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Columbus North volleyball earns share of North Central Invitational title
September 3, 2012Columbus North High School
INDIANAPOLIS -- Sophomore Makinsey Summa loomed strong at the net and classmate Alexa Pelley played well on the back line Saturday (Sept. 1), lifting the Columbus North volleyball team to a pair of wins and the co-championship of the North Central Invitational.
The Bull Dogs dropped their opening match to Connersville 2-1, but they rebounded to knock off Park Tudor and North Central in straight sets to share the event crown with the host Panthers.
North Central defeated Park Tudor and Connersville to also finish 2-1 in the event, while Park Tudor and Connersville each finished 1-2 to tie for third place.
Summa posted 12 kills while sophomore Janelle Peters and sophomore Kileigh Huskey each added four against Connersville, but Columbus North ended up falling 26-28, 25-19, 15-12 to the Spartans. Pelley contributed four aces, while Pelley and junior Devon Roese each had 13 digs in the setback.
The Bull Dogs bounced back to blow past Park Tudor 25-11, 25-21. Peters and freshman Avery Wendel each notched two kills, while sophomore Karen Wildemann ripped three aces. Pelley had seven digs and Wildemann had five digs.
CN then claimed a share of the tourney title by defeating North Central 25-23, 25-23. Peters paced the offense with eight kills, while junior Tessa Krempel and sophomore Hayley McMahan each netted six kills. Summa and Huskey added four kills apiece, while Pelley recorded 15 digs and Krempel had 14 digs.
For the day, Summa posted 16 kills, Wildemann dealt 51 assists and Pelley had six aces and 35 digs as the Bull Dogs moved their season record to 2-5.
"We started off slow against Connersville, but the matches against Park Tudor and North Central were much better," CN coach Caitlin Greiner said. "Makinsey Summa did a great job at the net as well as at the serving line, while Alexa Pelley stepped into the libero role and passed serve receive consistently and kept several plays alive with great digs."
The coach noted that Huskey competed well in her first varsity tournament and expressed pleasure with everyone's play against North Central.
"This match was the best the team as a whole has played this season," Greiner said. "It was great to see all the girls play in a match the way I see them every day in practice."
Columbus North returns to action on Tuesday (Sept. 4) when it hosts Pike in a Conference Indiana match. JV and freshman matches begin at 6 p.m., and the varsity follows the JV at about 7 p.m. The Bull Dogs follow with a non-conference home match on Thursday (Sept. 6) against Center Grove.