2018-2019 Varsity Volleyball

2018 Volleyball
Coaches:  Jason Watson (Head Coach); Rebecca Brandes (Asst. Coach), Tori Lauderbaugh (Freshman Coach)

Seniors Junior Sophomores Freshmen
Gabby Cooper
Molly Fisher
Adria Hartley
Alliyah Hochstedler
Ellie Trine

Andrea Mendez
Asijah Miller
Jada Moore
Lexxie Ramirez
Miriam Gonzalez
Correll Heath
Mila Kusic
Gabby Long
Malori Nichols
Jannessa Reece
Sarah Stonebraker

Skyah Birnell
Jada-Claire Broomfield
Ciara Coombs
Arianna Fox
Simara McCracken
Emma Merrell
Hallie Ramirez
Leah Schliesmann
Macenzie VanWinkle
Jalynn Warden

Date Opponent Time Score
Aug. 9 Clinton Prairie (H) - Scrimmage 6:00 pm
Aug. 14 Western (H) 6:00 pm (L) 3-0
Adria Hartley downed 11 kills, three blocks, and 12 digs in her debut. Gabby Cooper also added 11 kills and 14 digs, while Alliyah Hochstedler had six kills and 10 digs. Asijah Miller and Jannessa Reece both had two kills, and Molly Fisher dug up 15 balls from the back row. Correll Heath doled out 32 assists from the setter position in her first varsity setting experience.
​Coach Watson
Aug. 16 Westfield (H) 5:30 pm (L) 3-1
Gabby Cooper led the attack with 13 kills, two
blocks, and 15 digs. Alliyah Hochstedler floored six
kills on .316 hitting, and dug up 16 balls. Adria
Hartley added four kills, four blocks, two aces, and
14 digs on the night, and Asijah Miller put down
three balls from the MB spot opposite Hartley. Ellie Trine served three aces and dug 11 balls, while
Molly Fisher also had three aces as well as six digs
from the back row. Correll Heath had 25 assists and
seven digs.
​Coach Watson
Aug. 18 KHS Invite (H) 9:00 am The VolleyKats hosted the seven-team Kokomo Invitational Saturday. The Kats came away 2-2 on the day.

We started with a three-set win over Frankfort, 25-16, 19-25, 15-13. We followed up with a two-set win over Tindley 25-14, 25-6. In the afternoon we dropped a match to Maconaquah 25-23, 25-19. Our final match against Richmond went to the brink as we lost the third set 17-15 after splitting the first two sets 22-25, 25-23. The Warsaw Tigers finished the day 4-0 to win the tournament.

Adria Hartley led the attack with 38 kills, eight blocks, seven aces, and 32 digs. Gabby Cooper blasted 26 kills, four aces, and 30 digs. Alliyah Hochstedler downed 19 kills, five blocks, and dug up 17 balls on the day. Asijah Miller had six kills and four blocks, while Molly Fisher saved 23 rallies and served nine aces. Ellie Trine added 12 digs from the back row. Setter Correll Heath doled out 90 assists, had eight digs, served three aces, and had three
blocks during the duration of the tournament.
​Coach Watson
Aug. 21 Eastern (H) 6:00 pm (W) 3-0
The VolleyKats hosted the Lady Comets from Eastern Tuesday evening. We were able to control the momentum and win in three sets 25-17, 25-23, 25-21.

Adria Hartley banged out 12 kills, five blocks, and16 digs to lead the Kats. Gabby Cooper and Alliyah Hochstedler had nine kills and 10 digs and seven kills and 16 digs, respectively, as left side hitters. Correll Heath dished 30 assists, had three kills, and dug up 11 balls on defense.
​Coach Watson
Aug. 23 McCutcheon (T) 5:30 pm (L) 3-0
Aug. 28 Elwood (H) 6:00 pm (W) 3-0
The VolleyKats welcomed the Lady Panthers from Elwood to KHS Tuesday and came away with the three-set win, 25-22, 25-15, 25-17.

Adi Hartley pounded 15 kills, three blocks, and 15 digs throughout the match. Gabby Cooper and Alliyah Hochstedler added nine and eight kills, respectively, with Hochstedler also digging up 15 balls. Asijah Miller blocked three balls and Molly
Fisher saved 18 rallies for the Kats. Ellie Trine had seven digs and freshman Jada-Claire Broomfield served two aces and added four digs. Correll Heath dished 32 assists, seven digs, and a kill.
​Coach Watson
Aug. 30 Marion (T) 6:00 pm (W) 3-0
Adria Hartley again led our offense with 15 kills and 15 digs. Alliyah Hochstedler downed seven balls and had 22 digs on defense. Asijah Miller added six kills, while Gabby Cooper had five kills and saved 13 rallies from ending. Molly Fisher dug up seven balls, and Ellie Trine had six digs on the match. Correll Heath dished 33 assists, three aces, and seven digs from the setter spot.
​Coach Watson
Sept. 4 Northwestern (T) 6:00 pm (L) 3-0
Sept. 6 Lewis Cass (H) 6:00 pm (W) 3-0
The VolleyKats welcomed the Lady Kings of Cass to KHS Thursday night and came away with the three-set sweep 25-22, 25-14, 25-13.

After a rotation change we started off slow but got the momentum going and controlled the net. Our service game was the strongest it's been all year with 12 aces. We will need to keep improving our serve receive and court coverage on defense, but our energy and effort was solid.

Adria Hartley banged 16 kills on .333 hitting and added three blocks. Hartley also dug up 10 balls on the night. Gabby Cooper blasted eight kills, and Alliyah Hochstedler downed three balls. Cooper added nine digs, and Hochstedler saved 13 rallies along with serving four aces. Molly Fisher had 15 digs and two aces from the Libero position. Malori Nichols tallied two kills, and Ellie Trine aces four serves and dug up 13 balls from the right back position. Correll Heath passed out 29 assists from the setter spot. We got contributions from Jannessa Reece, Sarah Stonebreaker, and Jada-Claire Broomfield throughout the match.
​Coach Watson
Sept. 8 Chesterton Tourney (T) 9:00 am We started the day with Portage and struggled in serve receive and had trouble sustaining any momentum. After playing poorly, we still forced a decisive third set and took the match to the wire before falling 25-21, 24-26, 15-13. We had little time to recover as we immediately played Marquette Catholic, who we handled in short order 25-16, 25-14. Our final pool play match was against Hobart, and the Kats overcame a poor start to finish in a strong fashion, 22-25, 25-12, 15-8. We then took on host Chesterton for third place. You probably won't see a closer match as we prevailed in three sets 26-28, 27-25, 17-15. The girls bounced back after not being able to finish the first set and give away the final two points. It's was our most resilient and gutsy performance of the season.

Adria Hartley played well and earned All-tournament honors. Hartley blasted 43 kills on .340 hitting, served nine aces, dug 32 balls, and had eight blocks on the day. Fellow seniors Alliyah Hochstedler and Gabby Cooper both had big days as well with Hochstedler downing 22 kills and digging a team high 49 digs, while Cooper had 21 kills, four aces, 13 digs, and nine blocks. Our final two seniors also came through with Molly Fisher saving 32 rallies and Ellie Trine digging 23 balls. Both Fisher and Trine served five aces a piece. Junior Asijah Miller tallied nine kills and seven blocks from the Middle position. Sophomores Malori Nichols and Jannessa Reece manned the Right Side with Nichols getting two kills and two blocks, and Reece digging up two balls. Sophomore Sarah Stonebreaker dug five balls on the day and freshman Jada-Claire Broomfield added four digs. Sophomore setter Correll Heath dished 90 assists, had two kills, five blocks, and 14 digs during the four matches. 
​Coach Watson
Sept. 10 Peru (H) 6:00 pm (W) 3-0
Adria Hartley led the attack with 22 kills on .500
hitting and obtaining her 1,000th career kill in the
process. Hartley also had three aces, eight digs,
and three blocks.

Gabby Cooper totaled five kills and five digs and
Alliyah Hochstedler downed three kills and dug 14 balls on the evening. Ellie Trine saved 10 rallies, and Molly Fisher dug up seven balls from the back row. Asijah Miller stuffed four blocks, and setter Correll Heath passed out 31 assists on the match.
​Coach Watson
Sept. 12 North Miami (T) 6:00 pm (W) 3-1
Setter Correll Heath ran the offense with 43 assists and 13 digs. Molly Fisher dug up 32 balls from the Libero position, and the Bosnian sensation Mila Kesic put down six balls and eight blocks in her first
extended play in America. Adria Hartley pounded 19 kills, had three aces, and recorded 21 digs on the match. Playing OH opposite Hartley, Gabby Cooper blasted 17 kills, had nine digs, and put up four blocks. After stunning the crowd in the JV match with a 13-point service run to win the JV match, Sarah Stonebreaker added 10 digs in the varsity match.
​Coach Watson
Sept. 13 Tipton (T) 6:00 pm (L) 3-1
Sept. 18 Lafayette Jeff (T) 6:00 pm (W) 3-0
The VolleyKats came out swinging with Adria Hartley leading the front row with 18 kills and two blocks. The Bronchos were no match for our front row.

Our serve receive was strong, along with our defense. Aliyah Hochstedler led the back row with 23 digs, and Ellie Trine added 13. Molly Fisher had 11 digs and three aces. In her debut as a middle, Mila Kesic floored four kills and had two blocks. She also added three aces. Correll Heath had 29 assists from the setter position.
​Senior Ellie Trine
Sept. 25 Harrison (H) 6:00 pm (L) 3-1
Adria Hartley crushed 23 kills to go with 23 digs and four blocks on the match. Alliyah Hochstedler, playing OH opposite Hartley, downed 10 kills and 26 digs. Mila Kesic put down five balls and four blocks while
Asijah Miller added three kills as our MB's. Molly Fisher saved 13 rallies, and Jada-Claire Broomfield dug up 11 balls from the back row. Correll Heath passed out 40 assists and added seven digs on defense.
Coach Watson
Sept. 27 Logansport (T) 6:00 pm (W) 3-0
The Lady VolleyKats took on the Berries of Logansport at the Berry Bowl Thursday. Felix the Cat was no match for the Kats as we swept our opponents 25-17, 25-19, 25-17.

It wasn't the most beautiful match but our girls dominated the net and didn't let up on the long rallies that Logansport kept alive.

Correll Heath ran the offense from the setter position and passed out 29 assists. Ellie Trine led the defensive effort with 23 digs on the night followed by Molly Fisher with 22 rallies saved.

Adria Hartley plastered 13 kills and had 21 digs while Alliyah Hochstedler downed six kills and dug up 18 balls. The Bosnian Bomber Mila Kesic had 10 kills, and Asijah Miller added three blocks from the Middle.
​Coach Watson
Sept. 29 Southwood Invite (T) 9:00 am The VolleyKats were in Wabash Saturday for the Southwood Invitational. The eight-team tournament was won by Fort Wayne Northrop as they defeated the Lady Kats in the championship match 25-14, 28-26, 15-5.

Our girls won the four-team Red Pool by defeating Southwood (25-20, 19-25, 15-12), Muncie Central (25-27, 26-24, 15-10), and Frankfort (25-23, 25-19). We had good effort on the day and were able to work on things that can help us prepare for our conference tournament and sectional play. We got contributions from everyone and fought through plenty of adversity throughout the long day.

Red Pool MVP Adria Hartley led the Kats with 41 kills, seven blocks, six aces, and 82 digs during the tournament. Playing the other OH position Alliyah Hochstedler put down 19 kills and saved 70 rallies. Hochstedler also led our team with 71 serve receptions. We had 152 digs in four matches from our Outsides. That's outstanding effort.

Gabby Cooper returned to action and was a big factor at the net with 15 kills, 12 blocks, and nine digs. Mila Kesic was also a major factor at the net with 10 kills and 13 blocks. Asijah Miller added three kills and seven blocks. Malori Nichols and Jannessa Reece were also contributors at the net.

Ellie Trine dug up 30 balls and both Molly Fisher and Jada-Claire Broomfield had 20 digs. Fisher also served a team high seven aces for the tournament. Setter Correll Heath dished 87 assists and dug up 24 balls on the day.
Coach Watson
Oct. 4 Carmel (H) 5:30 pm (L) 3-0
Gabby Cooper led our attack with seven kills on .353 hitting. Adria Hartley had six kills and 11 digs, and Alliyah Hochstedler dug up 11 balls as well. Mila Kesic blocked three balls and DSs Jada-Claire Broomfield and Molly Fisher added six and five digs, respectively.
Ellie Trine saved four rallies from the back rowon the match. Correll Heath dished 13 assists from the setter spot.
​Coach Watson
Oct. 6 NCC Tournament 12:00 pm The VolleyKats were in Richmond Saturday for the NCC Tournament. After defeating the host Red Devils 25-22,26-24, we dropped matches to McCutcheon, 25-19, 25-14, and Muncie Central 34-32,25-20 for a fourth place conference finish.

Adria Hartley led the attack with 24 kills and 39 digs, while Alliyah Hochstedler followed up with 15 kills, 34 digs, and five blocks. Gabby Cooper tallied 10 kills on the day and Mila Kesic added eight kills and seven blocks. Asijah Miller went for two kills and two blocks to round out our front row effort.

Jada-Claire Broomfield dug 23 balls, Ellie Trine saved 17 rallies, and Molly Fisher had 15 digs on the day. Trine was the bright spot for our service game, which included an abysmal six aces and 14 service errors, serving three aces. Setter Correll Heath dished 59 assists and had 20 digs defensively throughout the tournament.

We wrap up the regular season with a 17-13 record and a fourth place NCC finish.
​Coach Watson
Oct. 9,11,13 Sectional @ Harrison McCutcheon 3 - Lafayette Jeff 0
Kokomo 3 - Logansport 0
Adria Hartley led the attack with 18 kills and 12 digs. Alliyah Hochstedler added nine kills, seven digs, and five aces playing opposite Hartley. Mila Kesic bombed eight kills from the Middle Blocker position. The Bosnian Bomber had the eight kills on 18 attempts with no errors for an outstanding .444 hitting on the night. Gabby Cooper put down four balls and two aces from the other MB spot. Ellie Trine dug 11 balls up, while Molly Fisher had eight digs and Jada-Claire Broomfield had seven rally saves. Setter Correll Heath passed out 40 dimes and dug up five balls on defense.
Coach Watson

Zionsville 3 -McCutcheon 1
Harrison 3 - Kokomo 1
Adria Hartley led our offense with 17 kills, two blocks, and 26 digs. Mila Kesic blasted seven kills and five blocks playing in the Middle Blocker position. Alliyah Hochstedler tallied five kills, two aces, and 20 digs on the match, and Gabby Cooper added five kills and three blocks playing MB opposite Kesic. Asijah Miller downed two kills and two blocks to round out our attack.

Molly Fisher dug 16 balls and Ellie Trine saved 14 rallies. Jada-Claire Broomfield had nine digs from the back row. Fisher and Broomfield both served two aces in the match. Setter Correll Heath passed out 36 assists, had four blocks, and dug eight balls on defense.

Our girls were disappointed in the result but put everything they had into match. We had some amazing effort plays and really pushed our opponents to the brink. Our seniors go out with their heads held high and our underclassmen see what level of play they must achieve to take our program to the next level.
​Coach Watson

Zionsville 3 - Harrison 0
Season Review:

The VolleyKats wrapped up the 2018 campaign with a loss to Harrison in sectional play to finish 18-14 on the season. Along with a winning season, our girls in Red and Blue finished in fourth place in the NCC, our highest conference finish in many years.

Our journey began on July 30 with two-a-day practices. We had several new faces in our early season lineups, and we struggled to get continuity in our first match against a solid Western team. We had a rough day in most aspects of the game, but especially attacking the ball. Thankfully our high error rate was something that we were able to
improve throughout the year. After a decent but inconsistent loss with Westfield, we bounced back with a 2-2 day at our Kokomo Invitational, though our final match had us dropping a third set to conference foe Richmond. We were up 14-9 in the decisive set and could not finish the match. Looking back it was a good learning experience as we would face many of these situations during our adventure.

We changed our lineup a bit as we had a run of matches with several area schools. We were able to make a solid showing in Chesterton, finishing 3-1 for third place. We used September to prepare us for NCC play and the state tournament, and we were able to make strides, dealing with injuries and other inevitable roadblocks along the way.
We wrapped up the regular season tourneys with a strong showing at the Southwood Invitational going 3-1 and finishing in second place to Fort Wayne Northrop. We then headed to Richmond October 6th for the NCC tournament and a matchup with the host Red Devils. We were able to avenge our loss from earlier in the season before losing to eventual champion McCutcheon and Muncie Central for a fourth place finish.
We drew Logansport in the first round of sectionals and won in three sets. This set up a semi-final match with Harrison. We played a spirited match, winning the first set and having control in the fourth set, but it was not
enough as the curtain fell on the 2018 season.

Senior Adria Hartley was our stalwart on offense and defense, leading the team in kills (387), blocks (64), aces (46), and digs (449). Hartley was named First team All-NCC in her first, and sadly, only season at KHS. Fellow senior and First Team All-NCC recipient Alliyah Hochstedler led the team with 499 serve receptions, was third in kills (175) and second in digs with 434 rallies saved. Also named to the First team All-NCC was senior Gabby Cooper. Cooper was second on the squad with 178 kills, thirdin blocks (47), and added 151 digs in her final season as a Kat. Senior
Libero Molly Fisher was third in digs with 310 and was second in aces with 38. Our final senior, Ellie Trine, dug up 225 balls and served 29 aces on the season playing in the Right Back spot defensively for the VolleyKats. These five young women have put in a lot of work over the years and have been outstanding student-athletes in their four year careers. We are extremely proud of these ladies on and off the court.

Junior Asijah Miller was second in blocks (49) and added 49 kills playing in the MB and OPP positions. Newcomer to the VolleyKats (as well as to America) sophomore Mila Kesic floored 58 kills from the Middle. Along with being a nuisance for opposing hitters, the Bosnian Bomber also stuffed 44 blocks after joining us midseason. Miller and Kesic, along with Cooper and setter Correll Heath, were key in containing the opposition's left side hitters. We struggled with this earlier in the season and our defense was able to adjust around our block.

Sophomores Jannessa Reece and Malori Nichols manned the Opposite spot as well with 12 blocks and 34 digs between them. Sophomore setter Correll Heath led the offense with 842 assists and defensively added 27 blocks and
175 digs on the season. Fellow sophomore Sarah Stonebreaker saw time in the back row and dug up 17 balls in varsity action. Freshman Jada-Claire Broomfield split time with the JV team before landing in the starting rotation as a defensive specialist for the NCC tournament and sectional play. Broomfield added 98 serve receptions and 65 digs in her inaugural volleyball season. Our girls were able to improve greatly throughout the season and played our best ball when it counted.
The JV team was again led by Coach B ecca Brandes and saw im provement throughout the year. Coach Brandes on their season:

The Kokomo 2018 junior varsity Wildkats were some of the most coachable girls I have been blessed to coach. The team was made mostly of young players with some play-making juniors. Junior middle hitter Jada Moore led
the team this year with kills, while junior setter Lexxie Ramirez led the team in assists. Freshman setter Leah Schliesmann helped the Wildkats score throughout the season with her setting. Freshman middle hitter Simara
McCracken was the second kill leader for the Wildkats this year. Our two outside hitters, Jalynn Warden and Jada-Claire Broomfield, were all-around players that contributed just as much in defense as they did when hitting.
Gabby Long was our risk taker who was always ready to take chances diving on the floor and hitting the ball in tough situations. Sarah Stonebraker was a serving professional on the back line leading our team in aces for the season. Hallie Ramirez played libero for the season and led the team in digs. Throughout the season, the girls impressed me with their energy and their desire to want to learn more. The JV Wildkats finished the season 6-10.

Our C team this year was led by former VolleyKat Tori Lauderbaugh. Coach Lauderbaugh on her team:

This was my first year coaching, and I could not have asked for a better group of girls to have coached. They all worked great as a team and watching them develop as better players was the best part. I am thankful to be a part of their first high school volleyball experience.

The C team included International students, Miriam Gonzalez and Andrea Mendez, along with freshmen Emma Merrell, Arianna Fox, Mackenzie Vanwinkle, Skyah Birnell, Ciara Coombs, and Emily Whiteman.

We wish our seniors the best and look forward to our younger players putting in the work needed to take the program to the next level. We are thankful to our families and supporters for helping us along our journey and to our Athletic Office and support staff members for helping us to be the best team players on and off the court that we can be.

Thanks for a great season!

Coach Watson

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