By Josh Brown
BROOKVILLE — Miami East, a regional finalist last season and this year’s No. 4 seed, began its tournament run with a sweep of No. 14 Madison Tuesday at Brookville High School, winning 25-6, 25-16, 25-12.
And even though the Viking defense didn’t have to do much work on the night, it was still a big night for Gabrielle Hawkins. With her six digs, Hawkins broke Miami East’s single-season record for digs, which was previously held by Lindsey Black. Hawkins also had an assist in the match.
Nichole Hood led the Miami East offense with 11 kills and three aces, Sophie Jacomet had 10 kills, three aces and six digs, Lydia Conley had six kills, Ashlyn Monnin had four kills, Delaney Bourelle had three kills, an ace and a block, Gretchen Frock had 20 assists and three aces and Macie Schaffner had seven assists.
Miami East (15-8) faces No. 15 Urbana in the second round Saturday.
BROOKVILLE — The season came to an end for the 13th-seeded Covington Buccaneers Tuesday night in a 25-6, 25-7, 25-14 first-round loss to No. 3 Greeneview in the Division III sectional tournament at Brookville.
Ellery Reck had seven assists, Lilli Hamilton had four kills and one block, Makenna Gostomsky had two kills, Makenzee Maschino had two kills and one ace, Alyssa Kimmel had one ace and one block and Hillary Hoying had five digs.
“I feel bad for our seniors to be going out this way,” Covington coach Lonnie Cain said. “They fought hard, but Greeneview has a very nice team. Any time we had an ounce of momentum going, Greeneview would come up with a dig, block or kill to take it back.”
Covington finished the season 9-13 overall.
NEW CARLISLE — The Tippecanoe volleyball team, ranked No. 1 in the Division II sectional, easily made its way through the first round of the tournament Tuesday at Tecumseh High School, sweeping No. 9 Greenon 25-11, 25-12, 25-19 — the Red Devils’ 17th straight win.
Rachel Wildermuth led the Devils with 11 kills and four blocks, Brooke Aselage had eight kills and 22 digs, Corinn Siefring had five kills, Isabelle Crow had 36 assists, Abby Hughes had 22 digs, Alaina Titley had 15 digs and four aces and Madison Haas had four aces.
Tippecanoe (21-2) will face No. 7 Northwestern in a second-round match Saturday.
CENTERVILLE — The Piqua Indians, seeded No. 12 in the Division I sectional, scored a first-round tournament win Tuesday, sweeping No. 15 Springfield 25-15, 25-5, 25-20 at Centerville High School.
With the win, Piqua (8-15) earned a shot at top-seeded Springboro Saturday in the second round.
COVINGTON — The fourth-seeded Lehman Cavaliers had little trouble getting through the first round of the Division IV sectional tournament Tuesday at Covington High School, sweeping No. 26 Ansonia 25-11, 25-15, 25-13.
Next up for Lehman is a second-round match on Saturday against No. 24 Botkins.
* Girls Soccer
Miami East 5,
Franklin Monroe 1
CASSTOWN — The Miami East girls soccer team, which went undefeated in conference play during the regular season and earned the No. 9 seed, knocked off a conference rival in the first round of the Division III sectional tournament Tuesday at home, defeating No. 23 Franklin Monroe 5-1.
Meadow Powers scored two goals and Whitley Gross had a goal and an assist to lead the way for the Vikings. Cerstin Gross and Paxton Hunley each added a goal, Maddie Miller had two assists and Savannah Nehring had one assist.
Miami East (10-5-1) travels to No. 4 Milton-Union Saturday in a second-round game. On Sept. 22, the Vikings and Bulldogs battled to a 1-1 draw in a game played at Miami East.
PLEASANT HILL — The 16th-seeded Newton Indians took control in the first half and then got some insurance in the second Tuesday night, holding off No. 21 Dixie 3-1 at home in the first round of the Division III sectional tournament.
Marissa Deeter scored two first-half goals to put the Indians on top 2-1 at the break, and then Crystal Houk redirected a direct kick from McKenna Demido into the net in the second half to put the game away. Michaela Kirk and Jaden Stine each added an assist, as well.
Newton travels to top-seeded Anna Saturday in a second-round matchup.
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