Times Sports Editor
Several young Clay County volleyball players have had success for a travel team based out of Terre Haute.
The COA 13 Red team participated in its first volleyball tourney on Feb. 4 and played in the 14-year-old division, coming away with a championship in the Silver Division.
The team was a combined 3-1 in tourney play with the lone loss coming against a 14-year-old team from Hamilton Southeastern. The COA team won against Indy 14 Juniors, IVA 14's and Indy 14 Thundercats.
The team got four kills, an ace and four service points from Albright in tourney play and Shaw added six kills, five aces and six service points. Lunsford had eight kills, two aces and five service points with Kumpf producing 15 passes, three digs and three service points.
The 13 Red team is coached by a pair of Rose-Hulman players, Anna Lewer and Erika Mcguire.
The COA 12 Red team also won in the Silver Division while competing in the 13-year-old division.
North Clay students Maggie Mershon and Elle Tipton are each members of the team along with Staunton's Megan Heck.
The COA 14 Red team that includes North Clay eighth-graders Breana Dove and Gabby Horrall finished as the tourney runner-up with a 3-1 record.
On Jan. 31, the 18 Red team went 4-1 to finish second in the Central Zone, which followed a championship on Jan. 15 in the IVA Challenge. The team that includes Clay City junior Halli Brewer and Northview's Brylie Riddell and Hannah Willocks, went 6-0 to claim the championship.
The Indianapolis-based Circle City volleyball club also features local athletes as the 18 Purple team with Knights' senior and Indiana State recruit Ashlen Buck, placed second with a 4-1 mark at the Central Zone Shootout in Plainfield.
In the Midwest Power League at Plainfield, Northview's Alexus Bex competed for Circle City's 17 White squad that placed second with a 3-1 mark on Feb. 5.
Shelbi Morris, a Northview sophomore, competed for the 16 Black squad that ran roughshod over the competition in the Central Zone Championships on Feb. 11-12. Her team went unbeaten at 7-0 and lost just one set out of the 15 that it played.
The Circle City 15 White team with Northview's Taylor Hess, placed ninth in the Central Zone Tourney.
The 14 Purple team with North Clay eighth-grader Madison McDonald, rolled to a championship with a 7-1 mark with a loss to Asics KIVA 14 White in the first round of group play. However, the team rallied to win its next six matches and claim the title.
North Clay's Alex Swaim competes for the 14 Power Spaulding team for Circle City that placed third with a 2-2 mark at the Midwest Power League on Jan. 29.