Windsor captured its first NTC 8th grade volleyball championship in about 15 years on Saturday, running the table and taking out top rival St. Elmo in a two-game knockout, 21-9, 21-19.

The two teams tussled at St. Elmo for three games during the season, but the Trojans were on the attack early after surviving two three-game matches earlier in the day.

Windsor started slow against Beecher City losing game one 16-21, but then gathering a head of steam, taking game two, 21-17, then blowing the Eagles away in game three, 21-1.

In their second match of the day, Windsor stayed on a roll in game one against Brownstown, winning 21-12, but then letting their energy drop in game two and losing one they should have won, 21-23. Now in a dogfight, the Trojans were able to prevail in a close 21-17 rubber game.

That sent the Trojans to the title match against St. Elmo, a team that has had the upper hand for several years. But, Windsor jumped on them early when it was clear touching the net was going to be a big non-no. Windsor rolled in game one, winning 21-9.

Putting St. Eagles on the spot, an uncomfortable spot, the Trojans squeezed them for a quick two-game win and earned Windsor their first NTC title for years.

Windsor 8th (15-3) will hone their skills in practice this week then enter the Okaw Valley Regional next week on Tuesday as the #1 seed.

Windsor total NTC tournament 3-match stats: Amber Groves 4 aces, 9 kills, 2 assists; Brianna groves 4 aces, 13 kills, 3 assists; Tierra Becker 3 aces, 6 kills, 8 assists, 1 save; Barbara Blackburn 8 assists; Sam Worthey 4 aces, 5 kills, 1 assists; Lauren Logsdon 2 aces, 4 kills, 1 assist, 1 save.

Windsor 7th grade enters Okaw 7A Regional play tonight at 6:15 p.m. against Lovington.

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