All three Adams County schools were victorious on the volleyball court Tuesday night with both Adams Central and South Adams opening their ACAC seasons with triumphs and Bellmont visiting North Side in Fort Wayne for a three-game sweep.
Chelsea Bollenbacher and Lily Taing provided the momentum for South Adams enroute to a 25-22, 25-9, 25-22 win over Southern Wells.
Bollenbacher nailed 10 kills and added a pair of blocks while Taing delivered six aces along with nine assists and three digs. Alyssa Bluhm was also a key factor with six kills and nine assists while Lauren Smith had 11 digs for the Starfires.
In the junior varsity match, the schools went to three games with South Adams taking a 25-15, 18-25, 15-11 score. Mackenzie Jennings had nine assists, six aces, and three digs, Holly Taylor had six aces, and Brady Rogers scored five kills.
South Adams will host Bluffton on Thursday in ACAC action at the Stardome.
Jets Take Marathon
Five game marathons have become frequent events for the Adams Central Jets as Coach Jeremi Schortgen's troops survived a bid by Heritage. The Pats opened with a 25-19 first game decision but the Jets came back with 25-22, 26-24 wins in the next two rounds. Heritage rallied for a 25-18 fourth game win but the Jets battled in the final round for a 15-13 victory.
The win put AC's record at 5-5 on the season overall.
Alyssa Keller had a strong AC game with four kills, two aces, 31 assists, and 14 digs while Abbey Lichtle turned in eight kills, nine digs, three assisted blocks, and three assists. Other Jet performers found Whittney Peterson with nine kills, two assists, and one dig and assisted block, Madi Schwartz with five digs, Alexa Baller with 11 digs, Liz Luginbill wit 12 digs and an ace, Abby Snyder had seven digs and two aces, Bess Fiechter hit for nine kills, had six digs, and one solo and assisted block, Chelsie Eads had a team-high 13 kills to go with a pair of digs and one assisted block, and Haley Gross had three digs, one kill and one assist.
For Heritage, Abby Saalfrank was the leader with 17 digs, four aces, 13 assists, and 11 kills. Allie Boyles added 10 assists and three digs, Lauren Hoffman delivered five kills, four digs, one ace, nine solo blocks, and one assisted block, Megan Unsicker and Sarah Sorg each had three solo and three assisted blocks, and Alisha Gerardot finished with five digs, five aces and a kill. Casey Dowler added four kills, two aces, and three digs for the Pats.
In reserve play, Adams Central had an easier time with a 25-15, 25-10 triumph.
Madi Schwartz had 13 assists, three aces and kills, four digs, and an assisted block, Sam Fisher had six digs and three aces, Kaitlin Carroll had two aces, and four digs and kills, Jen Kahlert had three kills and a solo and assisted block, Jenny Schultz had two digs, one solo block and one assist, and Kelsey Pritchard and Meghan Manley both had four kills.
The AC jayvees are now 8-3 on the year.
Squaws in Three
Much like their game with Snider last Thursday, Bellmont struggled in the first game and was stretched to the limit before taking a 25-23 win. The Squaws regrouped for two easy wins in the next two frames, just like the Snider match, by scores of 25-10, 25-8.
Bellmont had 96 attacks in the match but converted only 32 kills. Payton Schultz was the leader with 12 kills while Holly Hankenson had eight, Janaya Wilder five, Sarah Norder and Bailee Hankenson each had three, and Steph Shoup notched one. Shoup and Bailee Hankenson passed for 17 and 16 assists respectively and the Squaws nailed 16 aces against the Redskins including five each by Erin Hunter and Allison Gutierrez while Shoup had three, Holly Hankenson two, and Bailee Hankenson one.
Defensively, Bellmont was led in digs by Gutierrez at her libero position with 18 while Holly Hankenson had 15, Shoup nine, Bailee Hankenson six, and Schultz, Hunter, and Wilder all had two. Schultz and Shoup each was credited with one solo block.
Bellmont remains ranked at number three in class 3A volleyball this week after opening the season at number one. They currently own a 9-3 record with all three losses coming to ranked teams.
The Squaw JV team made quick work of North Side wit a 25-10, 25-8 decision to take their record to 11-0.
Olivia Fuelling had six kills, two assists and two digs, and one ace, Madalyn Mann had 14 assists, two kills, seven aces, and one block, Emily Roman had two aces, four digs and an assist, Devon Schultz had three digs, one ace and one assist, Carley Williams and Audrey Schultz both had two kills, Autumn Konkle had four assists, one dig and kill, Jordan Rumschlag had two kills, one block and assist, Taylor Rhymer had three kills and two digs, Natalie Busse had four kills, three aces, and two digs, and Jessah Okoniewski had one dig.
The freshman match was even easier for Bellmont to the tune of 25-5, 25-6.
Twenty-six of the BHS frosh points came on service aces with Amy Hess delivering 13 of them while Mindy Loshe had eight, Kenzi Funk three, and Sadie Alberson two. Ali Shaffer had five kills while Rachel Salerno, Amanda Hunter, and Funk all had two kills. Dana Garcia led the team in digs with eight.