Northwestern won its second consecutive volleyball sectional title and seventh overall. (Photo provided)

KOKOMO, Ind. – For the second consecutive year, the Northwestern Lady Tigers hoisted a sectional championship trophy in volleyball – a first for the program. In a thrilling four-set match at the IHSAA Class 3A Western Volleyball Sectional, the Tigers defeated Maconaquah 3-1 (25-13, 27-25, 24-26, 25-21). Maconaquah finished the season 24-13. The win was the seventh sectional volleyball title for Northwestern (1990, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2017).

Earlier in the day, Northwestern defeated cross-county rival Western in three sets (25-17, 25-14, 25-16) to end the Lady Panthers season with a 25-5 record. Northwestern advanced to the semifinals after a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-12) victory over Frankfort.

The sectional title for Northwestern (27-6) sends the Tigers to the Kankakee Valley Regional to battle Griffith (14-10) at 10 a.m. this Saturday morning. The second semifinal features New Prairie (24-11) and Wheeler (18-11) at noon with the winners meeting the championship match at 7:30 p.m.

Class 4A Harrison Sectional: Kokomo defeated Logansport 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-18) in the quarterfinals before falling to Harrison 3-1 (25-19, 16-25, 16-25, 23-25) in the semifinals. The Lady Wildkats finished the season 18-14. Zionsville defeated Harrison 3-0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-22) in the finals.

Class 2A Taylor Sectional: Both Eastern and Taylor lost its opening matches in sectional competition. The Lady Comets fell to Tipton 3-0 (8-25, 16-25, 18-25) in the quarterfinals to finish the season 16-17. Taylor drew a bye and lost to Oak Hill 3-0 (12-25, 17-25, 9-25) in the semifinals to finish 3-25.

Tipton earned a sectional championship with a four-set win over Oak Hill (24-26, 25-16, 28-26, 25-19). The Lady Blue Devils (24-12) advance to the Taylor Regional to battle Clinton Prairie (21-15) at 10 a.m. this Saturday. The second semifinal is set for noon between Wabash (31-3) and Frankton (23-8), with the winners meeting in the 7:30 p.m. championship match.

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