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Bishop Chatard and Avon win in five-sets to capture 3A/4A crowns

Indianapolis Bishop Chatard emerged from a fifth set and turned the tables on Yorktown to win the Class 3A state championship match at Worthen Arena.

The No. 3 Trojans (32-7) won the opening and third sets before breaking free from four tie scores in the decisive frame to win, 25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-12. It was the school's second 3A volleyball championship to go along with the 2004 trophy. Top-ranked Yorktown had swept last year's championship meeting on this court between the two squads and also took a 2-0 decision back on Aug. 25. Nick Wolf was the Trojans' coach.

Chatard's Anna Logan led all players with 20 kills in the match followed by Yorktown's Nikki Box with 17. Hannah Gardner helped the Chatard cause with 14 kills of her own.

Yorktown (35-4), coached by Stephanie Bloom, was trying to become the third Delaware County team to win a title on the day. Cowan (Class A) and Wapahani (2A) had both won their preceding matches.

Marissa Collier named Mental Attitude Award winner.

In the Class 4A State championshipfFourth-ranked Avon knocked off four top 10 opponents this tournament including an exclamation point in the championship match with a five-set victory over No. 2 Carmel.

The Orioles (35-5) stumbled in the opening and fourth sets but answered the Greyhounds at crucial times in a 21-25, 25-20, 25-17, 21-25, 15-10 victory Saturday night. It was the school's first volleyball state championship and second overall (boys golf in 2008-09).

Avon, coached by Scott McQueen, had suffered its only loss last year in the state title match but made amends this time around and avenged a 3-0 loss to Carmel back on Aug. 21.

Beth Prince set a 4A state finals record with 24 kills in the match, three better than the previous mark shared by two others in the 2007 final. Calle Weddle added 15 and Shelby Connors 11 for the Avon cause. Carmel was led by Carly Skjodt's 18 kills.

Carmel (37-2) had won 16 straight matches coming in and had won 49 straight sets before dropping the second frame to Avon this evening. The Greyhounds, competing in their first championship contest, were coached by Rich Coleman.

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