FORT WAYNE — Aided by a pair of crucial "in the net" calls during the latter stages of game five, No. 5 Concordia outlasted No. 1 Bellmont 16-14 for the 3-2 victory in a clash of area volleyball titans Tuesday night at a stuffy Concordia gym.
The Lady Cadets rallied to win the first game 26-24, then took game two 25-20. Bellmont stormed back to dominate game three, 25-17 and won a tough game four 25-23 to set the stage for an exciting game five.
South Adams runners fared well in the annual Bellmont Cross Country Invitational Tuesday afternoon with Evan Liechty and Brody Shane placing one-two in the boys race and Hannah Moore and Kristen Muselman going three-four on the girls side.
New Haven scored a 3-1 victory over Adams Central Monday in high school girls volleyball. Again, the Jets were without veteran setter Alyssa Keller, out of the lineup because of illness.
The Jets lost a close game 25-23 in the opener, tied the match with a 25-18 win, then lost the final two games to the Bulldogs, 21-25.
Adams Central blanked Huntington North on Monday in boys' varsity and reserve tennis, winning by a combined score of 9-0. The games were played at Huntington.
The Flying Jets are 2-1 in varsity and 3-0 in reserve.
The 5-0 varsity victory included these results:
—Nathan Barger over Ben North, 6-0 and 6-0.
—Jon Weil over Aaron Gilmore, 6-4 and 6-0.
—Conner Lengerich over Matt Sieburns, 6-0 and 6-0.
A somewhat undermanned Adams Central volleyball team traveled to the Teepee Saturday night to battle defending class 3A state champ Bellmont and although the Squaws won the match in three straight games fairly easily the final scores were not indicative of the play on the court.
The edge that Craig Krull's Squaws took to Bishop Dwenger Tuesday was definitely not present last night as the defending 3A state champs had their home opener, taking out Woodlan with a less-than-spectacular showing, 25-12, 25-15, and 25-15.
"We didn't seem to have a whole lot of energy. I think we were caught off guard because the jayvee match lasted about a half hour and we were still in the locker room, so we got off to a slow start," explained Krull.
MONROE â€• “I've always said there's gonna be a lull in every game and every match and that you just have to play through it," noted Adams Central volleyball coach Jeremi Schortgen Thursday night after her Jets rallied in a somewhat lethargic second game to knock off a senior-laden Eastbrook team 25-18, 26-24, 25-15.
"I've been telling the kids that this is definitely not the same Woodlan. They'll have a lot of quality athletes," stated first-year Bellmont coach Larry Getts on the Friday, season-opening opponent of the Braves.
Woodlan will be coached by veteran Sherwood Haydock, who spent 11 years coaching the Harding Hawks, taking them to a state championship.
With Harding closed, Haydock, and his 233-pound son, Zac Bo, moved down the road to Woodlan as he takes over for Barry Ehle.
FORT WAYNE — Bellmont lost three Division-1 players from it's 3A state championship team. Here's the bad news for the Squaws' opponents, it was hard to tell much difference in quality Tuesday in the season opening sweep at Bishop Dwenger.
"We might surprise some people," said Bellmont coach Craig Krull, who obviously was very pleased with what he witnessed in the 25-19, 25-18, 25-7 wins in the Saints' gym.
Bellmont opened its tennis season with a complete sweep of Fort Wayne South Side Tuesday, winning the varsity contest 5-0 and the jayvee 3-0.
Payton Selking scored a 6-0, 6-1 win over Antonio Gooden at No. 1 singles. Phillip Bauman clupped John Dukarski 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2. Evan Selking scored a 6-2, 7-5 win over Nate Thomas.