2017-2018 Varsity Volleyball Schedule

Varsity Volleyball 2017
Coaches:  Jason Watson (Head Coach); Rebecca Brandes (JV Coach); Courtney Gilman (Freshman Coach); Kaleigh Ensley (Volunteer Coach)

Seniors Junior Sophomores Freshmen
Kylee Lauderbaugh (4)
Skye Richards (6)
Madison Wood (12)
Gabby Cooper (7)
Shelbi Corlett (1)
Molly Fisher (9)
Alliyah Hochstedler (8)
Shelby Hopkins (2)
Chiara Minor (5)
Ellie Trine (3)
Asijah Miller (10)  n/a

Date Opponent Time Score
Aug. 10 Scrimmage - Clinton Prairie (T) 6:00 pm  
Aug. 15 Western (T) 6:00 pm (L) 3-2
Aug. 17 Westfield (T) 5:30 pm (L) 3-0
Aug. 19 KHS Invite (H) 9:00 am Kokomo went 1-3 in the 9-team tournament.
Frankfort beat Kokomo 25-17, 25-17
Warsaw beat Kokomo 25-15, 25-16
Kokomo beat Lighthouse Christian 25-6, 25-4
Richmond beat Kokomo 25-16, 25-14
Aug. 22 Eastern (T) 6:00 pm (L) 3-2
Aug. 24 McCutcheon (H) 5:30 pm (L) 3-0
Aug. 29 Elwood (T) 6:00 pm (W) 3-1
The VolleyKats were in Elwood Tuesday to take on the Lady Panthers. The Ladies in Red and Blue came away with the four-set win 25-16, 21-25, 25-19, 26-24.

After struggling with first serves in the second set, the Lady Kats pulled it together to get the road win. Our girls still had periods of uncertainty and
inconsistent play, but found enough confidence to make plays when it counted. Our improved block-and-attack was a big factor in the win.

Gabby Cooper led our much more balanced attack with 14 kills, five digs, and two blocks. Chiara Minor totaled 12 kills and three blocks, while Madison Wood downed nine kills and five blocks opposite Minor in the MB position. 

Alliyah Hochstedler garnered eight kills, seven digs, and three aces. Senior Skye Richards saw her first action of the season and tallied five kills and four
digs. Setter Kylee Lauderbaugh passed out 48 assists and added two kills and two aces, and Molly Fisher dug 11 balls and served three aces. Ellie Trine had six digs, and Shelbi Corlett and Shelby Hopkins both made contributions passing from the back row.
​Coach Watson
Aug. 31 Marion (H) 6:00 pm (W) 3-0
Alliyah Hochstedler led the attack with 10 kills, four digs, and two blocks. Hochstedler hit an impressive .360 on the evening.

Gabby Cooper floored nine kills, served six aces, and had a match high 19 digs. Chiara Minor had eight kills and three blocks. Madison Wood and Skye Richards both had four kills and three digs. Kylee Lauderbaugh passed out 36 assists and dug up nine balls, Molly Fisher had nine digs, and Ellie Trine added four digs on defense. Shelby Hopkins and Shelbi Corlett both had three digs from the back row for the Kats.
​Coach Watson
Sept. 5 Northwestern (H) 6:00 pm (L) 3-0
Sept. 7 Cass (T) 6:00 pm (W) 3-0
The VolleyKats were in Walton Thursday to take on the Lady Kings of Lewis Cass. The Kats swept Cass 25-16, 25-19, 26-24.

We were able to cut down our errors with eight hitting errors and 28 kills for a .238 hitting
percentage. Our service game was still off, and our serve receive was suspect, but our athleticism at the net was too much for the Kings.

Gabby Cooper led our attack with nine kills, two blocks, and seven digs. Chiara Minor downed seven balls and three blocks, while Alliyah Hochstedler had six kills and eight digs.

Madison Wood and Skye Richards both added three kills, with Wood serving two aces, digging eight balls, and having two blocks. Kylee Lauderbaugh dished 28 assists, dug up five balls, and had three aces and two blocks on the night.

Molly Fisher had eight digs, and Shelbi Corlett added five digs. Ellie Trine saved three rallies, and Shelby Hopkins dug two balls from the back row. Asijah Miller and Mae Brandon saw time in the deciding set.
​Coach Watson
Sept. 9 Chesterton Tourney (T) 9:00 am Kokomo was 3-1 to take fourth place at Chesterton.
The Lady Kats beat South Bend Clay 25-14, 25-17, but fell to Portage 25-15, 25-16 in opening pool play.

In the round-robin of teams Kokomo beat Boone Grove 15-25, 25-21, 15-12 and finished with a win over South Bend Washington 15-13, 25-14.
Sept. 11 Peru (T) 6:00 pm (W) 3-1
The VolleyKats were in Peru Monday to take on the Lady Tigers. We took the match in four sets, 25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 25-19.

Liyah Hochstedler led the Wildkats with 14 kills, 18 digs, and three aces. Gabby Cooper totaled 13 kills on .303 hitting and added 16 digs. Chiara Minor downed nine kills and had three blocks. Madison Wood and Skye Richards tallied six kills apiece, with Wood stuffing three blocks and Richards blocking for two points. Wood added four digs while Richards saved six rallies. Kylee Lauderbaugh dropped 46 dimes to her hitters and dug up five balls on defense. Molly Fisher had nine digs on the evening and Ellie Trine and Shelby Hopkins had five and three digs, respectively.
​Coach Watson
Sept. 13 North Miami (H) 6:00 pm (L) 3-2
Sept. 14 Tipton (H) 6:00 pm (L) 3-2
Sept. 19 Lafayette Jeff (H) 6:00 pm (W) 3-0
Setter Kylee Lauderbaugh ran our offense with 37 assists and served five aces on the match. Chiara Minor led our attack with 11 kills and two blocks. OH Alliyah Hochstedler banged nine kills and 11 digs, and Gabby Cooper added eight kills, four aces, and 16 digs manning the other OH position.

Skye Richards downed four kills and had four digs, while Madison Wood tallied three kills ,two blocks, and six digs. Ellie Trine and Molly Fisher dug up eight balls each from the back row. Shelbi Corlett, Shelby Hopkins, Mae Brandon, and freshman Correll Heath all had serve receptions and contributed rally saving plays on defense. Asijah Miller joined Brandon with action in the front row after helping lead the JV team to a three-set victory.
​Coach Watson
Sept. 26 Harrison (T) 6:00 pm (L) 3-0
Gabby Cooper and Chiara Minor both had six kills to lead the attack. Madison Wood had four kills and five digs, while Alliyah Hochstedler added three kills and eight digs. Molly Fisher dug up six balls, and Ellie Trine saved five rallies. Kylee Lauderbaugh dished 19 assists, had three aces, and had seven digs on defense.
- Coach Watson
Sept. 28 Logansport (H) 6:00 pm (W) 3-1
The VolleyKats honored our three seniors- Kylee Lauderbaugh, Madison Wood, and Skye Richards - Thursday at KHS. These three outstanding young women led us to a crucial NCC victory over Logansport in four sets 22-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-17.

Lauderbaugh led the way with 46 assists, two aces, and two kills. Wood had five kills, five digs, and four aces on the night. Richards downed two balls, served three aces, dug five balls, and had three blocks in her final match at KHS.

Chiara Minor led the attack with 17 kills and four blocks on .297 hitting. Gabby Cooper banged out 13 kills and nine digs, while Alliyah Hochstedler terminated nine balls and saved 31 rallies. Molly Fisher dug up 17 balls and Ellie Trine added nine digs from the back row. Shelby Hopkins had seven digs and freshman Correll Heath added five digs from the DS position.
​Coach Watson
Sept. 30 Southwood Invite 9:00 am Kokomo over Marion 25-18, 18-25, 16-14
Southwood over Kokomo 25-17, 25-17
Muncie Central over Kokomo 25-16, 25-20
FW Bishop Luers over Kokomo 25-17, 25-15
Oct. 5 Carmel (T) 5:30 pm (L) 3-0
Oct. 7 NCC Tournament 12:00 pm All 10 teams took part in the winner-take-all format, and the Lady Kats finished 2-1 on the day for a fifth-place finish.

Our first match saw Muncie Central give us problems with their service game and we fell 25-17, 25-15. After a disappointing start of the day the ladies bounced back with a 25-20, 22-25, 15-5 over Lafayette Jeff. We ended the day with a 25-19, 23-25, 15-6 win over Logansport to secure fifth place in the conference.

Gabby Cooper led the attack with 31 kills, five aces, and 18 digs on the day. Cooper hit .312 throughout the tournament. Chiara Minor floored 18 kills, had seven blocks, and dug up 11 balls. Alliyah Hochstedler tallied eight kills, three aces, and 26 digs, while Madison Wood added eight kills, three aces, and eight digs for the VolleyKats. Asijah Miller had three kills and three blocks from the OPP position.

Setter Kylee Lauderbaugh passed out 70 assists, had three kills, dug up 25 balls, and served 13 aces. Molly Fisher had 27 digs and Ellie Trine saved 17 rallies from the back row. Shelby Hopkins dug up 13 balls, and Correll Heath added four digs. Mae Brandon added a kill and a dig, and freshmen Sarah Stonebreaker and Malori Nichols combined for five digs to complete our stats for the day.
- Coach Watson
Oct. 12-14 IHSAA Sectional @ McCutcheon   Zionsville 3 - Kokomo 0
Logansport 3 - Lafayette Jeff 0
The VolleyKats were in Lafayette Thursday to take on Zionsville for the Sectional 7 opener. The Lady Eagles had too much power, pace, and ball control for the Kats and won 25-9, 25-4, 25-14. We were tentative early on but showed some fight in the third set before succumbing to the defending regional champs.

The VolleyKats ended the season 13-18.

Gabby Cooper led the attack with five kills and 17 digs. Alliyah Hochstedler added four kills and 19 digs from the OH spot opposite Cooper. Madison Wood and Chiara Minor both tallied three kills a piece with Wood adding a kill and Minor adding a block. Molly Fisher dug up 11 balls while Shelby Hopkins and Ellie Trine saved six and five rallies respectively. Kylee Lauderbaugh doled out 15 assists running our offense.

Our three seniors finish their careers with a winning record and have helped Kokomo volleyball gain respect. Our returning players see how far we have to go to challenge the likes of a Zionsville team. We will continue to remind and encourage our many returning players in the offseason.

Thank you for your continued support.
- Coach Watson

Zionsville 3 - Logansport 0
McCutcheon 3 - Harrison 0
Zionsville 3 - McCutcheon 0
Season Review
The Lady VolleyKats wrapped up our season with a loss in the sectional opener against a stout Zionsville team. We ended the season with a 13-18 record and a fifth place finish in the NCC.

We began the season with four new starters, who replaced veterans that had been with us for three years. So, we had to overcome a lack of varsity experience.

We started the season with inconsistent play and struggled to win close matches. We dropped four five-set matches in the first half of the season, with our errors and miscues being a primary cause. The girls in Red and Blue learned to focus on crucial points in decisive sets as we won two such matches at the Chesterton Invite for a fourth-place finish. We also won two pivotal set threes at the NCC tournament in the two-out-of-three format.

We always aim for improving every day, and we did just that this season. Our skills and mental toughness both saw improvements throughout the year.

We are sad to see the departure of our three Lady Kat seniors - Kylee Lauderbaugh, Madison Wood, and Skye Richards. All three have been instrumental in VolleyKats volleyball gaining respect from the volleyball world. These young ladies have a bright future!
Our team was led by MVP and our three-year Setter Lauderbaugh. Lauderbaugh ended the season with 808 assists for a three-year total of 2,284 career assists, a new school record! Lauderbaugh also had 72 aces, a VolleyKats season record, and 189 digs on the season. Wood ended the year with 99 kills, 29 aces, and 34 blocks for her senior campaign. Fellow senior Richards downed 60 balls, dug 75 more, and had 20 blocks to cap her KHS career.

Our Most Improved player, junior Gabby Cooper, led the squad with 264 kills, and added 23 blocks, 176 digs, and 33 aces. Junior Chiara Minor tallied 205 kills on the season, and led the team with 58 blocks, and junior OH Alliyah Hochstedler smashed 158 kills for the team and led us with 305 digs defensively. Junior Molly Fisher was second on the team with 219 digs and fellow junior Ellie Trine, Mental Attitude award winner, dug 121 balls up on the season. We had solid contributions from juniors Shelbi Corlett and Shelby Hopkins playing the DS, or back row, throughout the season. Sophmore Asijah Miller did a nice job holding down the OPP spot, and sophomore Mae Brandon saw time in the OH position. Freshmen Correll Heath, Sarah Stonebreaker, and Malori Nichols saw varsity time as well for the VolleyKats this season.

For their play this season, Lauderbaugh was named to the All-NCC team, and Cooper was named to the Second Team.

We had hoped for a winning record at the beginning of the season, but a combination of lack of experience and improved opponents kept us from winning close matches, especially early in the season. I am proud of the girls for learning to battle and improve on this throughout the year, winning crucial decisive sets at the NCC tournament. We will have tough kneepads to fill next season, but I believe we have a hungry group that wants Kokomo Volleyball to
take the next step to compete with our conference and sectional foes. We look forward to the continued progress of Coach Brandes’ JV and Coach Gilman's freshman teams.

Thank you to our seniors and their families, you will be missed!
- Coach Watson

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