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 Spikers Lose Tough One

September 24, 2008 - On Monday night, Knightstown lost a hard fought, marathon volleyball match to Class 4A New Palestine. The Lady Panthers played one of their best matches of the year, eventually losing 18-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21, 11-15.

“We were so close to finishing New Palestine off tonight, but the ball just didn't go our way,” coach Chris Underwood said. “Our team has finally realized that the more we attack, the better we are, and that showed tonight. Our blocking was the best it has been all year and that really helped us.”

Knightstown was led by freshman Michelle Hochstedler, who had a career high 14 kills, while senior Alexis Marsh had 10. Haley Cruse led in digs with 19, while Crystal Heim added 17 digs. Brandi Lightner had another solid night with 16 assists, 13 points, including five aces, and six kills. Hannah Jackson also played well, adding seven kills, 14 assists, two solo and six assist blocks. Marsh added three solo and four assist blocks.

Knightstown is now 6-15 on the season with a match at Cambridge City Lincoln on Thursday.


Last Thursday the Knightstown varsity volleyball team lost its first conference match of the season to Shenandoah, 15-25, 24-26, 11-25.

Knightstown was led by Brandi Lightner and Alexis Marsh, who had five kills each, while Crystal Heim led in digs with 18.

On Saturday, the varsity Lady Panthers finished third in the Knightstown Invitational, compiling a 3-1 record on the day. The Lady Panthers started the day with a 14-25, 20-25 loss to Class A 8th-ranked Randolph Southern.

Knightstown then rebounded with a 20-25, 25-23, 15-10 victory over class 4A Anderson Highland, before completing pool play with a 25-7, 25-11 victory over Indianapolis Howe.

In crossover competition, Knightstown defeated Milan 25-21, 25-23 to secure third place. “My girls finally put it together today,” coach Underwood said. “We have been improving over the past few weeks, but we couldn't get over the hump and put teams away. I am so proud of the way they continued to fight and finished Anderson Highland and Milan off.”

Senior Crystal Heim and junior Haley Cruse were named to the All-Tournament team after both posted very good back row games. Knightstown was led on the day by Heim, who had 31 digs. Michelle Hochstedler had 19 kills, and Hannah Jackson had 13 service aces. Cruse added 22 digs, Alexis Marsh added 13 kills, and Brandi Lightner had a solid day with 10 kills, five aces, and 11 digs.


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