Both Indian Lake and Riverside saw their respective volleyball seasons come to an end in the OHSAA tournament, this after both the Lakers (Div III) and the Pirates (Div IV) won their tourney openers.
Top-seeded Anna breezes past Indian Lake
BROOKVILLE – After a convincing win straight-set over Bethel its Div. III district tourney opener at Brookville High School Oct. 17, Indian Lake ran into the top-seeded Anna Rockets Oct. 20, who dismissed the Lakers in three sets, 25-13, 25-18, 25-11. Anna went on to win its next match and will face Roger Bacon in the district finals.
The Lakers closed their season at 6-17, but despite their losing record, managed to put two players on the Mad River Division first team, senior hitter Michele Grider and junior setter Sammi Miller. Katelyn Hogan earned a special mention and Hannah Kilgore was awarded the Sportsmanship Award.
Redskins dispatch Pirates
TIPP CITY – Riverside had no answer for the Ft. Loramie front-line hitters as the Redskins blew past the Pirates in three sets, 25-9, 25-13, 25-21, in the Div. IV district semis at Tippecanoe High School Oct. 24.
The Pirates won their district opener against Twin Valley South on Oct. 22 in straight sets to earn the right to play Ft. Loramie in the district semis.
The Pirates close out the season with a 15-9 overall record and a 5-2 mark in North West Central Conference.
Sophomore outside hitter Marissa Davis earned a spot on the all-NWCC first team, notching 339 kills with a .321 hitting average and 320 digs over the course of the season for head coach Liz Kerr. Senior Lauryn Davis earned as spot on the second team, while senior Aubrey Stephens and junior Helena Faulder received honorable mention nods.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.