The Hancock County champion Mt. Vernon volleyball team is hitting its stride at the perfect time.
Taking down rival New Palestine 3-1 on Monday and Beech Grove 3-0 on Wednesday, the Marauders swept through the final week of the regular season to enter the postseason with a record of 27-4.
The wins pushed the team’s current winning streak to 10 straight. The Marauders open the New Castle Sectional on Saturday, Oct. 24 in the semifinals against Connersville at 12:30 p.m.
Against New Palestine, Mt. Vernon rebounded after dropping the first set 25-20 to win 25-13, 25-13, 25-21.
Julia Wayer led the defense with 31 digs. Jaclyn Bulmahn recorded 24 kills and five aces. Mary Grace Ertel hammered home 19 kills, supplied 18 digs and five aces. Meridan Eads established a new high with 42 assists.
Kara Morris had 33 assists for the New Palestine Dragons and eight digs. Mia Long contributed 16 digs, eight kills and four blocks on Pink Night. The Dragons honored Angela Harper in support of cancer research and awareness, raising more than $300 for her family.
In their regular-season finale, the Marauders cruised to a 25-12, 25-16, 25-20 victory.
Ashton Barr tallied a team-high 13 kills and four aces. Eads dished out 23 assists and paced the defense with 15 digs.
Cougars fall to Tigers
Greenfield-Central rallied back in the third set, but the Yorktown Tigers finished off the night in four, defeating the Cougars 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Rachel Irbe captained the Cougars’ offense with 19 kills, an assist, two service points and three assisted blocks. She added seven digs.
Greenfield-Central dropped the first two sets 25-21, 25-16 before taking the third 25-18. Yorktown won the fourth, 25-14.
Molly Broome led the team with 22 assists along with an assisted block and five digs.
The Cougars are 18-11 on the season and 2-5 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference after the loss.
Royals split matches this week
Eastern Hancock fell to Edinburgh 3-0 on Monday night but bounced back with a 3-2 win against Indiana Deaf on Tuesday.
Edinburgh won 25-17, 25-12, 25-10 for the win. The Royals trailed Indiana Deaf 2-0 after losing 25-14, 25-22, but the team pushed back by capturing the final three sets (26-24, 25-17, 15-13).
The Royals are 7-20 on the season.