Southsider Voice correspondent
Four Southside girls volleyball teams are ranked among the top teams in their class in the Indiana coaches statewide poll.
In 4A, Center Grove was ranked fifth, Roncalli eighth and Perry Meridian among the top 20. Unbeaten Lutheran was fourth in Class A.
The Saints took the Southport Invitation tourney championship Saturday by defeating Tri-West 25-22, 25-20. In earlier best-of-three matches, the Saints downed Centerville 25-23, 23-25, 15-9 and East Central 25-22, 21-25, 15-13.
Roncalli also pulled off an impressive win over No. 4 Carmel 25-17, 25-17, 25-23; Center Grove dominated Martinsville 25-8, 25-7, 25-5; Perry Meridian upended No. 10 Franklin 25-20, 25-22, 25-22; and Lutheran edged Scecina 3-2, winning the final set 17-15.
However, it was two unranked teams – Greenwood and Beech Grove – that locked up last week in a tense duel that went five sets.
The Woodmen and host Hornets divided the first two sets, and then each team won a set by two points, before Greenwood came from behind to grab the finale 17-15.
The Woodmen trailed 14-11 and kept the Hornets from set and match points.
Greenwood tied it at 14 on a kill by freshman Hannah Anderson, an ace by senior Morgan D’angelo and a kill by junior Olivia Stilley. Tied at 15, the Woodmen won on Stilley’s match-high 14th kill and an out-of-bounds hit by the Hornets.
“We fought back twice against multiple game points, an extremely challenging task,” Greenwood coach Lisa Laug said. “It was one of the closest and most exciting games that I have ever coached. I was impressed with the level of play of both teams.”
Greenwood senior Samantha Short had 12 kills and 20 blocks, D’angelo had 38 digs and Stilley had 11 blocks in the team’s opener.
Beech Grove sophomore Michelle Jennings had 20 digs, and senior Katie Giller had seven kills and six blocks.
The Hornets fought back from a 24-22 deficit and won on a net serve by Greenwood, an ace by McKenzie Marschke and two out-of-bound hits by the Woodmen. Then in the fourth set, Greenwood pulled an unanswered four-point comeback to win the match after Beech Grove had led 24-22.
Lutheran opened with a sweep of Beech Grove, but the Hornets battled hard against in thseir 25-9, 25-21, 25-22 loss.
Hornet harriers second
Beech Grove’s boys cross-country team finished second to Ritter in the annual Beech Grove Invitational on Aug. 19.
Fifth-place Jason Smith and seventh-place Vilis Vuskalns led Beech Grove, which scored 64 points with teammates Tyler Netherly and Mason Darling among the top 20. Ritter placed four runners among the top five finishers in the seven-team meet.
Beech Grove’s Kylie Luna, seventh place, led the Hornets in the girls 5K meet won by Mooresville.