The Shelby-Rising City volleyball team couldn’t keep the momentum going in the Crossroads Conference tournament last week.
The Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves, eventual runners up to Meridian, defeated the Huskies 3-0 on Oct. 16 in the semi-finals
E-M won 25-18, 25-20 and 25-20. Jenna Nekl recorded 14 assists in the game. Sydnie Adams and Reece Ingalls led in kills with 8 and 5 respective.
In the third place match, Shelby took the first match from Bruning-Davenport-Shickley before the Eagles swept three in a row, winning 23-25, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-14. Nekl had 27 assists in the game, and Jamie Hopwood had 20 digs.
To advance, the Huskies defeated Hampton 2-1 and Giltner 2-1 on Oct. 14.
The Huskies traveled to Exeter on Tuesday, then play in the Madison Triangular with North Bend on Thursday. The C2-6 subdistrict meet will begin Monday at Aquinas. Brackets were not available at press time.
October 16 at York City Auditorium.
S-RC 18 20 20
E-M 25 25 25
Individuals – S-RC:
Kills – Adams 8, R. Ingalls 5
Serving pts/aces R. Ingalls 13/1, Potter 10/3, Nekl 10,
Assists – Nekl 14
Meridian starts slow but sweeps
Meridian (25-1) held off Class D-2 No. 4 Exeter Milligan to win the Crossroads Conference Tournament championship 25-20, 25-21, 25-13 at York Auditorium. Class D-1 No. 2 Meridian struggled in the first two sets to put away the Timberwolves. The Mustangs trailed 19-17 at one point in the second set.
"We struggled early and we were trying too hard at times, probably because we wanted this so bad," Meridian coach Bob VanWesten said.
Things turned in the third set when, VanWesten said, his team played together better.
"Everybody did a good job and our serving did really well," he said. "We kept them out of their system."
Rylee Pieper had 12 kills for Meridian, including six in the third set. Sophomore Halle Pribyl had eight kills and Lauren DeLord had seven. DeLord had a few blocks, which VanWesten said were key for his team's momentum in the late-going.
Katherine White had 12 kills to lead Exeter-Milligan (20-6), and Hannah Beethe had nine kills and 14 digs.