Squaws win NHC opener; AC, SA fall

    Bellmont was the only Adams County volleyball team to taste victory on the court Thursday night as the Squaws started their Northeast Hoosier Conference season with a walk in the park over New Haven 25-7, 25-17, 25-8.
    In ACAC play, Adams Central, which has been making it a habit recently of going five games at the varsity level, was squeezed out by Woodlan 3-2 by scores of 19-25, 25-16, 17-25, 25-18, 9-15. South Adams meanwhile fell to conference rival Heritage in three straight rounds, 18-25, 20-25, 12-25.
    At New Haven, the Squaws used some strong hitting and 12 aces, including eight from Erin Hunter, to stop the Bulldogs. Payton Schultz landed 10 of her 12 kill attacks on the New Haven side and also picked up an ace, two digs, and an assisted block. Melissa Mailand made it back into the BHS line-up after nursing an ankle injury for most of the season and delivered for Coach Craig Krull's crew with a 4-5 hitting job and three assisted blocks.
    Freshman Janaya Wilder finished 6-11 in kills along with an assist, Steph Shoup dished out a team-high 29 assists along with two kills, aces, digs, and assisted blocks, Allison Gutierrez scraped up nine digs and had an ace and assist, Holly Hankenson notched eight kills, one assists and assisted block, and seven digs, Bailee Hankenson had two assists and digs, one assisted block and five kills, and Hunter added three digs to her ace count.
    Bellmont improved to 12-4 on the season and is 1-0 in the NHC. This was their only match of the week and they'll be back in action on Monday at Bishop Luers.
    While the BHS varsity slate is good, the Bellmont reserve record is even better now at 13-0 as they defeated New Haven 25-14, 25-17.
    Twenty-five kills were recorded by the Squaws led by Taylor Rhymer with seven. Olivia Fuelling, Audrey Schultz, Madison Glancy, Autumn Konkle, and Natalie Busse all had three while Jordan Rumschlag, Madalyn Mann, and Carley Williams all had one. Mann and Konkle led in assists with seven and six respectively while Williams had four digs and Jessah Okoniewski had two. Williams scored the only ace for Bellmont and Schultz had the only block.
Jets Fall to Warriors
    At Monroe, Adams Central rallied with wins after losing games one and three but the sequence continued with Woodlan coming up with a 15-9 fifth game for the team win.
    The Jets recorded 120 digs on the digs led by Alyssa Keller's 31 and Bess Fiechter's 21. Fiechter had 16 kills and was tied with Abby Snyder for the most aces with three. Abbey Lichtle registered five kills, two solo blocks, 18 digs, and one ace and assist while Whittney Peterson was credited with eight kills, four assists, and two digs.
    Liz Luginbill ended up with nine digs and an assist, Madi Schwartz delivered three digs and an assist, Alexa Baller had 17 digs, Keller added five kills, handed out 33 assists and had one ace, Haley Gross finished with six kills, three digs, and one assisted block, and Chelsie Eads was second in kills with 10 and scooped up five digs.
    Adams Central's record for the year is now 6-7 and 2-2 in the ACAC.
    The Jets remain unbeaten in the conference at the reserve level at 4-0 and they are 13-5 overall after taking a 25-9, 25-8 verdict from the Warriors.
    Jenny Schultz had seven kills, six digs, two aces and an assist, Meghan Manley tallied seven kills, two aces, and one dig and assist, Schwartz marked down three kills, two digs, three aces, and 17 assists, and Jen Kahlert and Kelsey Pritchard both slammed three kills.
    The Jets are off until next Tuesday when they travel to Bluffton.
Pats Top Starfires
    Alyssa Bluhm topped the South Adams effort Thursday evening but her Starfires couldn't overcome the Heritage Patriots losing in three straight.
    Bluhm nailed three kills, had six assists, and four aces and digs for SA. Chelsea Bollenbacher recorded five kills and two blocked shots, and Cady Farlow ended up with three kills, two blocks, and eight digs.
    In the junior varsity encounter, South Adams won the second game 25-21 to force a third game. Heritage won games one and then the third contest by scores of 25-24, 15-7. Mackenzie Jennings had four aces and assists and three kills, and Hannah Taing had 10 digs.