Times Sports Editor
The club volleyball season is fully underway with a large contingent of county athletes participating with a high level of success with the Circle City program in Plainfield and the Crossroads of America squads in Terre Haute.
The Circle City 13 Venom volleyball team that includes North Clay seventh-graders Sera Little, Lauren Swearingen, Elle Tipton and Emily Yocom, opened the season with a pair of tournament victories.
Playing in the Gold Division of the Central Zone Shootout on Jan. 13, the Venom defeated the Point Grey Wolves, Irish Juniors 14 Blue team and Vision Indy 13 Crush in pool play to advance to the Gold Division finals. The Venom topped Vision Indy 14 Craze, 25-17, 25-13 before defeating GBVBC 25-19, 25-20 in the championship match.
Over the Jan. 26-27 weekend, the team competed in the Central Zone Invitational in Plainfield where it won all eight matches to add another title to its resume this club season.
The Venom topped Vision Indy 13 Crush, Asics KIVA 13 Black, Circle City 13 White, Indy Juniors Rox 13-1 and TI Elite 13-3 in pool play. In the Gold Division Bracket, the Venom defeated South Indy 13 Black 25-13, 25-7, Starz 25-22, 25-13 and posted a 25-14, 25-20 win in the championship over TI Elite.
North Clay's Madeline Sinders and Allison Cook compete for the Nike Elite 12-1 squad that placed second in the tourney with a 5-4 record, winning three straight to reach the finals before falling 25-21, 25-14 to Asics KIVA 12 Red in the final.
Clay City's Addie Kittle plays for the Nike Elite 14-1 travel team for Circle City and her squad went 5-2 in the tourney. The team won its first four matches of the afternoon and reached the final match before losing a 25-18, 25-18 decision to Asics KIVA 14 Red.
Northview athletes also competed on championship teams as freshman Madison McDonald's Nike Elite 15-year old squad went unbeaten in seven matches for the Circle City squad based out of the Capitol Sports Center in Plainfield.
The team knocked off the Milwaukee Sting 15 Black squad 25-17 and then topped Asics KIVA 15 Red by a 25-15, 25-12 score in the title match in the Central Zone Invite on Jan. 27.
Northview junior Shelbi Morris plays for the Circle City 17 Black volleyball team, which posted a 5-1 mark in the tourney over the course of six matches to place third. The squad reached the final round before falling to Team Z 17 Navy, 25-15, 25-23.
The Crossroads of America Volleyball program based in Terre Haute has also begun their respective seasons with great results as well.
The 12 White team that includes North Clay's Torrence Fagg, Darrian Herniter, Katelyn Kidwell and Kasey Miller went 4-1 to win the title at the Eagle Invitational Feb. 4. The 14 Red squad that includes North Clay's Quinn Albright and Payton Kumpf, was the runner-up at the IVA Challenge on Jan. 30.
The 16 Red team with Breana Dove, Ashley Heck and Morgan Stearley reached the championship of the JVA Challenge with an unbeaten mark in pool and bracket play. The 12 Red team with North Clay sixth-graders Megan Heck and Madisson Maffioli went 5-0 to win the JVA Challenge title and Maggie Mershon was part of the 13 Red team that was 3-1 and won the Silver Bracket.