Lady Apaches fall in semi-state play

Wabash's Tabatha Wagner attacks at the net around the defense of North Judson's Lauren Cox during Saturday's Class 2A Volleyball Semistate at Frankfort High School. Photo by Josh Sigler.

By Josh Sigler

FRANKFORT – Wabash High School’s volleyball squad saw its season come to an end Saturday, Oct. 27 in the IHSAA Class 2A North Semistate against North Judson, 25-22, 25-22, 25-20.

The Lady Apaches were kept out of system all night, struggling mightily to receive serves for much of the match.

Wabash jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the first set with the help from an ace from Brooke Irgang and a pair of kills from Tabatha Wagner, enticing NJ to call a timeout.

Wabash miscues late in the set allowed NJ to take over a pull out the win.

“I thought in the first set we were doing good job, just seeing them for the first time,” Wabash coach Katie Cromer said. “We had a lot of good hustle plays. When we got our passes to target we got a kill. We had a lot of mismatches on the outside. But we were out of system most of the night and that was our downfall.

Wabash struggled to keep pace in the second set due to miscues. A kill from Alivia Short and a tip kill from Samantha Irgang gave the Apaches a 13-9 lead, but the Bluejays reeled them in. 

Mackenzie Harper dropped in a tip kill and Courtney Trusty scored an ace to give NJ the lead for good in the second set.
A Wagner kill gave Wabash an early 3-1 lead in the third set, but the Bluejays would again take over.

A mini rally by NJ gave them a 10-7 lead, calling for a time out from Cromer.

Short stamped another kill, but the Bluejays maintained the momentum and a 19-15 lead in the set. Wabash got no closer than three the rest of the way,

Wabash capped a stellar year. The Lady Apaches set a school record for wins (33-4), and went through the Three Rivers Conference undefeated to claim the crown. They then backed that up with the program’s first sectional and regional titles before falling in a tight match Saturday.

“I think it’s amazing,” Cromer said. “We set a school record for most wins. We won the conference at 8-0. Then to win the first sectional and regional in program history is incredible. We didn’t roll over today, we went out and competed for a semistate. That was great.

Mariah Wyatt led the Apaches with eight kills, while Wagner, Short, and Samantha Irgang each added seven.

Wyatt also led the squad with three blocks, and Wagner and Samantha Irgang both added two.

Brooke Irgang posted a team high 18 digs, while McKenzie Hayslett added 16 and Kaylee Graf 14. Brooke Irgang also dished out 14 assists in the loss.

Wabash will have big shoes to fill, saying goodbye to eight seniors.

“We had a lot of seniors on the team,” Cromer said. “They did a good job of leaving a legacy and a good reputation for our program. I’m hoping the girls that were here and sat on the bench will realize how much time those seniors put in to get where they are. And, then in the offseason do the same to get back here someday.


Posted on 2018 Oct 30