SULLIVAN -- North Clay's seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball teams claimed the Western Indiana Conference championship on Saturday by winning three games at Sullivan.
The eighth-grade Knights opened the tournament with a 25-3, 23-15 victory over Carlisle as Chandler Pell had 15 points, four aces and an assist and Kasey Merten added six points.
Sydney Pursell rang up five points followed by four from Courtney Maccarone, who also had an assist. Brylie Riddell contributed four kills on the attack and both Alexus Bex and Nicole Linton had one apiece.
In game two, Maccarone paced the squad in a 25-19, 25-16 win over Owen Valley.
She scored 17 service points, including a pair of aces and had an assist while both Linton and Sierra Girton had seven points with a kill. Pell scored six points from the service line to go with an assist and two kills.
Riddell again led the offense with eight kills and a service point. Bex had two points, an ace and a kill for the Knights.
The title game came against the host Sullivan squad and the Knights came away with a 25-16, 25-24 victory.
Maccarone had six points and an assist and Lintont added six points and two kills. Pell followed with seven points and Riddell had three kills, four points and an ace. Girton added three points and Bex served up three with one kill.
The seventh-grade Knights downed Owen Valley to open the tourney, 25-27, 25-15, 15-6 before beating Brown County, 25-12, 25-10 and handling South Vermillion, 25-12, 25-10.
Jami Warner had 15 points and a kill in the first game while Lorri LaTourette added 10 points and a kill. Shelbi Morris contributed nine, Lindsey Potter had four and Audrey Clark had three points and an assist.
In the second game, Andi Harting, Shelby Timberman and Jade Mills excelled on defense according to coach Connie Young.
"This was the best match we played all season and our diggers just did an outstanding job in denying Brown County's kills."
LaTourette led the service game with nine points with Morris adding eight with one kill. Potter served up seven points with Warner adding five and Pollard had two. Lesli Ringo came through with four critical points off the bench and Clark had a point and an assist.
In the title game, Warner had 10 points to lead the way with Clark adding eight with two assists. LaTourette had seven for the Knights, Pollard had three, Mills two and both Pollard and Ringo adding one apiece. Morris had two kills for the Knights who improve to 16-2 overall.
The eighth-grade Knights improved to 10-6 overall and host Greencastle this evening at 6 p.m.