The New Palestine volleyball team won the Lawrence Central Invitational title Saturday morning, the Dragons’ second straight championship in the event.
The Dragons swept three matches on the day to win the round-robin tournament. The Dragons beat Culver Academy 25-12, 25-14 in the opening match. Mia Long had 11 kills on 16 attempts with no errors, while also helping lead the defense with six digs. Allison Dennemann had six kills, two aces, two block assists and seven digs. Audrey Edwards had four kills, three aces and eight digs. Lydia Jones added five digs, while Kara Morris had 22 assists.
NP then beat Heritage Christian 25-12, 25-21. Dennemann had 10 kills and seven digs, while Long had five kills and 13 digs. Jordan Brittsan had four kills and two blocks, while Morris had 16 assists and seven digs and Jones had 11 digs and an ace.
That set up a match for the title between the Dragons and Lawrence Central – which had also won its first two matches.The Dragons dispatched the Bears 25-15, 25-15 to clinch the championship, and sweep the day by winning all six sets.Against LC, Dennemann had a double-double with 11 digs and 13 kills. Long had seven kills and nine digs. Maddie Wampner had four aces and three digs. Jones had two aces and three digs, while Morris had 20 assists.
We had a great showing today sweeping all three teams. It was a total team effort. I feel like we are getting into rhythm. Things are starting to come together for us. When one player was struggling some else would step it. It was nice to see.
The Dragons are now 5-1 on the season. They return home Tuesday to face Zionsville, followed by matches at Warren Central on Wednesday and at Greenfield-Central on Thursday.
“We had a great showing today, sweeping all three teams,” coach Kelli Whitaker said. “It was a total team effort. I feel like we are getting into rhythm. Things are starting to come together for us. When one player was struggling some else would step it. It was nice to see. We have a big week ahead, with Zionsville, WC and G-C. Three big tests for us.”