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Blazers sectional champs for first time in 40 years

Blazers play one-game regional at Penn Tuesday.
Posted on Oct. 26, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

WARSAW — It is a championship that was 40 years in the making.

Elkhart Central topped crosstown volleyball rival Elkhart Memorial 25-15, 17-25, 25-18, 25-15 Saturday, Oct. 26, in the final of the Class 4A Warsaw Sectional.

Central’s only other volleyball sectional was title exactly four decades ago.

“We see that 1973 up there in the (central) gym,” said Blazers coach Yolanda Stahl during the hug-filled celebration inside the Tiger Den. “We wanted to put a “13” up there and they did it. We knew we could do it with hard work, focus and mental toughness.

“The girls showed that tonight.”

Maddie Vaught, a middle blocker and one of Central’s seven senior players, said she knew what got the Blazers over the top Saturday night against a team that had beaten Central in five games in early September.

“It was definitely the energy and positivity,” said Vaught, who finished with four blocks. “We kept bringing each other up.

“The energy really kicked in during this game, especially against our rivals.”

Senior Azariah Stahl powered for 26 kills and also had 17 digs, Jenai White added 12 kills and senior Taylor Shreiner 42 assists for the Blazers, who will play at Penn (29-8) in a one-game regional at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Memorial coach Jacquie Rost, who saw her program’s sectional championship streak snapped at six, saw the Blazers play well as a unit while the Chargers (23-12) did not quite click at all times.

“(Central) played very composed and with a good amount of intensity,” said Rost. “We didn’t particularly execute.”

Senior Chelsea Bettis (12 kills) and sophomore left-hander Bailey Brouwer (10 kills) paced the Memorial attack. Junior Tori Mills (35 assists) set up the hitters.

Central advanced by beating Northridge in four games earlier in the day while Memorial downed Warsaw in five.

4A WARSAW SECTIONAL

Championship

CENTRAL def. MEMORIAL 25-15, 17-25, 25-18, 25-15

Top Central players players: Aces — Azariah Stahl 2, Kate Cobb 1, Olivia Jenks 1. Assists — Taylor Shreiner 42. Kills — Stahl 26, White 12. Blocks — Madison Vaught 4, Christi Yoder 2. Digs — Stahl 17, Kate Cob 13.

Top Memorial players: Aces — Jill Brown 1, Claire Welter. Assists — Tori Mills 35. Kills — Chelsea Bettis 12, Bailey Brouwer 10, Darrian Mowery 8. Blocks — Bettis 2. Digs — Welter 21, Brown 16, Mills 12, Mady Robison 11, Kaylin Szucs 10.

Records: Central 28-3, Memorial 23-12.

Next: Central at Penn (29-8) in 4A regional Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

Semifinals

CENTRAL def. NORTHRIDGE 26-24, 19-25, 25-22, 25-18

Top Central players: Aces — Olivia Jenks 2, Taylor Shreiner 1. Assists — Shreiner 44. Kills — Azariah Stahl 34, Jenai White 10. Blocks — Madison Vaught 4. Digs — Kate Cobb 17, Ally Delks 16.

Top Northridge players: Aces — Brittanie Helgeson 2, Brooke Maes 2. Assists — Carlee Christner 22, Morgan Miller 17. Kills — M. Miller 15, Kelly Miller 14, Annie Bachman 12. Blocks — M. Miller 6, Taylor Coulter 5, K. Miller 4 (1 solo), Karissa Miller 4. Digs — Bachman 22, Hannah Kistler 22.

Record: Northridge 26-8.

MEMORIAL def. WARSAW 25-22, 13-25, 24-26, 25-19, 15-11

Top Memorial players: Aces — Jill Brown 3, Claire Welter 2. Assists — Tori Mills 40. Kills — Bailey Brouwer 15, Darrian Mowery 11, Chelseas Bettis 10, Tailor Schultheis 7. Blocks — Schultheis 8 (1 solo), Mowery 4, Brouwer 3 (1 solo). Digs — Welte 30, Brouwer 22, Mills 16, Kaylin Szucs 10.

Top Warsaw players: Aces — Megan Chauncey 4, Kaite Voelz 2. Assists — Chauncey 53. Kills — Taylor Jagger 19, Emily Poe 18, Laura Craig 8. Blocks — Voelz 4, Chauncey 3, Jordyn Lindeman 3. Digs — Craig 19, Poe 16, Peyton Adamiec 15.

Record: Warsaw 25-9.




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