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Shenandoah captures Henry County volleyball title

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From the left, Blue River Valley’s Ally Madden, Shenandoah’s Kamryn Buck and Kara Surguy, Knightstown’s Trinidie Newby and Rena’ Witham, and Tri’s Makenna Hawk were named to the All-County Team after the conclusion of Saturday’s Henry County Volleyball Tournament at Tri High School.
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Blue River Valley’s Mallory Cross (10) passes the ball as teammates Alexis Whitinger (8) and Emma Blackburn (5) watch during Saturday’s semifinal match of the Henry County Volleyball Tournament against Shenandoah at Tri.
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Shenandoah’s Kamryn Buck (14) sets the ball for teammate Jenna Stewart (8) for a kill attempt against Knightstown during Saturday night’s championship match of the Henry County Volleyball Turnament at Tri.
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Knightstown’s Avery Bever (6) rises for a kill attempt as teammates Gwen Dyer (11) and Trinidie Newby (12) watch during Saturday night’s championship match of the Henry County Volleyball Tournament at Tri.
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Players, coaches, and managers of the Shenandoah High School volleyball team smile with the trophy after winning the championship of the Henry County Volleyball Tournament Saturday night at Tri High School. The Raiders defeated Blue River Valley and Knightstown to capture the title.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

LEWISVILLE - The Shenandoah High School varsity volleyball team probably was the favorite, on paper, to win the Henry County Volleyball Tournament championship Saturday night at Tri High School.

But the Raiders are well-grounded and realized that they would need to win the title on the court, which was made a little more difficult with leading hitter (and the area's runner-up leader in kills) Erikka Hill nursing an injury she got in the weight room.

Even without Hill in the line-up, Shenandoah took care of business by defeating Blue River Valley in four sets 25-22, 27-25, 19-25, 25-15 in the semifinals in the elementary school gym and winning the finale in straight sets over Knightstown 25-20, 25-11, 25-20 in Donald Schwarzkopf Gymnasium.

"We played very well tonight without Erikka," Shenandoah Coach Josh MacIntyre said after the title match. "Our girls knew we had to band together without her and they did an excellent job of passing the ball and moving it around to where we could score points."

Knightstown Coach Shanna Smucker said her team lost to a good opponent.

"Shenandoah is very good," Smucker said. "It seems whenever our girls see that blue Raider jersey, they forget what to do. But we may see them again in the sectional and hope for a better outcome."

Shenandoah setter Kamryn Buck was happy with the victory.

"We knew it would be tougher without Erikka out there," Buck remarked. "But we knew we had a good team and were able to move the ball around to spots for our hitters to make some kills. We're looking forward to the sectional."

Knightstown defeated host tournament host Tri to advance to the championship match.

Blue River defeated Tri 25-15, 25-12, 25-19 in the elementary school gym to win the consolation match.