A Seymour volleyball team that began its season with adversity and a scrambled schedule, showed Saturday it may be all of the way back in form by sweeping three matches at the Hauser Invitational.
The Owls topped Columbus North, 25-16, 15-25, 25-12, Rushville, 25-9, 25-14, and Rock Creek, 25-14, 25-19.
The trio of victories gave the Owls a 13-13 record on the season after a slow start. Seymour’s season start was delayed because the team was in quarantine because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sydney Montgomery led the team with 7 kills, Sidney Allman added 4 and Paige Lawrence had 3.Lauren Knieriem had 16 digs and Allman 15
Lawrence had 46 assists on the day.
The Owls have been battling injuries and that has given other players the opportunity to receive more playing time.
“We had a great day yesterday and I am just thankful for the opportunity to play,” said Seymour coach Angie Lucas, who said the Owls were a late addition to the tournament.
“I believe that if we can get our injured players healed up in time and add them back into our mix of players on the court, sectional play could be very exciting. I have said all along that the team that is the healthiest at sectional time, will be the winner this season.”
Seymour hosts Brownstown Central in a match Tuesday, with the junior varsity starting at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity following.
Trinity Lutheran volleyball captures own tournament
The Cougars swept past New Washington, 25-12, 25-9, Mitchell, 25-6, 25-6, and West Washington, 25-8, 25-5, Saturday, in the Trinity Lutheran Invitational as the leading team in Class 1A improved its record to 23-3.
A variety of contributors came through for Trinity in different aspects of the game, with Kennedy Hoffman totaling 25 kills, Sydney Jaynes 23, and Bailey Tabeling 15. Stella Kleffman led the way with 8 aces and Bailey Reynolds and Kamzi Gross scored with 4 aces apiece.
Gross collected 24 digs and Hoffman had 15, with Elly Carter and Reynolds coming through with 8 digs each.
Reynolds piled up 62 assists during the course of the three matches.
In a schedule change from early in the season, and in order to stiffen the difficulty of the schedule, Trinity will face Center Grove on the road Tuesday.
Brownstown runners pick off personal bests
Nathan Koch ran 17 minutes, 06 seconds in the Ted Fox Invitational Cross Country Race at North Bedford Lawrence Saturday for 29th place among 132 finishers in the boys 5-kilometer.
Traven Wellman, who was 88th in 19:30, also set a personal record for the distance for the Braves.
The other Brownstown boys finishers were Cameron Day (75th in 19:08), Bradley Edwards (86th in 19:27) and Waylon Lutes (102nd in 20:10).
“I’m fairly happy with how the guys ran today,” said Brownstown coach Derrick Koch. “It was good to be among some strong competitors and on a challenging course.”
Koch was encouraged by Koch’s and Wellman’s runs.
“I’m excited that they ran very well on this course,” the older Koch said.
The Braves, who placed 10th among 12 teams behind Floyd Central’s title team, are prepping for conference and the Sectional, hoping for more personal bests.
“The guys are preparing well,” he said. “We are looking forward to these meets.”
Brownstown’s girls were 15th in the team race, with Bloomington North winning.
Jazzlyn Yeadon was the Braves’ top finisher in 86th in 23:30. The other scorers for Brownstown were Tori Lokey (101st in 26:09) and Camryn Thompson, Rehgen Stuckwisch and Brooklyn Issacs were at the back of the field of 130 finishers.