The Cardinal Ritter Girls Volleyball Team’s season may be over, but they are still receiving accolades as three members of the squad earned All-Indiana Crossroads Conference honors. Seniors “Spiking” Sarah Middaugh, Jenna “Pure Athlete” Purichia and “Going Back To” Callie Waites all were named All-ICC for the 2017 season. This is Middaugh’s first time named to the team and it is Purichia and Waites second time to win the honor.
Sarah Middaugh had her breakout year as an outside hitter this year. She led the Lady Raiders and the ICC in kills with 318. Middaugh is has also served 26 aces ranking her fourth on the team. Even though Middaugh did not play on the back row often, she still racked up 152 digs. She has had a solid serve receive percentage with 90.4%. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, she was Academic All-Conference and qualified for Academic All-State as a junior.
Purichia was the starting libero and garnered attention at every game for her athletic exploits. This was the second time she was named All-ICC as she was named last year along with All-City and Academic All-Conference. She followed up a 2016 campaign that saw her break Cardinal Ritter’s record for most digs in a season (597) by adding 585 in 2017 while leading the ICC in digs and digs per set. She almost broke her record all while playing in less games and being moved around the floor throughout the year due to injuries on the team. Purichia was the epitome of the word leader as she led the team in aces with 36, had a top serve receive percentage with 92.6% for the season and also was instrumental in giving the team a “never give up” attitude. Puricha has also qualified for Academic All-State this year.
Waites had another strong year at setter after breaking the school record in assists with an astonishing 1147 and achieved All-City and All-conference status. This year she was plagued by an injury, missing 17 sets, but still put up impressive numbers as the team’s floor general. She led the team with 632 assists which put her 3rd in the ICC and 2nd in the ICC for assists per set with 7.9. She also was second on the team in digs with 238 and 2nd on the team from the service line with 30 aces. Even though she is a setter, her ability and knowledge of the game garnished her 38 kills.