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Collegiate Update: Sanders, IU Kokomo qualify for NAIA National Championship Tournament

Julia Sanders had 16 digs Saturday to help Indiana University Kokomo defeat Midway University to claim the program’s fifth consecutive River States Conference Volleyball Championship and earn its eighth consecutive NAIA National Tournament berth.

Sanders (photo, front row, far right), a Triton Central graduate, also had one assist and one service ace in a 19-25, 25-22, 25-13, 20-25, 15-12 victory over Midway to improve to 29-6 this season.

IU Kokomo will travel to Omaha, Nebraska, for an NAIA National Tournament Opening Round contest against College of Saint Mary at 8:30 p.m. (EST) Saturday.

IU Kokomo reached the RSC championship with a 25-14, 25-13, 25-14 win Friday over IU Southeast and a 26-24, 25-20, 28-26 win over IU East Saturday in the semifinal round.

Sanders had 10 digs against IU Southeast and five digs against IU East.

Here is a look at other Shelby County graduates competing at the collegiate level.

 

 

Brooklyn Schiffli

The Triton Central graduate had one ace and 10 digs Sunday in Jacksonville State’s regular-season finale victory at Austin Peay. The Gamecocks improved to 24-5 with a 17-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-20 win that secured the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference Tournament.

Schiffli had seven digs Friday in a 25-20, 25-13, 25-22 victory over North Alabama.

Jacksonville State will take on No. 6 seed Kennesaw State Thursday at 1 p.m. in the ASUN Tournament hosted by Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

 

Hayden Kermode

The Triton Central graduate was credited with four tackles Saturday in Concordia’s 27-10 win over St. Francis in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Concordia’s season ended with a 5-5 record.

 

 

Kenneth Gipson

The Triton Central graduate was part of Rose-Hulman’s starting offensive line Saturday in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship game at Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati.

No. 22 ranked Mount St. Joseph improved to 10-0 with a 40-31 victory over Rose-Hulman in a game that featured nearly 900 yards of offense.

With the win, the Lions advanced to the NCAA DIII playoffs.

Rose-Hulman finished 6-4 this season.

 

 

Dylan Wasson

The Triton Central graduate had four tackles Saturday in Olivet Nazarene’s 38-31 win over No. 24 Roosevelt in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Olivet Nazarene (6-4) travels to Waxahachie, Texas, for Friday’s 2022 NCCAA Victory Bowl against Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU).

 

 

Cameron Baker

The Shelbyville graduate placed third in a pair of diving meets for Franklin College.

On Friday, Franklin College defeated Transylvania, 155-85. Baker placed third in each of the two sessions of one-meter diving.

On Saturday in wins against Bluffton and Centre, Baker again finished third in the one-meter event (207.9 points) and third in the three-meter event (183.25).

 

 

Jill Anspaugh

The Shelbyville graduate finished 171st overall Saturday for Franklin College in the Great Lakes Cross Country Regional in Hope, Michigan.

Anspaugh crossed the finish line in 25 minutes, 45 seconds.

 

 

Michael Fox

The Shelbyville graduate placed 225th overall for Manchester College in the Great Lakes Regional Saturday. He crossed the finish line in 28.45.

 

 

Rachel Dewey

The Triton Central graduate played 61 minutes Friday to help Xavier women’s soccer defeat Tennessee, 4-1 in double overtime, to advance to the NCAA Championship Second Round for just the second time in program history.

The Musketeers improved to 15-3-5 this season and will play Friday at No. 11 Virginia.

 

 

Maya Chandler

The Triton Central graduate notched her first collegiate double-double Thursday with a 13-point, 11-rebound performance in a 76-66 loss at Milwaukee.

 

 

Rylie Stephens

The Triton Central graduate had four points, one rebound and one assist Monday in Samford’s 75-70 loss at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn.

The loss dropped Samford to 0-3 this season.

On Thursday, Samford lost 81-51 at Vanderbilt. Stephens finished with 12 points and three rebounds.

 

 

Hayden Langkabel

The Morristown graduate became the 39th player in Marian men’s basketball history to eclipse 1,000 career points Saturday in the Knights’ 72-67 win at Shawnee State in the Crossroads League/Mid-South Challenge in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Langkabel had 11 points to push his career total to 1,009 points, which puts him 35th on the program’s career scoring list.

Marian defeated No. 20 Cumberland University Friday, 72-53. Langkabel finished with 15 points, four rebounds and two assists.

The Knights are 5-0 this season.

 

 

Olivia Faust

The Triton Central graduate had 10 points, one steal and one assist Saturday in Marian’s 69-61 loss to No. 4 Carroll College in the Leah Whittaker Memorial Tournament hosted by Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, Ind.

The loss dropped No. 7 Marian to 5-1 this season.

On Friday, the Knights defeated Reinhardt University, 68-45, in the tournament opener. Faust finished with 19 points, two rebounds, four steals and one assist.

 

 

Kyle Crim

The Morristown graduate had two points and one assist on Nov. 9 in Hanover’s season-opening 73-42 victory at Spalding in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

 

Taylor Heath

The Triton Central graduate had eight points, two rebounds, five assists and one steal Saturday for Hanover in a 78-55 win over Elmhurst University in the Wheaton Invitational.

The win improved the Panthers to 2-0.

On Friday, Hanover defeated Wheaton College, 53-50. Heath had two points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals.

 

 

Drake Moore

The Morristown graduate collected 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out two assists Saturday for Oakland City in its home-opening win over Simmons College of Kentucky, 84-58.

Oakland City is 3-0 this season.

Bella Larrison

The Waldron graduate finished with 12 points, six rebounds, one assist and two steals Saturday in Anderson University’s 90-82 win over Brevard in the Mountain Top Classic in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

Anderson opened its season Friday with a 65-56 loss at Covenant (Ga.). Larrison had five points, three rebounds, one steal and one block in her collegiate debut.

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