The first three championship matches of the 2007 volleyball state finals were quickly decided but the 4A contest easily provided the most drama as New Castle claimed a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Elkhart Memorial at Worthen Arena in Muncie.
The 26-24, 14-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-9, decision solidified New Castle’s first state title in a girls sport.
The Trojans (33-7) were on the verge of defeat trailing Elkhart Memorial, 2-1 in games, and down 23-20 in the fourth, but rallied for five consecutive points to win 25-23 and send the match to a deciding fifth session.
In the fifth game, New Castle used the momentum to jump out to a quick lead and never relinquished it. The Trojans led 10-9 before winning the last five points as the team spilled onto the floor in celebration.
Macey Elyea led New Castle with 21 kills and Hayley Benninger added 20. Caitlin Cox finished with 36 digs on defense and setter Sara Metroka ended with 45 assists.
Jennifer Krumwiede led the Chargers offense with 21 kills and showed the way on defense with 31 digs. Elkhart Memorial finished 36-4 falling short of capturing the school’s first state title in any sport.
In Saturday morning’s semifinal round, the Chargers fell behind losing to Carmel in the opening game but rallied to take the next three to take earn their first appearance in a state championship match. New Castle took a 3-1 decision from Floyd Central in its semifinal also qualifying for the title match for the first time.
New Castle was headed by second year coach Alan Davis. Elkhart Memorial’s leader was Jacquie Rost.
Courtney Anglemyer of Elkhart Memorial High School was named the winner of the Mental Attitude Award in Class 4A following the state championship match by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee.