By Josh Brown
TIPP CITY — In its first year in the Greater Western Ohio Conference, the Tippecanoe volleyball team had a chance to unseat the reigning champion.
But the Troy Trojans refused to relinquish their crown.
The Red Devils took the Trojans the distance, winning the fourth game convincingly and seeming to grab momentum heading into the decisive fifth set. But Troy (16-4, 13-0 GWOC American North Division) took the advantage early in the fifth and never let it go to win 18-25, 25-17, 25-23, 15-25, 15-11 and clinch at least a share of its fifth straight division title Tuesday at Tippecanoe.
Katie DeMeo led the Trojans with 20 kills, four aces, one block and four digs, Camryn Moeller had 14 kills, one ace, two blocks and 24 digs, Miranda Silcott had nine kills, one block and 15 digs, Payton Riley had nine kills seven blocks and one assist and Lauren Schmitz had three kills, three blocks, one assist and two digs to lead Troy’s offense.
Dana Wynkoop had 26 assists, an ace and five digs, Katie Jackson had 23 assists, one kill, one ace and one dig, Victoria Holland had 25 digs and an ace, Chloe Johnston had four digs and Caroline Pratt had two digs.
Taylor Prall led Tippecanoe (15-6, 11-3 GWOC American North Division) with 18 kills, 17 digs and four aces, Emily Shuk had 14 kills, Natalie Seeman had 10 kills, Cali Stewart and Brooke Aselage each had three blocks, Isabel Crow had 45 assists, three aces and 16 digs and Abby Hughes had 16 digs and three assists.
Troy can clinch the division title outright tonight with a win at Butler before returning home Thursday for Senior Night against Piqua. Tippecanoe, meanwhile, finishes the regular season at home Thursday against Butler.
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union senior Lauren Craig needed only one assist to add another impressive milestone to her stellar final season, sitting on 999.
She got her 1,000th career assist early on, leading the Bulldogs (14-6, 9-2 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) to a 25-12, 25-14, 25-10 sweep of Northridge Tuesday on Senior Night.
“She got that on the very first play of the match,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “It’s always nice to get a win on Senior Night. This is a very important senior class because it’s their work that has gotten this program to the point where we get to play in important games every year. We will miss these four not only as players, but we’ll miss the great girls they are, too.”
Senior Bri Stone had eight kills to lead the offense, while fellow seniors Katie Lehman and Katheryn Reynolds had 11 and six digs, respectively.
Milton-Union finishes the regular season at Preble Shawnee Thursday.
Miami East 3,
CASSTOWN — Miami East hosted its Senior Night Tuesday night, leaving one more match to finish another undefeated run through the Cross County Conference after a 25-9, 25-16, 25-13 victory over Covington.
On the heels of a quadruple-double on Monday, Jonni Parker had a triple-double with 12 kills, 17 assists, 11 aces, five digs and four blocks, while Kyndall Hellyer led the Vikings in kills with 14 and added 13 assists, three aces and eight digs. Reagan Morrett had four kills, Jillian Wesco had four kills, and seven digs, Taylor McCuistion had three kills and a dig, Sophie Jacomet had 10 digs, Carly Gump had a kill and four assists, Gabrielle Hawkins had five digs, Sidney Pelfrey had three digs and Kaitlyn Mack had a dig.
Legend Patty had four kills, a block and a dig, Rachel York had four kills and five digs and Breanna Kimmel and Lilli Hamilton each had three kills to lead the Buccaneers. Bre Dieperink had 15 assists and three digs, Makenna Gostonsky and Savanna Schaurer each had a kill and a dig, Ashley Cecil had six digs and Lindsey Kimmel had four digs.
Covington finished the regular season 10-12, 9-3 in the CCC. Miami East (16-5, 11-0 CCC) finishes the regular Thursday at Bethel.
ARCANUM — Newton (11-10) fought back after a tough first game, giving Arcanum a battle in Cross County Conference play Tuesday night. In the end, though, the Trojans held off the Indians in four, 25-13, 25-23, 25-27, 25-22 on the road.
Maddie Hildebrand led the Indians with 17 kills and Catie Kaufmann added 10, with Kacie Tackett dishing out 36 assists.
Newton hosts Twin Valley South on Senior Night Thursday.
Other scores: Troy Christian (12-9, 7-2 Metro Buckeye Conference) 3, Legacy Christian 0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-22).
* Boys Soccer
TIPP CITY — In its first season as a member of the Greater Western Ohio Conference, the Tippecanoe boys soccer team clinched the outright American North Division championship Tuesday night, shutting out Butler 4-0 at Tipp City Park.
Four different players scored goals for the Red Devils (13-1-1, 9-0-1 GWOC American North). Adam Grieshop scored the eventual game-winner on an assist from Austin Haas, then Hunter McGraw scored on an assist from Wade Timmer. Mitch Colvin added an unassisted goal to make it 3-0, and Timmer capped off the scoring with an assist from Caiden Smith.
Tippecanoe travels to Wayne Saturday to close out the regular season.
Troy Christian 1,
Franklin Monroe 0
TROY — Senior Jon Slone scored the only goal Tuesday night, leading the Troy Christian Eagles to a 1-0 victory over Franklin Monroe on Senior Night.
Sophomore Grant Conklin had the assist as the Eagles (13-1-1) said goodbye to five seniors. It was also a measure of payback for Troy Christian — Franklin Monroe eliminated the Eagles from last year’s postseason, 2-1 in overtime.
Troy Christian travels to Seven Hills Saturday to finish the regular season.
Other scores: Botkins 3, Lehman 1.
* Girls Soccer
Franklin Monroe 3,
Troy Christian 1
TROY — Troy Christian’s girls soccer team got off to a fast start Tuesday night on Senior Night, but a hat trick by Franklin Monroe’s Bryanna Diceanu led the Jets to a 3-1 victory over the Eagles (7-7-1).
Lexi Salazar scored less than eight minutes into the game to give the Eagles the lead, but they couldn’t get anything going the rest of the way.
Troy Christian finishes the regular season Thursday at home against West Liberty-Salem.
Other scores: Lehman (12-1-1) 5, Botkins 0.
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