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Oct 19,2015
Indians sweep Norse on senior night

2015 Record 27-4

Mississinewa volleyball team played through the emotions of Senior Night to come away with a straight-set victory over Northfield on Monday at Gas City.

The Indians finished their regular season at 27-4 after a 25-20, 25-8, 25-16 victory over the Norse. Monday was Senior Night and players Megan Elliott, Kristi Elson, Taylor Ludlow, Hanna McClure and Sarah Osborne were honored before the match.

The five of us have been playing together since middle school so tonight was kind of amazing that it was the end of our volleyball regular season as seniors, Elliott said. Tonight was full of emotion, but we had to play through it.

The seniors have helped the Indians win three Grant Four championships and two Central Indiana Conference championships and also other tournament championships during their career.

It has been awesome to play volleyball with this group of girls, Osborne said. We all just really mesh well together. We all know how to play well together on the court and we all know how to act when we are in different moods. I know that we will be friends even after volleyball and even after high school.

Mississinewa coach Rachel Roesch said the seniors have played a big part in the Indians recent success.

This is a very special group of young ladies and they are going to be big shoes to fill, for sure, Roesch said.

The seniors played a big part in leading the Indians to victory. Osborne had 37 assists. McClure had 12 kills and Elliott had 13 digs. Ludlow and McClure had one ace and McClure had two blocks.

Mississinewa had to rally from an early third-set deficit to complete the sweep.

After four straight service points from Ava Smith, Northfield had a 10-4 lead in the third set. With Northfield leading 13-9, Shelby Goble had three straight service points and after an Erika Foy kill the Indians cut the Norse lead to 13-12.

With Northfield leading 14-13, Ludlow served up nine straight points and after an Elson kill the Indians took a 22-14 lead. With Missisinewa leading 23-16, Elliott had back-to-back kills to end the match.

The Indians survived a late Northfield rally to win the opening set.

With the opening set tied 11-11, the Indians scored seven of the next eight points and after four straight service points from McClure had an 18-12 lead. McClure had an ace and Osborne had two kills during McClures four straight service points.

Northfield, however, rallied and scored eight of the next 10 points and after a Mississinewa service error had cut the Indian lead to 22-20. Abigail Poole had five service points during that stretch. Seeing their lead cut to two points, however, McClure put down a kill to put the Indians up 23-20, then Elson had two straight service points to end the set.

The Indians then came out and scored 17 of the first 18 points of the second set and after eight straight service points from Goble had a 17-1 lead. The Indians never looked back from there, cruising to the second-set victory.

Mississinewa won the JV match 18-25, 25-8, 15-4. Kenzie Skeens had 26 assists. Emily Taylor had 10 kills. Cassidy Eck had 21 digs. Mallory Sands had two aces and Halle Planck had three blocks.

Mississinewa opens play in the Class 3A Sectional at Norwell 6 p.m. Thursday against Norwell.

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Oct 17,2015

Mississinewa volleyball team split games at the Wes-Del Invitational this morning losing 3-2 to a tough Blackhawk Christian and then beating South Adams 3-0.

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Oct 15,2015
Indians secure second place in CIC - 2015 Record 25-3

The Mississinewa volleyball team was able to wrap up second place in the Central Indiana Conference on Thursday night, but it did not come without a challenge from Oak Hill.

The Indians won 25-15, 25-13, 25-14 to move to 25-3 overall and finish 6-1 in the CIC. The Indians took second place in the conference to Alexandria, which won with a perfect 7-0 mark.

Oak Hill dropped to 9-18 overall and finished 3-4 in the CIC.

I thought Oak Hill played great tonight, I was very impressed with them, Mississinewa coach Rachel Roesch said. They were very scrappy tonight and they caught us on our heels a couple of times.

Oak Hill only trailed 12-11 midway through the first set. The Eagles were only down 12-10 midway through the second set. They cut an 11-4 deficit to 13-8 in the third set.

I thought we came out and played very well and were very scrappy, Oak Hill coach Alyssa Kreitl said. I might have liked us to be a little more vocal, but overall we played well. Especially the seniors played well tonight.

Thursday was Senior Night for Oak Hill players Serena Clock, Christina Webb, Toni Lautzenheiser and Anne Wilson.

Oak Hill and Mississinewa had just met last Saturday at the Grant Four Meet with the Indians winning 25-4, 25-15, 25-13. The match turned out to be much closer on Thursday.

With Mississinewa having the 12-11 lead in the first set, the Indians scored seven of the next eight points to extend their lead to 18-12 after Kristi Elsons third straight service point. The Eagles got no closer than five points in the first set.

With Mississinewa leading 12-10 in the second set, the Indians scored six of the next seven points to take an 18-11 lead after Elson’s kill on Shelby Goble’s third straight service point. Lautzenheisers block brought Oak Hill within 18-12, but the Eagles would get no closer than six points in the second set.

The Indians came out strong in the third set, with Elson serving four straight points – the last of those an ace – to put the Indians up 11-4. Starting with an Auja Smith kill, the Eagles scored four of the next six points to get within 13-8 after an Indian service error. The advantage would remain at five points at 15-10 before Mississinewa scored four of the next five points to go ahead 19-11 after Hanna McClure’s kill.

The Eagles would get no closer than seven points the rest of the third set.

Megan Elliott led Mississinewa with 11 kills. Elson had 17 digs. Elson had two aces and two blocks. Sarah Osborne had 28 assists.

Webb had six kills and Lautzenheiser had five kills for Oak Hill. Lautzenhesier had 15 digs. Webb and Kristin Dubois had 12 digs. Clock had 11 digs. Clock had nine assists.

Mississinewa won the JV match 24-25, 25-23, 15-11. Kenzie Skeens had 30 assists. Halle Planck had 15 kills. Mallory Sands had 15 digs. Cassidy Eck had two aces. Planck had four blocks.

Mississinewa plays in the Wes-Del Invitational on Saturday. Oak Hill plays at Lakeland Christian Academy on Saturday.

Oct 12,2015
Mississinewa Lady Indians Volleyball team sweeps Eastern 2-0 in the JV contest and 3-0 at the Varsity level! - 2015 Record 24-3

Oct 10,2015
Indians defend Grant Four volleyball championship - 2015 Record 23-3

The Mississinewa volleyball team completed its goal of winning a third straight Grant Four championship on Saturday at Mississinewa.

The Indians beat Oak Hill 25-4, 25-15, and 25-13 in the opening round and Madison-Grant 25-22, 17-25, 25-17, 25-17 in the championship to win the championship.

The girls were really wanting this three-peat and this was on our season goals Mississinewa coach Rachel Roesch said.

The Indians moved to 23-3 on the season with the pair of wins.

Roesch said blocking was a main strength that helped the Indians win the championship.

After winning the opening set and dropping the second set to Madison-Grant, Roesch was pleased with the way her team played the final two sets.

We just had too many unforced errors in that second set, Roesch said. And their setter did a great job of putting the ball where we were not. But after that second set, I felt like we adjusted well.

Sarah Osborne had 79 assists for the day. Hanna McClure and Megan Elliott both had 21 kills. Shelby Goble had 22 digs.

Kristi Elson had four aces and McClure had four blocks.

Oct 8,2015
Indians beat Frankton - 2015 Record 21-3

The Indians improved to 21-3 overall and 5-1 in the Central Indiana Conference after a 25-13, 25-12, 26-24 win over the Eagles. Sarah Osborne had 37 assists. Erika Foy had 12 kills. Hanna McClure had 14 digs. Taylor Ludlow had four aces and McClure had two blocks.

Mississinewa won the JV match 25-16, 25-9. Kenzie Skeens had 24 assists. Halle Planck had 11 kills. Emily Taylor had five digs. Madison Stanley had six aces and Planck had 2.5 blocks. .

Oct 5,2015
Mississinewa volleyball team gets 19th win of season - 2015 Record 19-3

Mississinewa Volleyball Lady Indians beat Pendelton 25-22 every set to win 3-0! Sarah Osborne had 42 assists, Megan Elliott & Kristi Elson 12 kills, Sarah Osborne 12 digs, Kristi Elson 2 aces, and Hannah McClure 2 blocks.

Mississinewa volleyball team gets 18th win of season - 2015 Record 18-3

The Mississinewa volleyball team moved to 18-3 overall and 3-1 in the Central Indiana Conference after a 25-7, 25-12, 25-22 victory at Elwood on Wednesday.

Sarah Osborne had 29 assists. Megan Elliott had 13 kills. Kristi Elson had 10 digs and two aces. Shelby Goble had two aces. Hanna McClure had three blocks.

Indian volleyball team moves to 17-2 on the season - 2015 Record 17-2

The Mississinewa volleyball team moved to 17-2 on the season after Thursday’s 25-12, 25-6, 25-16 win at Marion.

Sarah Osborne had 31 assists. Megan Elliott had nine digs. Kristi Elson had 14 kills. Erika Foy had three aces and Hanna McClure had two blocks.

Mississinewa won the JV match 25-11, 25-20, Kenzie Skeens had 22 assists. Madison Stanley had four digs. Emily Taylor had 10 kills. Skeens, Mallory Sands and Cassidy Eck had two aces.

Tigers take spike from Indians - 2015 Record 16-2

For the first time since 2013, the Mississinewa volleyball team won’t have the Central Indiana Conference spike.

The Indians took over the spike after beating Madison-Grant in five sets at Mississinewa in 2013. The Indians had won every conference match since that point until Tuesday when Class 2A, No. 1-ranked Alexandria defeated Mississinewa 25-18, 25-23, 25-23 at Gas City.

The Tigers moved to 14-0 on the season, while the Indians dropped to 16-2 overall and 2-1 in the CIC.

“Right after we won our county tournament, we had talked that this was our biggest match of the year before sectional because this was for the conference,” Alexandria coach Jeff Harmon said. “We knew they had already beat Madison-Grant, so for us to have a chance to win or share the conference championship, we would have to win this match. And they had beat us up the past couple of years because they have had a good team.”

Sophomore Megan Miller led the Alexandria offense with 30 kills. Harmon, however, said it was the blocks or touches the Tigers got on the Indian hits that were the biggest difference in the match.

The Tigers had to rally to win the third set.

Alexandria had a 17-15 lead in the third set before Mississinewa scored five straight points to take a 20-17 lead after a Tiger hitting error. Mississinewa had a 23-20 lead after Kristi Elson’s ace, but Alexandria finished the match on a 5-0 run. Down 23-21, Brenner served the final four points of the match. Miller had three kills during that stretch, including the final two of the match.

“We kind of bent but didn’t break in that set,” Harmon said. “And that is something that we have done a good job with all year.”

Alexandria jumped to a 14-4 lead in the opening set. Mississinewa rallied to score eight straight points to cut the gap to 14-12 after seven straight service points from Elson, the last of those an ace.

That would be as close as the Indians would get. Leading 21-17, the Tigers scored four of the final five points of the first set, the last of those coming on a Miller kill.

Alexandria had a 19-15 lead in the second set before Mississinewa scored four straight points to tie the game 19-19 after an Alexandria hitting error. Mississinewa had late leads of 22-21 and 23-22, but a Miller kill tied the second set 23-23. Another Miller kill put the Tigers up 24-23 and an ace from Grace Greener ended the second set.

“We came out flat, but other than that first set we stayed right there competitive with them in the second and third sets,” Mississinewa coach Rachel Roesch said. “Alexandria has just got a great team and we got beat tonight.”

Miller had 21 digs and two blocks along with her 30 kills. Mackenzie McCarty had 29 assists and five digs. Blaine Kelly had nine kills and six digs.

Sarah Osborne had 23 assists and 13 digs for Mississinewa. Hanna McClure had 10 kills. Megan Elliott and Taylor Walker had two blocks. Elson had three aces.

Mississinewa won the JV match 25-17, 25-14. Kenzie Skeens had 12 assists. Madison Stanley had seven digs. Stanley, Halle Planck, Emily Taylor and Cassidy Eck had three kills. Stanley and Planck had one block. Mallory Sands and Skeens had three aces.

The Mississinewa volleyball team won Saturday’s Rossville Invitational - 2015 Record 16-1
The Indians won four matches on the day, beating Maconaquah 21-25, 25-22, 15-5 in the championship match. Mississinewa beat Seeger 25-9, 25-12; Faith Christian 25-13, 25-14; and Rossville 25-3, 25-11.

Sarah Osborne had 75 assists. Kristi Elson had 31 kills. Shelby Goble had 26 digs. Hanna McClure had seven blocks and Taylor Ludlow had 12 aces.

Mississinewa is 16-1 on the season. The Indians host Class 2A, No. 2-ranked Alexandria on Tuesday.

Indians down Argylls in four sets - 2015 Record 12-1
The Mississinewa volleyball team rallied from deficits in the third and fourth sets to come away with a four-set victory over Madison-Grant in front of a packed house on Wednesday in Gas City.

The Class 3A, No. 15-ranked Indians trailed 24-22 in the third set and 24-23 in the fourth set. Mississinewa overcame each of those set points and beat Class 2A, No. 4-ranked Madison-Grant 25-16, 21-25, 27-25, 26-24.

"When we are down, we just feed off energy," Mississinewa senior Hanna McClure said. "We just focus on getting the next point and taking back control of the match. We might lose a point here or there during that time, but we get back up again."

Mississinewa beat Madison-Grant for the fifth straight time and retained the Central Indiana Conference Spike.

Mississinewa improved to 12-1 and 2-0 in the CIC. Madison-Grant dropped to 9-3 in the 1-1 in the CIC.

The third and fourth sets were down to the wire.

McClure had a block that put Mississinewa up 14-13 in the third set. The Indians had a 20-19 lead before Madison-Grant scored four of the next six points to go up 23-22 and force a Mississinewa time out. The Argylls took a 24-22 lead before a Kristi Elson kill brought the Indians within 24-23. An Argyll hitting error tied the second set 24-24.

Madison-Grant took a 25-24, but an Elson kill tied the third set. Elson then stepped back and served up the final two points. The first of those points came on a Taylor Ludlow kill that rolled over the net and found an open spot in the Madison-Grant defense. An Indian block ended the third set.

Mississinewa had a 21-16 in the fourth set before Madison-Grant made one final push. The Argylls scored five of the next six points to cut the Indian lead to 22-21. A Madison-Grant hitting error put the Indians up 23-21.

A Mississinewa service error brought the set to 23-22. A Maddie Barnhart kill tied the fourth set 23-23. An Indian hitting error put Madison-Grant up 24-23. Megan Elliott's kill tied the set 24-24. Mississinewa then took a 25-24 lead and Elson's kill ended the match.

"The girls just play point by point during those situations," Mississinewa coach Rachel Roesch said. "They do a great job of finishing."

The two teams split the first two sets.

Mississinewa scored 12 of the final 14 points of the opening set. The Indians were down 14-13 before going on the 12-2 run. Ludlow served the final six points of the opening set, three of those aces.

The second set was back-and-forth. Mississinewa had an 18-17 lead after a McClure service points. Madison-Grant took a 19-18 lead after a Sloane Stewart tip. A tip from Sarah Osborne tied the second set 19-19, but Madison-Grant scored the next two points and after an Indian hitting error had a 21-19 lead.

Madison-Grant extended that lead to 23-20 after Hannah Alcala's ace. An Erika Foy block brought Mississinewa within 23-21, but a net call on the Indians put the Argylls up three points. Stewart then served up the final point to give the Argylls the victory.

Elson led the Indians with 18 kills. Elliott had 25 digs. Ludlow had three aces. McClure had four blocks and Osborne had 39 assists.

Mallorie Havens led Madison-Grant with 20 kills. Barnhart had 17 kills and Stewart had 12 kills. Katie Ailes had 25 digs and Havens had 22 digs. Kenzie Stitt had 45 assists. Stewart had 12 blocks.

Madison-Grant won the JV match 25-16, 25-5. Mia Stewart had seven kills for Madison-Grant, while Brooke Butcher had five kills. Butcher had nine digs. Lexi Crouse had 12 assists. Butcher had three aces and Stewart had four blocks. Cassidy Eck had six digs and two assists for Mississinewa. Mallory Sands had one ace. Emily Taylor had thee kills and Kinzie Skeens had two assists.

Madison-Grant hosts Class 2A, No. 2-ranked Alexandria in the opening round of the Madison County Tournament tonight. Mississinewa plays in the Rossville Invitational on Saturday.

Mississinewa finishes runner-up at Wes-Del Invitational - 2015 Record 11-1
The Mississinewa volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season in the champonship match of the Wes-Del Invitational on Saturday.
The Indians fell to Wes-Del 27-25, 29-31, 15-10. Mississinewa is 11-1 on the season.
The Indians beat Union 25-9, 25-15; Tipton 25-13, 25-10; and Hagerstown 25-23, 25-16 to reach the championship.
For the day, Sarah Osborne had 109 assits. Erika Foy had 28 kills. Kristi Elson had 41 digs and six blocks. Taylor Ludlow had seven aces.

Indians sweep Panthers in conference opener - 2015 Record 8-0
Senior Kristi Elson gave the Mississinewa volleyball team the rally of points it was looking for during Thursday’s match at Eastbrook.

Elson stepped back and served up 15 straight points in the third set, helping the Indians extend their lead from 5-4 to 20-4. The Indians never looked back from there, coming away with a 25-19, 25-17, 25-11 victory.

The win moved the Indians to 8-0 overall and 1-0 in the Central Indiana Conference. Eastbrook dropped to 5-6 overall and 0-2 in the CIC.

An Elson kill gave the Indians a 5-4 lead in the third set. Starting with a Panther hitting error, Mississinewa won the next 15 points and after another Panther hitting error had a 20-4 lead. Megan Elliott had three kills and Hanna McClure had two kills during the stretch.

“That was just an awesome job of serving by Kristi during that stretch,” Mississinewa coach Rachel Roesch said. “She served the ball very smart.”

A Helaina Walters’ kill finally broke Elson’s serve.

The damage, however, had already been done. The Panthers got within 23-10, but Mississinewa scored two of the final three points to end the match.

“We just had that one serve receive that we could not get out of,” Eastbrook coach Erin Luthy said. “But other than that one serve receive, I felt like we fought hard and we had them on their heels on more than a couple of occasions.”

Before the 15 straight service points from Elson, the longest string of points the Indians put together was four points to open the second game. Megan Elliott had three straight service points during that stretch.

The Panthers hung with the Indians in the first and second games.

A Mississinewa hitting error brought Eastbrook within 19-16 in the opening game. A Panther hitting error followed by an Erika Foy kill put the Indians ahead 21-16. A Mississinewa hitting error brought Eastbrook within 21-17, but Mississinewa scored four of the final six points of the opening game. McClure had a kill to end the opening game.

Eastbrook was only down 22-17 late in the second game. The Indians, however, scored the final three points of the second game and after a Taylor Ludlow ace won 25-17.

“I felt like we came out flat in those first two games, but I was pleased with the way we played in the third game,” Roesch said.

Courtney Haynes led the Panthers with 10 kills. Kaley Kitts had six kills. Hayley Hutson had 10 digs and Kitts had nine digs. Haynes and Walters had one block. Kitts had 10 assists and Hutson had eight assists.

Sarah Osborne had 29 assists for Mississinewa. McClure had 13 digs. Elliott had 17 kills and Elson had two aces.

Mississinewa won the JV match 25-18, 25-18. Kenzie Skeens had 25 assists for Mississinewa. Jazzy Hoffheins and Skeens had four digs. Mallory Sands and Emily Taylor had nine kills. Cassidy Eck had three aces.

Mississinewa plays Saturday at the Wes-Del Invite.

August 27, 2015
Mississinewa volleyball team moves to 7-0 on season
The Mississinewa volleyball team moved to 7-0 on the season after a 25-13, 25-19, 25-8 win over Southern Wells.
Sarah Osborne had 22 assists and 10 digs. Erika Foy, Kristi Elson and Megan Elliott all had eight kills. Shelby Goble had three aces. Hanna McClure and Taylor Walker both had two aces.
Mississinewa won the JV match 25-19, 25-13. Kenzie Skeens had 14 assists. Emily Taylor had eight kills. Cassidy Eck and Madison Stanley had four aces. Haley Walters had three digs. Halle Planck had two blocks.

August 24, 2015
Indians remain perfect with victory over Tigers
The Mississinewa volleyball team followed up a championship at the Elwood Invitational by picking up a straight set win over Bluffton in its second home match of the season on Monday.
The Indians started slow in both games one and two, but came away with a 25-20, 25-20, 25-11 victory over the Tigers. Mississinewa, ranked No. 10 in Class 3A, improved to 6-0 on the season.
Sarah Osborne led the Indians with 31 assists. Goble had three aces. McClure had two blocks. Foy led the Indians with 11 kills. McClure and Elson both had nine digs.
Mississinewa won the JV match 25-20, 25-20. Kenzie Skeens had 15 assists. Halle Planck had five aces and three blocks. Emily Taylor had seven kills. Haley Walters had four digs.


August 22, 2015
The Mississinewa volleyball team moved to 5-0 on the season after winning four matches to defend its Elwood Invitational championship.
The Indians beat Danville 25-12, 19-25, 15-12 in the championship match. Mississinewa won its pool by beating Tipton 25-15, 25-9; Wawasee 25-16, 25-7; and Lewis Cass 25-22, 25-17. Mississinewa has won the Elwood Invitational three out of the last four years.
Sarah Osborne finished the invitational with 89 assists. Kristi Elson had 13 aces and 23 digs. Megan Elliott had 26 kills. Erika Foy had 18 kills.
Hanna McClure had 23 digs and seven blocks. Taylor Walker had four blocks. Shelby Goble had 19 digs and Taylor Ludlow had 15 digs.
The team was ranked this past week #10 in their IHSAA class before taking their record to 5-0.

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