The Vincennes University volleyball team has gotten off to a solid start, posting a 16-8 overall mark through last weekend's play.
The Trailblazers are represented by several Wabash Valley players, which includes 2011 Northview graduate Kaylee Clark and Lynsey Higgins of Clay City, also a high school grad this past spring. Terre Haute North is represented by Katlyn Anderson while the Braves have Jessica Chichester on the Trailblazers' roster.
The Trailblazers picked up some big wins at the Parkland College Tournament on Saturday as Vincennes topped NJCAA No. 7 Kirkwood, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 and Rend Lake, 25-16, 25-17, 25-16. The pair of wins came after VU topped No. 13 ranked Des Moines Area Community College 25-21, 25-18, 25-21 and defeated Southwestern Illinois in three games.
Clark, who calls Centerpoint home, has seen action in several matches this season, posting three digs in the opening match of the season against Madison College. She had a big game on Sept. 3 against Macomb as she posted 12 digs and followed that up the next day with two assists and four digs against Kishwaukee College and four more against McHenry County College. In the upset win over Parkland, Clark had five digs in the victory and has averaged two digs per set this year.
Higgins, also of Centerpoint, posted season-highs in kills (four) against Madison College and Columbus State Community College. She has added two kills in four other matches for Vincennes. On two occasions she has also contributed two digs and against Rend Lake on Saturday, Higgins had a block.
Anderson has come up big for Vincennes as a freshman, putting together an impressive string of matches from Sept. 2-4. Over that span she averaged 20 digs per match during a six-match steak that included 34 digs against Macomb Community College. Over the weekend, Anderson had 76 digs in five matches with 10 assists.
The 5'11 Chichester, a sophomore with Vincennes, has hit at a 19 percent clip as she has posted 52 kills for the season on 163 attempts. Higgins has totaled 17 kills this season.
The Trailblazers finally get to open up their season opener on Wednesday against Danville at 7 p.m.
The University of Southern Indiana cross country team competed in North Carolina to open the month at the Covered Bridge Invitational Meet.
Northview High School graduate and USI senior, John Latta, raced to an 11th-place time in the eight-kilometer race. He finished in 26:04 in a meet that featured runners from Div. I schools such as Florida State and Wake Forest. The Seminoles' Seth Proctor won the race with a time of 25:29, but it was USI that won the race with 42 team points.
At the Indiana Intercollegiates, held Sept. 16 at Bloomington, the Indiana State Sycamores placed third in the men's race and the women placed fourth.
Former Northview Knight, Kylee Thacker raced to a 40th-place finish overall with a five-kilometer time of 19:20.
The University of Southern Indiana won the Small State team race and Latta was a big part of that as he placed 33rd overall in the standings with a time of 25:58 in the eight-kilometer race. USI placed fourth in the overall standings for teams and was the top, non-Division I squad. Purdue was the winner (35 points), Indiana was second (40) followed by the Sycamores with 59 points and USI with 134.
The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College cross country team also competed in the Intercollegiates as former Northview Knight, Casandra Barnett, raced to a time of 24:22 to place 158th.
On Saturday at the Otterbein Invitational, Barnett placed 116th overall in the six-kilometer race with a time of 28:49 as SMWC was 10th in the 14-team meet.
This weekend, the defending national champion Pomeroys, compete in the Greater Louisville Open.
Northview High School graduate Lauren Reberger begins her sophomore season at Rose-Hulman as the Engineers have started the season with a 3-1 mark overall.
Reberger has teamed with freshman Kylie McCollum of Lee's Summitt, Mo. The duo has compiled a 5-2 mark overall. The pair are also 3-1 in the HCAC.
Rose-Hulman has defeated Thomas More (8-1), Oakland City (6-3) and Bluffton (9-0) over the Sept. 10 weekend. The Engineers lost to Div. II Kentucky Wesleyan in a narrow 5-4 decision. Last weekend, Rose-Hulman posted a 5-4 win over Transylvania and an 8-1 victory against Mt. Joseph.