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 7th Grade Volleyball Team Gets Two Wins

October 3, 2007 - Knightstown’s seventh grade volleyball team improved its record to 6-4 on the season with wins over Tri High and Rushville, and lost to Shenandoah in the Henry County Tournament over the weekend.

The Lady Panthers advanced in the first round of the county tourney with a three-game win over the Lady Titans, 25-24, 25-14 and 15-8.

Knightstown got 14 aces from six different servers, led by five from Baylie Hochstedler, who finished with 16 service points. Taylor Hardeman had 12 points on three aces and added three defensive digs in the contest.

“Serving was one of our strong points in this match,” Knightstown Coach Cindy Hammer said. “We had a balanced group of servers, and the girls worked a lot harder at not letting the ball drop to the floor. We started to see how scrappy we could be as a team, and of course, it showed in the final score.”

Allison St. John had three service aces, while Jody Cash, Reasha Steinmetz and Jamie LaFord added one apiece. Madysen Smith had two defensive digs, and Katy Driesbach added one dig.


Shenandoah won the county tournament with a 25-20, 25-11 victory over the Lady Panthers in the championship.

“We made a lot of errors in this match that we haven’t made since the first week of games,” Hammer said. “I think the girls took too long to wake up and it was over before they knew it. I think we will play a better match against Shenandoah next week (Oct. 10) when we play them again.”

Taylor Hardeman and Allison St. John served up the only aces in the match for the Lady Panthers. Baylie Hochstedler and St. John had two defensive digs apiece. Madysen Smith registered the only kill in the match for Knightstown.


After a slow start, Knightstown rebounded to knock off Rushville 20-25, 25-12 and 15-11. The Lady Panthers got three aces apiece from Allison St. John and Taylor Hardeman. Jessica Goodman and Katy Driesbach both had kills, while Driesbach also served up a pair of aces.

“Tonight we started out very slow and couldn’t adjust to their serving,” Hammer said. “The girls worked really hard to get back in the game, so I knew they could win the second game. We had much better serve reception in the third game, and that made the difference.”

The girls host Mt. Vernon Thursday, and entertain Greenfield-Central on Monday. They get their rematch with Shenandoah on Oct. 10.


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