The Eastern Hancock volleyball program scored its most significant victory in years when it rallied past Class A No. 8-ranked Hauser on Thursday.
The visiting Royals set two school records on the way to a 22-25, 27-25, 19-25, 25-17, 15-6 Mid-Hoosier Conference victory.
Frannie Stephenson (31 kills) and Jordian Eastes (57 assists) each broke single-game team records In the victory. It was part of an Eastern Hancock effort that resulted in Hauser’s first conference loss in over four years.
“We played as a unit tonight, and their will to fight and not give up was a huge difference,” EH coach Mike Eastes said.
Melissa Bedell (18 kills), Hannah Best (38 digs, three aces) and Tori Bednarksi (16 digs) also contributed to the Royals’ triumph.
Lauren Gross led the Jets with 25 kills and four blocks.
Hauser fell to 7-4 overall and 2-1 in the MHC. Eastern Hancock is 6-5 on the year and 2-0 in the conference.
Mike Eastes said the team still has room for improvement, particulary as it adjusts to a rash of injuries. But he was proud of the Royals’ effort.
“I think the girls actually saw how well they could be this year,” he said. “That was a very good team that they beat and they had to earn the win, and they showed a lot of heart in doing it.”
Yorktown 3, Mt. Vernon 0
Visiting Class 3A No. 1-ranked Yorktown handed MV its fourth consecutive defeat Thursday, 25-11, 25-17, 25-7.
Ellie Balbach (10 kills, seven blocks, five assists), Sydney Shelton (three kills, nine digs), Lexi Reasor (six blocks, two kills, 12 digs), Mary Grace Ertel (15 digs, three kills) and Emily White (seven assists) contributed for the Marauders.
MV (1-9, 0-3 Hoosier Heritage Conference) is at the Harrison Classic today.
Yorktown improved to 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the HHC.
New Castle 3, Greenfield-Central 1
The Cougars’ two-game winning streak was snapped by the host 4A No. 2 Trojans Thursday, 25-17, 25-17, 19-25, 25-14.
“New Castle is by far the best team we’ve played all season,” G-C coach Rita Rouse said of the Trojans, who will return to G-C for the 4A sectional in mid-October. “And the cool thing is, we hung right there with them.
“Taking set three from them was huge. Looking through the school records, I found that G-C had never won even one set from the Trojans for over 10 years.”
Maddi Graham (six kills, four total blocks), Rachel Irbe (10 kills), Jordan Bunch (seven kills), Megan Bradley (24 assists) and Alex Colclazier (16 digs) paced the Cougars.
“The girls realized they needed to play to win and that meant staying aggressive,” Rouse said. “When you play that caliber of team, you have to be aggressive or they will just blow you off the court.”
The G-C junior varsity squad beat New Castle 2-0, a win Rouse said was the first over the Trojans’ JV in over 10 years.
G-C (7-4) hosts MV Tuesday.
Greenfield-Central 5, Knightstown 0
G-C dropped only nine games en route in a sweep of visiting Knightstown Thursday.
In their last tune-up before today’s Hancock County Championships at Mt. Vernon, the Cougars (7-3) prevailed in straight sets in each of their five matches.
Dakota Smith (No. 1 singles), Chris Kersey (No. 2 singles), Luke Vowell (No. 3 singles), Max Holtzclaw/Jake Kauth (No. 1 doubles) and Brandon Hull/Bailey Hull (No. 2 doubles) were the winners for the home squad.
Shelbyville 4, Mt. Vernon 1
Nick Pham won his No. 3 singles match 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 to land MV (6-4, 1-3 HHC) its lone victory Thursday.
New Palestine 200, Shelbyville 233, Beech Grove 248
The Dragons prevailed easily in a home match at The Links Thursday.
NP’s Abby Poole (44) earned medalist honors. She was backed up by Bailey Kamp (50), Sarah Rose 52) and Cassie Rooks (54).
Today, the Dragons compete at the HHC meet at Bear Chase in Shelbyviile.
Muncie South 229, Eastern Hancock 232
The Royals lost a close match Thursday at Royal Highlands.
Rachel Boaz (52) carded the low score for EH, followed by Breanna Jones (59), Hailey Carlton (60), Riley Burkhart (61) and Lauren Bauerle (64).
EH is at the North Decatur Invitational today.
Yorktown 150, Lapel 186, Mt. Vernon 188
In its last match before today’s HHC meet, MV fell to defending conference champ and No. 1-ranked Yorktown, as well as Lapel.
Rachel Johnson from Yorktown was the match medalist with a 33.
MV was paced by Ellen Wuerch (44), Molly Yee (46), Hannah Yee (48) and Briley Wills (50).
Shelbyville 2, New Palestine 1
The Dragons fell in their second straight game in a physical contest that featured eight cards issued between the HHC and common sectional foes.
Caleb Kramer’s goal off a second-half free kick was NP’s lone score.
“I believe we are a good team with talented players and a passion to win, but there is a difference between passion for the game and losing your temper. Unfortunately the boys let their minds and attitude take them to a 2-1 loss,” NP coach Bobby Holden said. “Winning a game is difficult with less players than the other team and starters sitting on the bench due to poor decision-making on their part. I believe Shelbyville to be a good team and played well.”
Shelbyville will host a four-team sectional beginning Oct. 4 that will also include the Dragons, Greenfield-Central and Mt. Vernon.
With Shelbyville’s win Thursday, the sectional appears wide open. On Aug. 28, New Palestine defeated Mt. Vernon 1-0. And MV and Greenfield-Central were locked in a 1-1 tie Thursday (see below).
In the conference race, G-C is the lone undefeated at 1-0. New Palestine is 4-3-1 overall and 2-1 in the HHC; Shelbyville is 2-4-1 on the year and 1-1 in the conference. Mt. Vernon (4-1 HHC) also has one conference loss.
Mt. Vernon 1, Greenfield-Central 1, ppd.
Shortly after regulation ended Thursday, and before overtime could begin, lightning was spotted in the area and eventually forced the postponement of the match.
It will resume with overtime on Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Vernon.
Thursday, Joe Hudson broke a scoreless tie for the Cougars with a goal less than two minutes into the second half.
With 18 minutes remaining in the contest, Mt. Vernon’s Mouhamed Konate evened things with a successful penalty kick following a card on the Cougars’ Angel Rodriguez.
“It was your normal Greenfield-Mt. Vernon game,” MV coach Aaron Britt said. “It was a little physical.
“We had so many opportunites that we didn’t put away. Their keeper (Jarred Potter) made some great saves. We shouldn’t need to be rescheduling right now, but we are.”
The Cougars’ record remained unchanged at 3-2.
Mt. Vernon 2, Lawrence Central 2
In another lightning-shortened event Friday, the Marauders finished in a tie with Lawrence Central. The match was called off with five minutes remaining in regulation. Because it wasn’t a conference contest, the tie will stand and the game won’t be resumed.
C.J. Coleman and Shane DeWael scored for the Marauders (6-2-1) on assists from Nate Weiler and Aaron Gilpin.
MV coach Aaron Britt said he was “thrilled” with his team’s effort. “Played hard in poor conditions,” he added.