TOLEDO - Columbian went into the Toledo Central Catholic Irish Invite needing to rebound after a tough match Thursday with Bellevue.
It did, going 2-1 and just as importantly, impressing coach Bill Bonham.
"They didn't play with a lot of emotion, as far as enthusiasm goes," Bonham said of his players, "but they played with a deeper sense of fight. They were more focused, game-face focused. We didn't celebrate points, we didn't get overly enthusiastic."
The Tornadoes started the day with a tough match with Perrysburg, which they lost 25-16, 25-22.
"We didn't play offense against Perrysburg," Bonham said. "Perrysburg is a big-time hitting offensive machine. We were playing on our heels all morning."
In that match, TC got 10 digs from Taylor Reinbolt, nine digs from Maddie Williams and seven digs from Michaela Sharlow.
Columbian did have 10 blocks.
TC rebounded against Fremont Ross, notching 25 aces and winning 25-10, 25-8.
"We just served them off the court, and that is no exaggeration," Bonham said.
The ringleader for the serve domination was Alyssa Price, who had 10 aces to go with three kills. Williams added eight aces, while Haley Sendelbach had six kills.
For all their aces, the Tornadoes had but four service errors.
"We attacked them and it got contagious, everybody just felt it," Bonham said. "We took them right out of their system."
Columbian saved its most dramatic play for its final match against Defiance.
"Girls wanted to make a statement and this was our chance to do it," Bonham said. "They came through behind the leadership of Tessa Fuhrer. Tessa basically got in a zone."
And she did it with her team far behind.
In the first game, Defiance held a 23-15 advantage before Fuhrer willed her team back into, serving five aces in a 9-0 run that helped push TC to a 26-24 win. The Tornadoes followed that with a 25-18 match-clinching victory in the second game.
In the match, Fuhrer added 10 assists and five digs, while Price and Williams each smashed six kills. Sendelbach had seven kills, with Price also serving three of her team's 11 digs. Reinbolt had nine digs, while Sharlow added eight.
"To come out of this tournament with a 2-1 record is a big day for us," Bonham said. "We rebounded from the Bellevue match."
Columbian improved to 8-5.
Mohawk gets big win
SYCAMORE - Mohawk coach Eric Hoover called Saturday's game with Galion important, to see where his team stood as the season nears its midpoint.
As it turns out, his team stands in a good spot.
Mohawk downed the Tigers in four close games, 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-22.
"This was a very big win for us," Hoover said. "Galion is a great team so this match was important for us to see how are stacking up at this point in the season. The girls executed our adjustments on offense and defense, and got the job done."
Julie Adelsperger had a double-double with 14 kills and 23 digs. Kasey Adelsperger led the team with 19 kills while Clara Adelsperger set them up to the tune of 39 assists.
Taylor McClain shined on the defensive end gathering 42 digs.
Carey splits tri at Riverdale
MOUNT BLANCHARD - Division IV's No. 11 ranked team, the Arlington Red Devils, flexed their muscles in their first game against Carey with a 25-9 win. But the Blue Devils stormed back, taking Game 2 25-23.
Arlington (12-0), though, held off Carey in the deciding Game 3 25-19 to win the match.
The teams were at a triangular at Riverdale. Carey came back to defeat the host Falcons 25-14, 25-20.
On the day, Shelby Siefert led Carey with 13 kills. Shelby Kin added 12 and Logan Johnson slammed 10. Seifert added four blocks and Kin four.
Also for Carey (7-3), Sydney Wentling dished out 42 assists. Defensively, Johnson led with 24 digs. Claire Allison picked up 19 and Mackenzie Wentling 17.
New Riegel takes own tourney
NEW RIEGEL - The Blue Jackets didn't feel like being gracious hosts Saturday at the New Riegel Tournament. New Riegel blasted Fostoria 25-1, 25-6 to start things off, then topped Arcadia 25-20, 25-11.
Taylor Arbogast led New Riegel (10-0) with 19 kills, and added 10 digs. Lauren Ladd and Kara Scherger each added 16 kills. Scherger also picked up 22 digs and Ladd delivered 13 assists.
Brittany Gillig served five aces.
Old Fort goes 2-1 in Lima
LIMA - The day didn't start off well for Old Fort at the Lima Bath Invitational, falling to Parkway 25-22, 25-10. But the Stockaders rallied, destroying Dunbar 25-7, 25-6, and bringing down the host Wildkittens 25-13, 25-22, 25-21.
Jordan Magers slammed 16 kills to lead Old Fort on the day. She also served five aces and dug up 10 balls on the defensive end. Shelby Bilger was tops defensively with 29 digs and Peyton Miller picked up 16.
Miller also had a strong serve working, as she recorded 13 aces.
Also for Old Fort (4-6), Sydney Clouse had 12 kills, Morgan Kemenah added 11 and Sara Bell nine. Allison Adelsperger tossed up 49 assists to go along with nine digs and six aces. Krista Ward had 16 assists, seven kills and five digs. Samantha Hartsel also lined seven kills.
St. Wendelin splits
BLOOMDALE - St. Wendelin vanquished the Black Knights of Van Buren, but couldn't dethrone the host Elmwood Royals at a tri-meet Saturday.
The Mohawks topped Van Buren 25-14, 25-23 and fell to Elmwood 25-16, 25-15.
Becca Starn and Kamryn Troike each had six kills on the day for St. Wendelin. Starn added four blocks. Hailee Burns had four aces and seven digs, Chloe Reiter dished out nine assists, all in the Van Buren match, and Sophia Volpe had seven digs.
St. Wendelin stands at 3-6 on the season.
Bucks win own meet
NEW WASHINGTON - Buckeye Central took first at its Fall Classic, beating Margaretta 25-13, 25-14, then topping Monroeville 26-24, 25-14.
The Bucks improved to 11-2 with the wins.