Royals win match No. 20 for the season


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The Eastern Hancock volleyball program hit the 20-win mark for the season Tuesday with a 25-23, 25-12, 25-10 victory over Indiana Deaf .

The Royals improved to 20-8 overall thanks to solid efforts from Frannie Stephenson (16 kills, 11 digs), Lauren Harmon (six kills, three aces), Melissa Bedell (five kills, six digs), Hannah Best (20 digs) and Jordian Eastes (30 assists).

The milestone victory followed the Royals’ loss Monday to Edinburgh that at least delayed a Mid-Hoosier Conference championship for the Royals.

Edinburgh beat EH 25-21, 26-24, 25-21 and finished 7-1 in the conference, earning earned a at least share of the MHC title.

Leading the way for the Royals were Best (15 digs), Eastes (30 assists, three aces, six digs), Stephenson (11 kills, three aces, five digs) and Bedell (nine kills).

Eastern Hancock (6-1 MHC) will share the title with the Lancers with a win at Waldron (15-10, 4-3 MHC) Thursday.

EH will close out the regular season at the Union County Invite Saturday. Greenfield-Central will also compete at the invite. The Cougars visit Warren Central Thursday.

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Greenfield-Central snared the first set from 3A No. 1 Yorktown (27-3), but dropped the next three sets en route to a 22-25, 25-11, 25-21, 25-13 defeat in its Hoosier Heritage Conference finale Tuesday.

Savannah Hart (three kills, one solo block, two block assists, eight digs), Alex Colclazier (33 digs, 46 serve receptions), Maddi Graham (six kills), Amelia Shepherd (12 digs), Abby Fennig (five aces), Megan Bradley (20 assists, six digs), Rachel Irbe (five blocks, six skills) and Jordan Bunch (six kills) contributed for Greenfield-Central.

“Our blocking was amazing tonight. It was the best it has been all season. It was definitely the difference in sets 1 and 3,” G-C coach Rita Rouse said. “Savannah has really solidified our defense at the net and she is really stepping up her game and contributing to the team.”

G-C (18-10) finishes fourth in the HHC with a 4-3 record. They travel to Warren Central today.

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The New Palestine volleyball team improved to 14-16 on the year by dispatching county foe Mt. Vernon 25-23, 25-20, 25-17 Monday.

Jamie Morris (10 kills, 14 digs, two aces), McKenze Qualkinbush (three kills, three blocks), Mikayla Little (seven kills), Megan Hawley (14 digs) and Katie Morris (two kills, four blocks, 15 digs) paced the Dragons.

For the Marauders (6-24), Mary Grace Ertel had 11 kills. Lexi Reasor notched four kills and two aces. Ellie Balbach posted 10 kills.

NP is at Franklin Thursday while MV hosts Beech Grove Wednesday. Both matches will be each team’s regular-season finale.

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