COLUMBIA - The Allen Central Rebels traveled to Lindsey Wilson College over the weekend and participated in the Lindsey Wilson Mid-Summer Volleyball Classic. Allen Central fared well throughout the event, winning the Varsity Wave.
In the Varsity Wave, Allen Central defeated Adair County, Harlan Independent, Nelson County and Marion County to win the championship.
Allen Central outscored its opponents 202-99, losing only one of eight sets.
Allen Central prevailed 2-0 over Adair County (25–7, 25-17) and Harlan Independent (25–9, 25–2). The Rebels split with Nelson County, losing the first set 29–27 but came back strong to win the second set, 25–18. That victory put Allen Central first in the pool to take on the first place team in Pool A – Marion County. Allen Central prevailed 2-0 over Marion County, winning 25-17, 25-12.
On the day, Allen Central made 202 serve attempts, committing 24 errors, for 88 percent while landing 40 aces.
Jannah Halbert led the Allen Central squad with 10 aces while serving for 91 percent. Katie Kendrick landed nine aces on 94 percent serving.
Lauryn Stumbo, Sarah Grindrod and Hayley Pinson dropped in five aces each. Haley Smith followed, adding four aces for the Rebels.
Allen Central pounded in 98 kills on .296 hitting. Kendrick paced the Rebels with 41 kills on .471 hitting. Pinson and Kelsie Jackson had 15 kills each while Grindrod chipped in 11.
The Rebels took care of the ball 93 percent of the time, committing 18 errors in 276 ball handling attempts and earning 72 assists.
Halbert had 67 dishes on the day, committing only four errors in 147 attempts.
“I was pretty proud of our defensive effort,” Allen Central Coach Larry Maynard said. “We returned 80 of 93 service attempts and dug up 63 of 73 kill attempts, while blocking 13 for the tournament.”
Stumbo led Allen Central’s side-out effort with 15 returns, followed by Lanah Gibson, Breanna Thompson, and Kendrick with 14 apiece. Smith added 9 returns and Jackson got 7 up to target.
Kendrick led the back row with 18 digs, Stumbo and Halbert had nine each and Gibson earned eight digs.
Smith and Grindrod chipped in with six and five digs, respectively.
Grindrod and Kendrick paced the Rebels with four blocks each, Halbert had three stops, while Pinson and Emily Johnson denied two attacks each.
Also, Allen Central Team 2, finished second in its pool and completed the day 2-2.
“They proved themselves very capable and highly competitive,” Maynard commented. “Lakyn Wallace, Amber Stumbo, Kaley Bates, Megan Jones, Julia Flanery, Tyra Nairn, Kyra Harmon, Karlee Moore, Shawna Holbrook, Autumn Tackett, Jadon Craft, Jamie Clay, and Alivia Stumbo worked very well together as a team. I was extremely proud of their effort and pulling together.
“It was a decent measuring stick to see where we are early in the year and help us start working on weaknesses we found but all-in-all, I was pretty proud of our effort and our determination,” Maynard noted. “The future of the Allen Central volleyball program looks bright.”