On Saturday, Aug. 20, the varsity volleyball team had rough start in the West Noble Invitational, but they would rebound to make it a successful 3-1 day overall.
The team lost the first match to West Noble, with scores of 23 to 25 and 13 to 25. Statistical leaders in the loss were Grace Castleman with 4 aces, 4 digs, and 15 assists; Maggie Castleman and Taylor Jacquay with 4 blocks and 6 kills each; Tori Richman and Taylor Zelt with 4 blocks; and Erica Renninger with 4 digs. Despite the opening loss to the tough opponent, the ladies found great success after the initial stumble.
In the second matchup, they won against Lakeland Christian with scores of 25 to 6 and 25 to 16. This placed them in the silver bracket in which they played Mishawaka. Grace Castleman again paced the ladies with 7 aces, 21 assists, and 2 blocks, while Erica Renninger contributed 3 digs and Taylor Jacquay added 7 kills.
The match with Mishawaka went 3 games, and in the end the Patriots won, with scores of 25 to 21, 24 to 26, and 15 to 9. Jacquay stepped up with 2 aces and 13 kills, and Grace stayed strong with 27 assists. Taylor Zelt added 3 blocks, and Erica Renninger had 10 digs.
After this victory, they were in the championship match of the silver bracket, where they played Northridge. The team capped off its 3-1 day with scores of 15 to 25, 25 to 20, and 19 to 17. Statistical leaders for the Northridge game were Grace with 20 assists, and 4 blocks; Alivia Beard with 2 aces; Erica Renninger with 10 digs; and Maggie Castleman and Taylor Jacquay both with 8 kills.
The Lady Patriots travel to Carroll on Tuesday and face Bishop Dwenger on Thursday at home.
Article by Monica Scott
Photo by Holly Hamman