Southsider Voice correspondent
Four Southside girls volleyball teams are ranked among the top squads in the state.
Two polls are split on the top team in the state. The Indiana coaches poll ranks Roncalli and Center Grove as first and second, respectively, in Class 4A with Perry Meridian ninth. Lutheran’s young but well-tested team is No. 3 in Class A.
IndianaPrepVolleyball.com, a new poll unveiled this week, ranks Center Grove No. 1 in the state among all teams and Roncalli No. 4 with Perry Meridian No. 8. Lutheran was ranked No. 44 in the website’s ranking system, which takes into consideration strength of scheduling.
However in a head-to-head match-up in the Yorktown tournament, Roncalli defeated Center Grove 25-16 and 25-17. The Rebels also defeated Perry Meridian earlier this season. Perry Meridian owns a 3-1 match win against Franklin Central.
Roncalli, under coach Missy Marsh, is led by seniors Bailey Schnell, 139 kills; Kenzie King, 349 assists and 108 digs; and Lizzie Britner, 17 aces and 121 digs. Junior Annie Strevals leads the Rebels in blocks.
Against Center Grove, King had 24 assists and 12 digs; Schnell had 12 kills in two tourney sets. The Trojans are hosts Oct. 14 in rematch against Roncalli.
Center Grove, which won its first three matches in the Metropolitan Scholastic Conference, has plenty of height and savvy across its end of the court with 6-4 Madison Smeathers, 6-3 Tonia Rumble, 6-2 Ali Line, 6-1 Regan Wentland, 6-0 Malea Howie, 5-11 Taylor Hammill and 5-9 Macy Carrabine.
Carrabine, a sophomore, leads the league with 140 points on serves; Hammill leads in assists (464), and Smeathers leads in blocks (47). Line has a team-high 179 kills, followed by Smeathers with 150 and Wentland with 99.
Against Perry Meridian on Sept. 10, the Trojans outscored the Falcons on kills 60-39, with Line nailing 22, Smeathers 15 and Howe 12.
Perry Meridian is led by seniors Sarah Clem, 108 kills and 46 blocks; Abbey Ketchem, 91 digs, 18 aces and 89 kills; and Kristen Mitchell, 89 kills.
In Perry’s 3-1 win over Franklin Central, the Falcons showed their strength up front with 49 kills compared to the Flashes’ 29. Ketchem had 20 and Clem 13, with junior Riley Taylor coming through with 44 assists.
The Flashes showed their backcourt prowess as senior Elizabeth Moore had 30 digs, sophomore Haley Sobieralski 31 and junior Enn Starkes 23.
Unranked Greenwood is 2-0 in the Mid-State Conference but stands 7-7 overall after placing third in its invitational tourney Saturday.
The Woodmen dominated Monrovia 25-9 and 25-10 but fell to New Palestine 25-23 and 25-22 after being tied in each set at 22; they recovered to defeat Scecina 25-20 and 25-16. The six-team tourney featured 2A No. 10 Speedway, which was crowned champion, and Class A No. 20 Edinburgh.
Libero Morgan Dangelo, 192 digs, and Samantha Short, 110 digs, were first and second, respectively, in the league, and junior Olivia Stilley is No. 1 in kills percentage and blocks after 11 matches. Stilley has 97 kills, Short 95.
Roncalli, Center Grove, Franklin Central, Greenwood and Whiteland feed into a talent-loaded Franklin Sectional.
Improved Beech Grove was at .500 after 12 matches and 2-2 in the Indiana Crossroads Conference. Leaders for coach Lindsey Hall’s squad are sophomore Michelle Jennings, 144 digs, seniors Lizzie Giller, 80 kills, and Sarah Anderson, 54 kills, and freshman Katie Giller, 53 kills.
Playing very few Class A teams, Lutheran had fallen only to Park Tudor, Northview and Franklin in its first 15 matches.
Whitney Hoover (119 kills), Julia Simons (186 assists) and Elise Sombke (128 digs) are the Saints’ leaders. Luthe
Winless Southport collided with Perry Meridian in the Battle of Perry Township at Southport Fieldhouse on Tuesday. Results were unavailable at press time.
Upcoming tourneys include the Marion County tournament at selected sites Oct. 1, 2, 4, Johnson County tourney Oct. 1 and 2 at Greenwood and the Conference Indiana Oct. 11 at Columbus North.
(Note: All statistics from team sites on www.maxpreps.com.)