For the second consecutive weekend, the South Newton Lady Rebels are tournament champs after going a perfect 4-0 in the Tri-County Invitational.
South Newton opened up tournament play with a wins over North White, North Newton, and Frontier, and then knocked off Carroll in the championship game.
“This was a great tournament win for us and a huge win over Frontier,” said South Newton coach Laura Robbins. “For us, that was the championship match, our group of girls had not beat them and it was good to see them get over that intimidation factor and go out and play like we can. I have all the confidence in the world in my girls, and this year they go out and find ways to win.”
With the tournament win, South Newton improved to 13-0 and has only dropped two sets along the way.
The Lady Rebels opened up tournament play with a 25-20, 25-15 win over North White as the team combined to slam down 27 kills in just two sets.
Maddie Whaley led the way with nine kills, while Samantha Warren and Leah Schriner each had five. Elizabeth Garing led the team with eight digs, while Kim Hall had 13 assists, and Schriner added eight assists.
South Newton topped Frontier 25-15, 24-26, 15-8 to improve to 2-0 in tournament play.
Whaley and Schriner each had eight kills to pace the Lady Rebels attack, while Hayley Warne had 12 digs, Schriner added eight digs, and Garing finished with eight digs. Hall led the squad with 13 assists, while Schriner added seven.
South Newton cruised to a 25-14, 25-7 win over North Newton to clinch a spot in the championship game. Whaley paced the attack with nine kills. Hall and Warne served up seven and five aces respectively. Schriner finished with nine assists, while Hall added six in the win.
For the Lady Spartans, Hannah Hiscox had a team-high two kills, Danielle Watkins had three blocks, Jenna McCann added eight digs, and Marissa Schoon finished with four assists.
In the championship, South Newton overcame slow starts to knock off Carroll 25-19, 25-19.
Whaley again had a good offensive performance with nine kills, two aces, and nine digs. Schriner added six kills, two aces, seven digs, and eight assists. Warren finished with four kills, a block, and three digs. Hall added 10 assists in the win.
For the Lady Spartans, they dropped their first three games of the tournament before defeating Caston to finish 1-3.
North Newton opened up the tournament with a 25-15, 25-10 loss to Frontier. Sara Will connected on 8-of-10 of her attacks, and McCann led the team with nine digs.
The Lady Spartans dropped to 0-2 in the tournament with a 26-24, 25-18 loss to North White
Ashley Churchill was 6/6 serving with two aces. Reese Fox and Hiscox went 6/7 with an ace each. Hiscox also led the team with four kills, while Sara Will added three and Watkins had one. McCann had a team-high 13 digs, while Ashley Churchill added seven assists, and Schoon had six assists.
In the final game of the tournament, North Newton defeated Caston 25-17, 24-26, 15-12.
Jamie Will led the team with four kills and six digs, Sara Will had two kills, and freshman Heidi Schleman added two kills. Schoon finished the game with three aces. Schoon had eight assists in the win.
In other volleyball action from the week:
North Newton won in three straight sets against Hammond Gavit 25-23, 25-21, 25-22 Aug. 23.
Serving leaders were: Ashley Churchill — 15/15 with 2 aces, Marissa Schoon — 14/15 with 4 aces, Reece Fox -11/12 and 4 aces and Jamie Will 11/12 with 1 ace.
Passing leaders were: Jenna McCann — 48/52 and 14 digs. Hannah Hiscox 28/30 and 3 digs. Reese Fox 26/30 and 4 digs and Marissa Schoon was 22/22.
Hitting leaders were: Jamie Will — 15/17 and Sara Will 7/10 and 1 kill.
Setting leaders were: Marissa School was 22/22 and Ashley Churchill was 15/16