Greyhounds eliminate Millers – Hamilton County Reporter

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By RICHIE HALL

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CARMEL- A countywide volleyball game was hosted by Carmel on Wednesday, with the Greyhounds beating Noblesville in four sets at the Eric Clark Activity Center.

Carmel won 25-20, 19-25, 25-16, 25-22. After splitting the first two sets, the Greyhounds took an early lead in the third set and held it throughout. Carmel led 12-4 at the start of the set; Emily Waddell had two kills and a tip, while Avery Carroll served three aces during this run.

“Noblesville has had a really good year so far, so we knew we had to perform and take care of our team before we did anything else,” Greyhounds coach Kristine Deem said.

A Carroll kill gave Carmel a 16-7 lead, and the Greyhounds lead stayed around that margin until Carmel won the set with another Carroll kill.

The fourth set was tight throughout. Riley Resmer hit a kill to give the Millers a 3-1 lead, and a Gabby Wiehe kill gave Noblesville a 5-3 lead.

But Carmel jumped on a 10-3 run, and it put the ‘Hounds ahead 13-8. Carmel never trailed after that, but the Millers kept fighting, with Wiehe and Anna Elkin taking kills during the set.

Waddell, Lauren Evans and Carroll both stepped up for the Greyhounds, scoring several kills in the fourth set. Audrey Pickett’s kill created match point at 24-21. Noblesville saved one on Wiehe’s successful block, but Carmel got the next point to win the game.

“There were plays where we needed to work on our discipline, where we didn’t expect, for whatever reason, that they would continue to be aggressive,” Deem said. “But we came together to continue to stay aggressive and finish the game.”

Lauren Evans led the strike with 19 kills, followed by Waddell with 15, Carroll with 10 and Pickett with nine. Emerson Evans delivered 47 assists. Carroll finished with four aces, while Emerson Evans had two and Lauren Dossey served one. On defense, Dossey had 28 digs and Lauren Evans had 14. Pickett had four blocks and Emerson Evans had three.

Noblesville’s Diana Cox searches during the game. (Kirk Green)

Wiehe led the Miller offense with 11 kills, while Madison Brown had 38 assists. Maddie Coates served three aces. Ava Rundle had 21 digs, Wiehe made four blocks and Riley Resmer had two blocks.

“They fought all the time,” Noblesville coach Annie Poulson said. “I think that was not the problem. The problem was the runtime piece of it. We executed once, and not the next two times, or waited to execute until the fourth time they did something. And we need to be able to execute sooner. We need to be able to respond sooner.

Carmel improved to 14-7 with the win and is out until Monday when he hosts Pike. The Millers are 15-4 and play a Hoosier Crossroads Conference game tonight at Franklin Central.

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