two of those state titles was over the Falcons by a 25-17, 25-13, 25-17 in 2006 and a 25-12, 25-12, 25-11 score in 2010. Fairfield also dropped a 25-16, 25-19, 25-17 decision to Burris in the 2009 state semifinals.

“It’s not the Muncie Burris of old, but it was still nice,” Fairfield coach Carla Herschberger said. “Steve Shondell is not at Burris anymore so the program has changed. Still I thanked the girls after the game for letting me beat Burris once.

“Just about ever year on the way to state we lost to Burris somewhere along the way.”

Fairfield also defeated Fort Wayne Snider 25-8, 25-22 while losing to Yorktown 25-13, 25-9 and Delta 25-16, 25-21 at Delta.

West is a former Fairfield player. She was a senior the year the Falcons lost to Burris in the title game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on the Butler campus in Indianapolis.

“Beating Burris shows how far the program has come,” she said. “That says a lot about the players, the people in the community and the coaching staff.”

Rare combination

Concord junior Holyn Eldridge was a versatile player totaling 44 setting assists and 17 kills for her volleyball team in the Concord Invitational last Saturday.

Concord defeated Westview 25-20, 23-25, 16-14; East Noble 25-17, 25-19 and Fort Wayne North 25-14, 25-21 before dropping a 25-13, 25-23 decision to Class 3A No. 3-ranked New Prairie in the championship match.

Record-breaking performance

The NorthWood girls golf team set a school record with a 169 team score in a match with Mishawaka at Eberhart-Petro Municipal Golf Course in Mishawaka

Heidi Morganthaler fired a 36 (medalist) to lead NorthWood. Linnzie Richner added a 42, Baillie Richner 44, Summer Stillson 47 and Kayla Stankovich 52.

The previous record was 170 from Amy Thompson, Alexis Anglemeyer, Emily Myers, Sarah Smeltzer and Kelbi Taylor in 2009.