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Center Grove volleyball defeats Columbus North 3-0
September 7, 2012Columbus North High School
COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Sophomores Makinsey Summa and Janelle Peters each recorded eight kills Thursday (Sept. 6), but visiting Center Grove took a 3-0 volleyball decision at Columbus North.
Sophomore Alexa Pelley paced the Bull Dogs' defense with 18 digs, while junior Tessa Krempel contributed 10 digs and Summa had two blocks as the Bull Dogs fell to 2-7 with the 25-17, 25-11, 25-21 setback.
"We started the match off slow and let Center Grove gain confidence in the first two games," CN coach Caitlin Greiner said. "Makinsey Summa played the middle aggressively, while Janelle Peters complemented her on the outside, giving us another go-to hitter."
Greiner noted that Pelley injured her right index finger in Game 1, but she pushed through and played the remainder of the match as libero, giving the Bull Dogs a lift passing and serving. Greiner also praised sophomore Karen Wildemann for doing a good job as setter and executing the team's strategies.
"We continue to improve with each match," Greiner said. "As a coach, I always expect the best, so the way we played in Game 3 is the way I always expect to see us play."
Senior Lauren Mroz paced Center Grove (4-6) with 10 kills, while classmate Jessi Arbuckle added nine kills and freshman Madison Smeathers tallied five kills. Arbuckle added five aces for the Trojans, while senior Kimber Marsh contributed 15 digs and sophomore Alison Line notched five blocks.
Center Grove also captured the JV and freshman matches.
The Trojans won the JV match 25-10, 25-11, while CG took the freshman match 25-23, 25-23. Olivia Teague paced the CN rookies with seven kills, while Sydney Talkington had 11 assists and Rachel Copeland provided one ace.
Columbus North returns to action at 9 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 8) when it competes in the Jennings County Invitational. The Bull Dogs open against Class 3A No. 6 Brownstown Central, then face Jennings County and Ben Davis in later matches.