By Aaron Kirchoff Rushville Republican
---- — BATESVILLE — On their home court, the Lady Bulldogs of Batesville cruised to a ninth straight sectional title with a 25-14, 25-16, 25-11 victory over Rushville in the volleyball sectional final Saturday.
The Lady Lions finish the season at 15-13. Batesville improves to 30-6.
For the Lady Lions in the title game, Allison Wainwright tallied five kills and nine digs. Brenna Hall had one dig and Carissa Comstock had four digs. Casey Yager added two kills, one block and one assist. Kayla Shelton finished with three kills. Keely Springman had two kills, 15 assists and six digs. Keragan Niehoff added eight kills, one assist and five digs. McKenzie Woolston had four digs and Tessa Hoeing had two aces, two kills and one dig.
In the semifinal, the Lady Lions knocked off South Dearborn in three sets 25-13, 25-19, 25-16.
For Rushville, Hoeing had four aces, five kills, three assists and three digs. Wainwright added two aces, five kills, one block and six digs. Niehoff had two aces, 13 kills and five digs. Woolston had two aces, one kill and two digs. Springman tallied one kill, 20 assists and five digs. Shelton had two kills and Yager had one kill. Comstock finished with two aces and three digs and Hall had two digs.
“I am so very proud of the season we have had. The girls set several goals at the beginning of the season and I am proud of them for accomplishing almost all of them,” Coach Meagan Hearne said. “To help contribute to our very successful season, we had four girls break school records. Both McKenzie Woolston and Tessa Hoeing broke the previous record of aces in a season which was 58 and held by Shelbie Justice. McKenzie served 63 aces this season and Tessa served 61. Keely Springman had 469 assists this season which broke the previous record of 451 held since 2004 by Laura Liggett. Keragan Niehoff had 264 kills which broke the previous record of 249 held by Shelbie Justice.
“Coaching these girls has been such an honor and a pleasure. They are hard workers but more importantly, they are great people. They support each other on and off the court and really have fun together,” Coach Hearne added.
Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222, ext. 114