On Saturday, the Mississinewa Indians won their third straight Grant Four title, defeating Oak Hill in four sets in the semifinal before taking down sweeping Madison-Grant in the championship match (25-23, 28-26, 25-19).
Stats from Mississinewa, Oak Hill, and Eastbrook were not readily made available, and coaches could not be reached for comment.
The Argylls began their day with a three-set sweep of Eastbrook (25-15, 25-18, 25-18). McKenna Lugar led the offense with nine kills, while Grace Holmberg and Emma Brummet each collected six. Daya Greene finished with 13 digs, while Brummet collected five aces.
However, they could not keep up their momentum in the championship match (23-25, 26-28, 19-25).
“We saw a lot of different things,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Kayla Jump said. “We are trying to work on some things we are struggling on, and on some of those, I thought we did a little bit better, but obviously not good enough. We are battling a couple of injuries, and once again, [we made too many] mistakes. Teams aren’t earning points – we are giving them to them. That’s the most frustrating thing that has been going on these last two weeks.”
Lexi Baney got her first extended varsity action and put together an excellent performance, leading the Madison-Grant offense with nine kills. Alia Whitton led the Argylls in assists (27) and digs (14), while Lugar recorded three aces.
Now, the Argylls attention turns to the sectional, where they will face either Tipton or Blackford in the semifinal round.
“Our girls need to mentally stay focused on what we need to do,” Jump said. “It really doesn’t come down to who we play – it’s what we do. I absolutely love our kids and believe in them and everything they do. I’m positive that they’ll figure out what their issues are within themselves [in order]to prevail.”