COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Freshman Catie Baird produced 11 kills, four aces, two blocks and 11 digs Tuesday evening (Aug. 25) to lift the Perry Meridian volleyball team to a 3-1 victory at Columbus North.
Sophomore Saddie Hill added seven kills and nine blocks for the Falcons, who took the Conference Indiana East Division season-opener by a 25-13, 25-10, 20-25, 25-11 score. Senior Riley Taylor contributed 36 assists for PM.
Senior Avery Wendel paced the attack for Columbus North (1-3, 0-1), tallying eight kills and 12 digs. Junior Maliah Howard-Bass chipped in five kills and 16 assists, while junior Hannah Weaver notched five kills.
Senior Hannah McKinney provided 10 assists, while freshman Agustina Fainguersch had two blocks and freshman Maddy Sebahar tallied 13 digs.
"Perry Meridian is a very talented team," CN coach Caitlin Greiner said. "There were times of greatness I saw out of us and times in need of improvement. It is not how we hoped to start out the season, but I look forward to us learning from this and improving."
The teams split the sub-varsity matches.
Perry Meridian rallied for a win at the JV level 23-25, 25-13, 15-8. Junior Imani Guy notched six kills, while sophomore Katie McAninch had three kills and four aces for Columbus North (0-2). Sophomore Sidney Roese had 10 digs, while freshman Lily Meyercord provided six assists and four digs.
The Bull Dogs won the freshman match 25-14, 25-22. Natalie Lucas posted a team-best 10 kills, while Thais Oehninger was 10-of-10 serving with two aces as the CN rookies improved to 1-2.
Columbus North returns to action on Thursday (Aug. 27) when it hosts Heritage Christian. Freshman and JV matches begin at 6 p.m., and the varsity follows the JV about 7 p.m.