WASHINGTON TWP. | It took four sets, but the South Central Satellites successfully defended their Porter County Conference volleyball tournament title with a 26-24, 25-14, 16-25, 25-19 victory over Washington Township.
"We played smart, and the team did what they had to do," Satellite coach Ashley Rinker said. "We all believed in them."
The Satellites first defeated Kouts in four sets in the semi-final matchup, and Washington Township beat Boone Grove 25-9, 25-19, 25-16.
The Satellites (25-2) had a close first set in the championship game, but split the next two to send the game into a fourth set.
"We definitely didn't want to lose," Stephanie Balon said, who had 18 kills in the victory. "This (the fourth set) was the chance to show what South Central means."
Aimee Hanna had 17 kills during the game. "It was nice to win it all, and we had to play hard to do it," she said.
It is the second straight year South Central has won the PCC volleyball tournament.
"It shows that we are starting to build a program," Rinker said. "It's a great win, and it's the first time all season we've put together a full win."
Lauren Chambers led the Senators (21-9) with 20 kills, while Vicky Flanders added 16 in the loss.
Both teams will be playing next week at the sectional volleyball tournament.
"It's up to us to believe (that we can keep winning)," Balon said. "Hopefully we'll keep the momentum going."