Times Sports Editor
There are plenty of Clay County youngsters playing club volleyball both in Indianapolis and the Terre Haute-area. Not only are there high school and junior high athletes competing, but even elementary schools are well represented in the Circle City Club, Crossroads of America and Indiana Elite programs.
The Circle City 12 Purple squad put together a nice run through the Central Zone Championships last week, producing a 6-1 mark overall with its only loss coming to the unbeaten champions in the semifinals on Feb. 12.
North Clay's Emily Yocom is a libero/defensive specialist for the squad that also placed first in the Gold Division of the Midwest Power League on Jan. 29 with a dominating performance. The 12 Purple team didn't allow more than 10 points in a 25-point set over the first four matches, which were all victories. In the semifinal, Circle City produced a rare shutout with a 25-0, 25-0 victory against the South Indy Cardinal team before topping South Indy Black's 12-year-old team in the championship, 25-13, 25-18.
The Circle City 12 Black team has also had a successful run this season, including a first-place result in the Hoosier Mini Tourney in Plainfield on Feb. 4. North Clay's Lauren Swearingen helped her team to a 5-0 mark in that tourney. On Jan. 21, the team went 3-1 in another Hoosier Mini Tourney on the way to a third-place finish.
North Clay sixth-grader Dalyn Boor plays on the 13 Black team at Circle City and her team played to a 2-1 mark in pool play at the Central Zone Championships on Jan. 15 before competing in the IVA Challenge on Jan. 22 and traveling to Louisville, Ky. to play in the Central Zone Invitational on Feb. 4.
The Crossroads of America (COA) program has teams reaching to the 10-year-old age group and Clay County is represented well in that area as well.
The 10 Red team features Staunton third-grader Lauren Anacker along with fourth-grader Isabella Horrall. Forest Park Elementary third-grader Lexy Snow plays the middle for the team. The team is preparing to take on tourney competition at the University of Southern Indiana this weekend in Evansville.
The COA 12 White team has Staunton Elementary fifth-grader Darrian Herniter as a middle, Jackson Township Elementary fifth-grader Madisson Maffioli and Staunton fifth-grader Kasey Miller as a setter. The 12 White team will also be competing at USI this weekend.
The Indiana Elite program based out of Terre Haute as well includes several local players as Allison Cook, Emily Johnson, Macey Johnson, Alisha Long, Olivia Lundy, Madeline Sinders, Macy Sutherland, Emma Willocks, Gabbi Yeager, Sammy Thomas, Allison Herrick and Megan Sampson make up the 13 Elite Team. Coaches for the team include former Indiana State player Kiya James and Sycamore junior Shea Doran.