By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Senior libero Courtney Herschberger has become Taylor University volleyball’s all-time digs leader after a recent 24-dig performance in a 25-15, 21-25, 17-25, 26-24, 15-11 Crossroads League loss to Bethel.
The Fairfield High School graduate broke the record of 2,674 digs held by Rachel Malinsky in the fifth set of the contest with Bethel. With 24 digs against Bethel, Herschberger’s career total now stands at 2,679 digs.
“It’s really a great honor and I really can’t attribute very much of it to my own skills,” Herschberger said in an interview on the Taylor Web site. “Our coach, she really brought me along a long way. I am really blessed to be in a great program.”
In her last three seasons at Taylor, Herschberger has ranked in the top three on the team for digs per set, averaging nearly five digs per set each season. This year she is continuing her dominance averaging just below five digs per set.
Herschberger moved to the libero position at Taylor after playing as an outside hitter at Fairfield where she was coached by her mom Carla Hershberger. Hershberger has helped Taylor to a 120-35 record during her career, including a 51-5 mark in Crossroads League play and a 51-7 record at home.
“I would say she is one of the best liberos in our region, hands down, and is definitely respected nationally for the things she does,” Taylor head coach Brittany Smith said.
Junior libero Amanda Troyer (Elkhart Memorial) had 20 digs, senior setter Lindsay Marks (Memorial) 27 assists and nine digs and senior outside hitter Callie (Hartman) Patrick 11 kills for Bethel in a 23-25, 25-13, 25-18, 25-16 win over Goshen College in Crossroads League action.
For the GC Maple Leafs, sophomore Jaime Stack (Fairfield) totaled 15 kills and 13 digs, sophomore Melanie Meyer Concord) eight kills and senior Hannah Greiser four kills and 10 digs.
Sophomore setter Mattie Lehman (Bethany Christian) had 26 assists and 13 digs for Eastern Mennonite in a 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 loss to Randolph and 23 assists in a 25-14, 25-20, 25-13 loss to Lynchburg.
Purdue freshman Annie Drews (Penn and Elkhart Central) totaled three kills, four digs and three blocking assists for the No. 17 Boilermakers in a 25-21, 25-18, 16-15, 25-17 loss to No. 10 Minnesota. Purdue is 14-7, 5-5 in the Big Ten.
Sophomore libero Molly Studer (Wawasee) recorded eight digs for Judson College in a 20-25, 33-31, 25-16, 25-16 loss to Cardinal Stritch.
University of Indianapolis senior libero Amy Oldenburg (Elkhart Memorial) had a match-high 12 digs and an ace and junior middle blocker Brittany Anglemyer (Memorial) 10 kills, two digs and three blocking assists for the Greyhounds in a 25-13, 25-14, 28-26 Great Lakes Valley Conference win over Drury.
Freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen (Bethany Christian) scored a goal a mere 45 seconds after entering the contest to give the Indiana Hoosiers a 1-0 lead in a Big Ten match with Michigan. The assist was credited to junior A.J. Corrado (Zionsville). The Hoosiers ended up losing the match by a 2-1 score to fall to 10-3-2 (2-1 in the Big Ten) on the season.
Hollinger-Janzen has two goals and an assist this season.
The replay of the game is scheduled to be shown today at 4 p.m. on the BIG TEN Network.
Sophomore forward Andy Morrison (Northridge) netted the only goal just 4:14 into the contest as the DePauw Tigers posted a 1-0 win at Obelrin in a North Coast Athletic Conference contest in Oberlin, Ohio.
Morrison is the leading scorer this season with eight goals and three assists (19 points) as the Tigers have an 11-1-4 record (5-1-2 in the NCAC).
Senior goalkeeper Cody Troyer (Northridge) made four saves for the Bethel College Pilots in a 1-0 Crossroads League loss to Marian.
Pittsburgh freshman Nick Wysong (Concord) assisted on a first half goal at 34:59, but the Panthers dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 4 Connecticut.
Freshman goalkeeper Mallory Conrad (Elkhart Memorial) made 22 saves for the Bethel Pilots in a 1-1 Crossroads League tie with Huntington.
Northwestern junior Brandon Williams (NorthWood) averaged 38.8 yards on 12 punts for the Wildcats in a 29-28 loss to Nebraska in a Big Ten game in Evanston. Illinois.
He had a long punt of 59 yards and four times pinned the Cornhuskers in inside their 20-yard line.
Indiana University freshman Jason Spriggs (Concord) made another start at left tackle for the Hoosiers in a 31-30 loss to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Sophomore quarterback David Yoder (Concord) completed 11-of-24 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown as No. 9 Saint Francis defeated No. 5 William Penn, 29-19, in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Yoder’s TD was a 64-yarder to freshman wide receiver Cameron Smith (Fort Wayne Dwenger) with 1:09 left in the second quarter and helped the Cougars to a 14-6 halftime lead. Also for the Cougars, junior defensive tackle Matt Carden (NorthWood) had a tackle and two assists and sophomore linebacker Micah Noble (Fairfield) an assist.
Drury University freshman Heather Gladfelter (Goshen) finished in a tie for 7th place among the individuals with a 94-81-83—258 total in the Missouri State/Payne Stewart Memorial at the Rivercut Golf Course near Springfield, Missouri.
Women’s Cross Country
Sophomore Desiree Maran (Goshen) placed 35th (19:39) and freshman Janell Bender (Westview) 88th (20:29), leading the Anderson Ravens to an 18th place team in the Wilmington Invitational.
Manchester senior Alli Heeter (NorthWood) has been named to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Team for the fall season.