Your hometown GDCI senior girls volleyball team traveled to Owen Sound on Saturday, Jan. 12 to take a shot at the ‘Queens of the North’ volleyball title.
Eight members of the team made the trip and the tournament consisted of eleven senior girls teams.
Throughout the eight hours of volleyball played, the Viking Ladies beat the St. Mary’s Mustangs, John Diefenbaker Trojans (2x), the Kincardine Knights, Owen Sound Wolves and FE Madill Mustangs to be crowned Gold Medal Champions. Libero Shea Frayne could ‘pass on a dime’ whenever needed and Left-Side Trinity McMichael racked up many kills throughout the day.
Kylie Kroll, Neeliah Lewis, Chelsea Virtanen-Murphy and Erin Hastie all took turns at left-side and middle throughout the day and proved that they can all play just about anywhere. Setter Sarah Strickland made smart choices and never let the ball hit the ground without a fight.
Lethal serves and sets by Miranda Millian helped the team achieve the gold medal standard. Missing from the tournament were middles Hailey Johnston, Nat VanNie and Lily Zondag.
Your Vikings resumed play this week with games against Exeter and St. Mikes before taking a break to knock their exams out of the park.
The block-panchayat level volleyball tournament organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra will begin on January 26. Affiliated clubs can participate in the tournament to be held at Mundakkal. For registration, contact 04952-461197.
VERSAILLES – The choice came down to three schools for Versailles senior Kelsey Custenborder. In the end, she chose the one where she felt most at home.
Custenborder will continue playing volleyball at Heidelberg University.
“I am super excited,” Custenborder said of her choice. “The coaching staff and the campus in general reminds me a lot of Versailles, and the coaches remind me of both volleyball and basketball just in that they preach hard work and grit and everything, so I am really excited for that.”
Heidelberg is an NCAA Division III school that competes in the Ohio Athletic Conference and is located in Tiffin, Ohio. The volleyball program has experienced recent success having winning records in each of the last four years including trips to the NCAA Division III regional tournament in both 2015 and 2016. The Student Princes also were the OAC tournament champions in 2015.
Custenborder is no stranger to success on the volleyball court, as well as on the basketball court. She helped lead the Lady Tigers to a second straight Division III state volleyball championship back in November, and was a varsity player with last year’s Division III state runner-up girls basketball team. She is currently in basketball season with the Lady Tigers where she is averaging 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. In her senior volleyball season, Custenborder led all of Darke County with 762 assists. She also had 158 digs, 28 kills, 27 blocks and 24 ace serves.
“Kelsey was a great leader by example this year and took on a role as a vocal leader as well,” said Kenzie Bruggeman, Versailles’ volleyball coach. “She has always had great determination and work ethic during both off season and in season. She was so fun to coach and I can’t wait for her to experience college volleyball.”
Custenborder said she believes she will be a good fit at Heidelberg.
“I am a setter and they recruited me for setting, but they have a senior setter right now,” Custenborder said. “Hopefully I will be on varsity, but maybe JV the first year. I just want to play volleyball.”
Custenborder visited both Bluffton University and Thomas More College before deciding on Heidelberg.
“I had it narrowed down to those three, but when I went on campus at Heidelberg it just felt right,” Custenborder said. “It felt like home. It was a hard choice because Thomas More is where my parents went. That is where they met, but it just felt right when I was at Heidelberg and they have a great business program and business administration is what I am studying.
“Heidelberg is not too terribly far about two hours so close for family to come watch,” she continued. “The process was really fun and getting to know all the coaches I talked to. Then I went to an overnight visit at Heidelberg to get to know the players so it has just been really fun. You just get a good feel of the campus with all the students there and you get to interact with them and get to know them which made knowing you are going to spend the next four years there really cool.”
Custenborder said she is unsure what she wants to do with the business administration degree at this point, but is leaning toward either insurance sale or marketing.
“My mom owns a promotional product business so I don’t know if I want to take that over yet or if I want to go into sales.”
Versailles senior Kelsey Custenborder recently signed her letter of intent to continue playing volleyball at Heidelberg University. Kelsey (seated in center) is pictured with her parents Pat Custenborder (left) and Kim Custenborder (right). Standing (left to right) are Versailles head volleyball coach Kenzie Bruggeman and varsity assistant coach Liz McNeilan.
Lady Tiger senior excited about decision
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Davide Gardini (center) swings for a kill. He had 11 kills and a career-high four aces against Saint Francis on Saturday.
No. 4 BYU men’s volleyball recorded nine aces in a sweep (25-21, 25-15, 25-18) over Saint Francis on Saturday at DeGol Arena, just 13 hours after finishing a five-set match on Friday night against Penn State.
“When we decided to change this match from the evening to the morning, we talked to the team about our mindset and approach to dealing with change,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “I am very happy with our team’s focus considering the quick turnaround after a long match last night.”
Freshman Davide Gardini led the Cougars with 11 kills on a .526 hitting percentage, in addition to a career and match-high four aces. Setter Wil Stanley contributed 27 assists and matched his season high with three aces. Miki Jauhiainen and Branden Oberender each had four blocks, with Oberender also adding a career-high seven kills to his stat line.
With the quick turnaround between matches, Olmstead went with Taylor Richards at libero to give Zach Hendrickson a rest, and 11 Cougars saw the floor during the three-set match.
The match started out close, with the teams tied at eight early in the first set. BYU was able to pull away, however, and an ace from Stanley gave the Cougars their largest lead, 20-13. The Red Flash brought it back within three, 23-20, before the Cougars won it, 25-21, on a kill from Gardini.
BYU led the entire second set. A serving hot streak gave the Cougars their first double-digit lead, 21-11, after back-to-back aces from Gardini and another one from Alex Ah Sue. BYU was able to maintain the 10-point advantage, going on to win the set, 25-15.
In the third set, BYU elected to rest several of its starters, giving some of the younger Cougars, such as Ah Sue and Oberender, a chance to prove themselves. The team was able to continue its lead, and a block by Oberender put BYU up by six, 19-13. Three service errors by the Red Flash late in the set allowed BYU to pull away, and a block by Ah Sue sealed the victory, 25-18.
With the win, BYU improves to 4-0 on the season, while Saint Francis drops to 3-1. The Cougars have a two-week break before heading to California for back-to-back matches against UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 1 and 2. Links for live stats can be found on the men’s volleyball schedule page.
Men’s volleyball SID at BYU Athletic Communications. San Antonio, Texas native. News Media major at BYU.
There was plenty of excitement around the nation Friday with six five-set matches in NCAA men’s volleyball. No. 4 BYU defeated Penn State at Rec Hall in five, including three deuce sets. No. 7 Loyola gave No. 5 Pepperdine its first loss, a five-setter in Chicago. No. 12 UC Santa Barbara won a tough away five-setter against No. 14 Ball State. No. 10 CSU Northridge recovered from an 0-2 deficit to beat No. 13 Purdue Fort Wayne. The Conference Carolina’s Barton College also came back from 0-2 to defeat the No. 15 Grand Canyon University. North Greenville defeated Life University in the sixth five-setter of the night. All those recaps to follow, but first, Saturday’s schedule.
Saturday’s most anticipated contest is a rematch of the 2018 championship as top-ranked Long Beach State goes to No. 6 UCLA. Last time the two teams met at Pauley Pavilion, Long Beach claimed the championship in five sets.
At the Grow the Game Challenge in Lebanon, Tennessee, DIII Bluefield faces the MCVL’s Fontbonne, independent Lincoln Memorial plays Conference Carolina’s Limestone, the NAIA’s Cumberland faces Fontbonne, the MPSF’s USC will face ConfCarolina’s Barton, and the MIVA’s Grand Canyon plays the MIVA’s Lindenwood.
Ohio State of the MIVA plays host to the Conference Carolina’s Erskine.
Penn State heads to Saint Francis in an EIVA matchup.
In the Conference Carolinas, Emmanuel takes on DIII Brewton-Parker.
Penn State (1-2) took No. 4 BYU (3-0) the distance, but the Cougars came up winners 25-22, 25-27, 28-26, 25-19, 15-13. Gabi Garcia Fernandez played big for BYU with a season-high 27 kills, two aces, and five blocks, while Davide Gardini had 17 kills, an ace, three blocks, two assists, and 11 digs.
Wil Stanley set BYU to a .328 percentage to the Nittany Lions’ .259.
Penn State was led by Matthew McLaren with 16 kills and five digs.
No. 7 Loyola (4-1) used home court advantage to give No. 5 Pepperdine (4-1) its first loss of the season 17-25, 26-24, 25-17, 22-25, 15-9. Will Tischler had 20 kills, one block, one ace, and 12 digs for the Ramblers, while Collin Mahan scored 18 digs, five blocks, one ace, and 12 digs. Loyola outhit the Waves .328 to .273.
David Wieczorek paced Pepperdine, hitting .354 with 21 kills, six blocks, and five digs.
No. 12 UC Santa Barbara (4-3) defeated No. 14 Ball State (2-4) at home in yet another five-setter, 22-25, 25-18, 25-15, 15-25, 15-13. Corey Chavers led the Gauchos with 21 kills, three aces, four digs and two blocks. Haotian Xia wasn’t far behind with 18 kills, two aces, five digs, one assist, and two blocks.
The Cardinal’s Kaleb Jenness led his team with 22 kills, an assist, an ace, and five digs while hitting .410.
No. 10 CSU Northridge (5-1) came back from an 0-2 deficit to beat No. 13 Purdue Fort Wayne (4-1) 17-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-11. Three Matadors were in double figures as Dimitar Kalchev scored 15 kills and 12 digs, Ksawery Tomsia had 14 kills, 3 blocks, and an ace, and Daniel Wetter had 13 kills, two aces, and four blocks.
Pelegrin Vargas led all scorers as the Mastodon had 23 kills, five blocks, and an ace.
No. 8 Lewis (5-1) swept UC San Diego (2-3) 25-19, 25-11, 25-12 at home. Ryan Coenen led the Flyers with 12 kills, four blocks, and an ace, while Connor Pallman finished with eight kills and seven blocks.
The Tritons hit a season-low .011 with 25 kills and 24 errors. Sophomore Wyatt Harrison tallied eight kills, four digs, and a block to lead UCSD.
George Mason (4-1) snapped a 16-match losing streak to No. 11 Ohio State (2-3) 25-22, 19-25, 25-21, 25-11. The Patriots’ Hayden Wagner hit .303, with 17 kills, one ace, two digs, and a block. George Mason committed ten serving errors to Ohio State’s 21.
The Buckeyes’ opposite Jake Hanes led all scorers with 19 kills, three digs and 1.5 blocks while hitting .389.
At the Grow the Game Challenge in Lebanon, Tenessee, Lindenwood (1-2) swept Limestone (0-1) 25-21, 25-18, 25-19. Connor Hipelius led Lindenwood with a .882 hitting percentage, 15 kills, one ace, one dig and two blocks.
Conference Carolina’s Barton College (1-2) overcame a two-set deficit to beat the MIVA’s Grand Canyon (3-3) 27-29, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-13. The Mandilaris brothers were key, as Angelos scored 24 points on 19 kills, two aces, nine digs and three blocks, while Vasilis tallied 20 points on 12 kills, an ace, six digs, and two blocks.
DIII Bluefield College (1-1) swept first-year NAIA Cumberland (0-1) 25-17, 25-20, 25-22 as Alberto Chiaparini contributed 12 kills, eight blocks, and three digs for the Rams.
In the last match of Friday’s Grow the Game challenge, the MPSF’s USC (3-1) swept independent Lincoln Memorial (3-1) 25-22, 25-20, 25-23. Ryan Moss led all scorers with a .571 percentage, 14 kills, an ace, an assist, five digs, and two blocks.
The EIVA’s Charleston (3-2) got a home win against the Conference Carolina’s King (1-3) 25-16, 25-19, 25-27, 25-22. Max Senica led Charleston with 19 kills, 10 digs, three blocks, and two aces.
ConfCarolina’s Erskine (1-4) defeated the NAIA’s Cincinnati Christian (0-1) in their opener 25-13, 25-10, 25-13.
Independent Queens University (1-4) swept ConfCarolina foe Lees-McRae (1-2) 25-20, 25-13, 25-15. The Royals’ Tristan Santoyo had 12 kills and two aces to lead his team.
The Conference Carolina’s North Greenville (2-3) won their first home match against the NAIA’s Life University (2-1) 22-25, 25-21, 25-20, 22-25, 15-10. NGU hit .232 to the Running Eagles’ .252. Jackson Gilbert led NGU with 20 kills, while Livan Moreno tallied 29 for Life.