ARCANUM – In tournament volleyball action Thursday evening Tri-Village found itself matched up in the second round with Catholic Central at Arcanum.
Catholic Central came into the tournament as the No. 4 seed with an 18-5 overall record, and it didn’t take the Irish long to establish control of the contest.
The Fighting Irish were a very quick and athletic team that hit the ball very well and made few mistakes.
Tri-Village struggled most of the night being able to contest the Irish hitting and being able to control the ball, pass it and hit it all necessary to compete.
Springfield Catholic would win in straight sets 25-9, 25-3 and 25-10.
“Our libero wasn’t available tonight, and I think we lost some of our gel and cohesiveness,” Tri-Village coach Eric Burkhart said. “I just wish we would have tried a little harder and competed a little better. It’s not the way we wanted to end our season.”
Tri-Village season ended with a 6-15 record, and despite losing seniors Allie Downing and Kaylor Pearson the future looks bright for Patriots volleyball.
“Our future looks pretty positive. Our seventh and eighth grade teams both just won Cross County Conference volleyball titles. We return most of our team and middle hitter Maddie Downing has stepped up and is just a freshman, so I believe we are an up-and-coming team to contend with,” Burkhart concluded.