NEW RIEGEL - State-ranked New Riegel overpowered Old Fort 25-10, 25-18, 25-16 Thursday to remain unbeaten and claim at least a share of the Midland Athletic League title.
The Blue Jackets, ranked third in the latest Division IV poll, must beat Calvert in Monday's match to take the outright crown. The teams were originally scheduled to play this past Tuesday, but the match was postponed due to the death of Calvert teacher Ray Stearns.
A New Riegel loss will forge a three-way tie between the Blue Jackets, Calvert and Mohawk for the MAL title.
Thursday, the Blue Jackets (21-0, 10-0 MAL) got plenty of help to knock back Old Fort.
Kara Scherger smacked 19 kills, Taylor Arbogast tallied 11 kills and 10 digs, Morgan Noftz handed out 25 assists, Brittany Gillig came up with 13 digs, and Lauren Ladd registered 10 kills, four aces and three assists.
Allison Adelsperger gave the Stockaders (7-15, 3-8) 12 assists and six digs, and Shelby Bilger and Peyton Miller both chipped in 10 digs.
Sara Bell (2 blocks) backed them with seven assists and three kills, Jordan Magers had six digs and five kills, Samantha Hartsel drilled four kills, Morgan Kemenah and Sydney Clouse each lined three kills and Krista Ward had two assists and two digs.
Senecas tear through Lakota
Calvert rocketed past Midland Athletic League foe Lakota 25-15, 25-15, 25-8 Thursday, thanks to a balanced attack.
Amber Perry's 12 kills and seven blocks led the assault, with Haley Felter pounding 10 kills and six blocks and Lindsay Bickley drilling 10 kills and four blocks.
Megan Casale added 37 assists and five aces for the Senecas (16-5, 9-1 MAL), and Kelsey Hendrix tallied 10 digs and two aces.
Calvert wraps up its regular season Monday by hosting New Riegel, with the junior varsity contest starting at 4:30 p.m. The match was postponed from Tuesday due to the death of Calvert teacher Ray Stearns.
The Senecas must win Monday to claim a share of the MAL title with Mohawk, which is 10-1 in the league, and unbeaten New Riegel.
Warriors end no worse than second in MAL
NORTH BALTIMORE - Kasey Adelsperger smashed 13 kills, seven aces and three blocks to fuel a 25-11, 25-3, 25-5 Mohawk win Thursday over North Baltimore.
Now the Warriors (19-3) must wait until Monday to know where they'll end in the Midland Athletic League.
Mohawk's regular season is finished, but the Warriors (19-3) may still tie for the MAL title if New Riegel suffers its first loss Monday to Calvert. That scenario would make Mohawk, New Riegel and Calvert all 10-1 in the MAL.
Clara Adelsperger added 16 assists Thursday for Mohawk, Taylor McClain came up with nine digs, Stacy Clouse tossed up six assists, Julie Adelsperger registered five kills and three digs, Ali Konkle had five kills, three assists and three digs, Aubrie Flood served three aces, Mackenzie Sowers had three aces and three digs and Mya Morris (2 assists) lined three kills.
TC seniors win big
On senior night, Columbian fought not only for a win, but for something much bigger. The win came at the expense of Sandusky 25-9, 25-11, 25-10. The something bigger was standing together as a team, and as a community to spread the message of beating cancer during tonights volley for the cure event. "We really played as a team, and all supported each other." said coach Bill Bonham. "All five seniors played well with positive attitudes, it was a nice win to finish the year." Bonham said.
Bonham was not only impressed by his players, but the community as well.
"Tonight we played to win against cancer, and we did that as a community, he said."
The first year TC coach nelieves his first year with the team was a success.
"This team will only continue to improve," he said as his team improved to 13-9, 8-4 NOL.
Burns lines H-L record 30 kills in sweep of Tigers
ATTICA - In her final regular season match, Hopewell-Loudon's Courtney Burns not only helped her team sweep Seneca East, but was able to write her name in the school's record book.
Burns had 30 kills Thursday night in the Chieftains' 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 win over the Tigers. That mark broke the school's record of 29 which was set by Andrea Engelmann in 2005. Stephanie Endicott had 28 for H-L in 2011.
"She just wanted to end her last season on a positive note," said H-L coach Krissy Lotycz. "Courtney was the queen of the court tonight and she was unstoppable."
Burns added 12 assists, five digs and two blocks in H-L's win.
The Chieftains, who improved to 12-10, 8-3 in the Midland Athletic League, also received a big match from Shelbi Sauber, who had 30 assists, 10 kills, 20 digs and three aces. Kassie Shaver smashed five kills and four aces, while Lexi Feindel had two kills, five digs and two aces. Baleigh Searles added five digs and Kassie Welly registered 10 digs.
For Seneca East, Kristen Bowerman had 16 kills, three digs and one block, while Kayleen England recorded nine kills and nine digs. Rachel Bauman put up three aces, 14 digs and 10 assists in a strong effort for the Tigers (8-14, 3-8 MAL). Mykayla Ruffing had 17 assists and six digs, and Cameil Ruffing added six kill and three blocks.
Bucks beat down Bucyrus
BUCYRUS - Buckeye Central defeated Bucyrus 25-18, 25-15, 25-10. Jenna Delarber delivered 10 kills and two blocks, while Sierra Hanes recorded five kills and two blocks. Kilee Kimmel had five aces and 17 kills for the Bucks (19-3, 12-2 NCC).
Brooke Karl led the team in digs with seven, followed by Aleesha Siesel who added five.
St. Wendelin spikes Bobcats
BETTSVILLE - St. Wendelin dominated Bettsville 25-7, 25-6, 25-11. Sophia Volpe had eight aces and 13 digs, while Mikayla Gilliland recorded five aces. Chloe Reiter had four aces, 15 assists and Kamryn Troike added nine kills for St. Wendelin (11-10, 5-6 MAL). Defensively, Allie Rutter had eight digs, while Becca Starn and Victoria Walter recorded four blocks each.
Blue Devils break the Streaks
FREMONT - Carey had the Crimson Streaks seeing red as the Blue Devils defeated Fremont St. Joesph 25-13, 25-22, 25-17. Sophomore Sydney Wentling's 36 assists landed her a spot as Carey's all time assist leader raising her career total to 1,153, beating the previous record of 1,145 held by Healy Batton. Mackenzie Wentling had six kills, Shelby Kin recorded 13 kills, and Shelby Seifert added 13 kills, two aces and one assist for Blue Devils (14-7, 7-4 MAL).