The North Clay volleyball teams have been quite busy over the last several days, but have some hardware to add to the junior high cases after coming home from Sullivan on Saturday evening with a pair of WIC championships.
The eighth-grade team posted a 25-4, 24-25, 15-5 win in a battle with the Edge-wood Colts as Taylor Hess scored seven points with five assists, three aces and a kill. McKenzi Kumpf piled up 15 points, five aces, four kills and five assists in the victory and Whitney Halfhill added four points, three aces and four kills. Gracie Geswein tallied five points with three aces from the service line to go with an assist and Madison Nevins contributed three points and an assist. Both Lainey Latham and Mi-kayla Rowan had two kills in the tussle, Deaven McCrocklin had five points, Mannah Mace added two points and Hannah Minor did plenty of work with her defensive digs.
In the first set, Hess also had three assists with six aces, Kumpf added five kills, three points and an assist and McCrocklin posted five points, two aces and a block. Rowan had a kill and Mace dished out an assist.
In the second game, North Clay got five points and an assist from Nevins, Samantha Smith had two points with an assist and Geswein had two points and two assists. Rowan added three more kills in the victory and posted a block, Kumpf had two assists and Shea Britton had two points. Abbey Timberman also had a point and a kill and Latham had a point and a kill.
The seventh-grade also earned a championship, but had to post three victories to do so.
North Clay opened tourney play with a dominating, 25-1, 25-15 win over the host Sullivan squad before knocking off Owen Valley, 25-10, 25-18 and Edgewood, 25-10, 25-19.
Combined stats for North Clay in the tourney saw Madison McDonald post 24 points, 13 aces, five kills and six assists with Zoe Orman adding 16 points, four aces and a pair of kills. Lauren Atkinson contributed two points and two aces, Kaylee Cooper had seven points, three aces, a kill and two assists and Breanna Dove added nine points, three aces and four kills.
Kaytlin Galloway had a nice serving tourney as she scored 10 points from the line with four aces and four assists and Madison Trusty rang up three points and two kills. Faith Wells scored two points, Alyssa Yocom had eight points, two aces and five assists with Ashley Heck adding two points, an assist and a kill. Jordan Mills tallied nine points, two aces and a kill with Morgan Stearley adding five points, nine kills and an ace. Alex Swaim served up seven points and four aces with Grace Timberman adding two kills.
Monday vs. Greencastle
North Clay continued its strong play this season by defeating visiting Greencastle on Monday evening.
The seventh-grade scored a 25-2, 25-22 victory to remain unbeaten at 17-0 this season as Orman had 16 service points with eight aces. Cooper added eight points, McDonald contributed another seven points with three aces and Wells posted six points. Mills had one point and Stearley led the way with four kills as Yocom had two assists and Timberman added a kill.
In the eighth-grade contest, North Clay scored a 25-14, 25-11 victory with Britton tallying 10 points, six aces and a kill. Kumpf added in six points, three aces and one kill for the Knights and Halfhill had an ace and a kill. Rowan smacked a kill in the victory and Hess scored six points with two aces and an assist. Mace had two points and a kill, Timberman and Nevins each had three points and Buell had three points as well.
The eighth-grade is now 15-1 overall.
North Clay wraps up its seasons with a home match on Thursday vs. St. Pats.