COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Junior Emily Ehman pounded down 13 kills and senior Brie Blume added 12 kills Saturday (Oct. 11), lifting the Bloomington South volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over Perry Meridian for the championship of the Conference Indiana volleyball tournament.
Junior Ashlynn Fox contributed eight kills for the Class 4A No. 11 Panthers, who improved to 23-5 with their 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 win over the Class 4A No. 9 Falcons in the Columbus North gym.
Senior Rachel Farrar totaled 39 assists for Bloomington South, while senior Dominique Davis tallied 10 digs and Blume notched seven digs. Senior Claire Dennis was a defensive force in the middle with five block solos.
Senior Sarah Clem paced Perry Meridian (20-7) with 10 kills and four blocks in the title match. Junior Riley Taylor produced 31 assists and eight digs for the Falcons.
In the semifinal round, Bloomington South outlasted Columbus North 3-2 and Perry Meridian blitzed Terre Haute North 3-0.
Blume uncorked 24 kills and Ehman tallied 20 kills as the Panthers took a hard-fought 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 26-28, 15-8 decision from the host Bull Dogs. Ehman contributed seven aces to the effort, while Davis provided 14 digs and Blume had 10 digs. Farrar tallied 58 assists, while Dennis had three blocks.
In the other semifinal, senior Kristin Mitchell tallied 14 kills and senior Abbey Ketchem had 12 kills as the Falcons defeated Terre Haute North 25-14, 25-19, 25-18. Senior Jenny Strack tallied 23 digs and four aces, while Ketchem netted 14 digs and Mitchell had nine digs.
Columbus North defeated Terre Haute North 25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22 in the third-place match. CN finished the day with a 19-12 record; THN dropped to 20-8.
In lower-bracket competition that determined fifth through eighth places, Bloomington North defeated Franklin Central 3-0 and Terre Haute South 3-1 to claim fifth place. Terre Haute South beat Southport 3-0 before falling to Bloomington North for sixth place. Franklin Central topped Southport 3-1 in the seventh-place match.
Their records moved as follows -- Bloomington North to 16-13, Terre Haute South to 17-9, Franklin Central to 18-10 and Southport to 5-21.
CONFERENCE INDIANA VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Lower Bracket at Columbus North (Oct. 11)
Bloomington North d. Franklin Central 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-22)
Terre Haute South d. Southport 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-9)
Franklin Central d. Southport 3-1 (25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 25-15), seventh place
Bloomington North d. Terre Haute South 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 29-27, 25-22), fifth place
Upper Bracket at Columbus North (Oct. 11)
Perry Meridian d. Terre Haute North 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-18)
Bloomington South d. Columbus North 3-2 (23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 26-28, 15-8)
Columbus North d. Terre Haute North 3-1 (25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22), third place
Bloomington South d. Perry Meridian 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-23) championship
Final CI places: 1, Bloomington South; 2, Perry Meridian; 3, Columbus North; 4, Terre Haute North; 5, Bloomington North; 6, Terre Haute South; 7, Franklin Central; 8, Southport