Blue Devils nose above .500 in N10 play with 3-1 win over Ridgedale

PHOTO BY PAT GAIETTO Carey's McKenzie Row hits past Ridgedale's Caitlyn Thiel Tuesday in Carey.

CAREY — Ridgedale opened with a win, but Carey bounced back Tuesday to capture a Northern 10 Athletic Conference victory.

The Blue Devils won 20-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-13 to inch above the .500 mark in conference play.

McKenzie Row topped Carey (9-11, 8-7 N10) with 17 digs and 13 kills, Emma Wagner had 39 assists and 11 digs, and Ellison Roark came up with 18 digs.

Sadie Arend (2 blocks) had eight kills, eight digs and four aces, Addison Miller added seven digs, Bailey Tanner smacked six kills, Alaina Tiell (2 blocks) belted five kills and Seylor Kin (2 aces) hammered four kills and three blocks.

Redmen earn piece of program’s first conference title

BLOOMDALE — It’s been a season of records for Fostoria, and Tuesday was no different.

The 25-9, 25-11, 25-17 victory against Elmwood let the Redmen tie the team record for season wins, set in an 18-5 campaign in 2002.

But that was a just a bonus.

The truly historic part came because the win improved the Redmen to 12-1 in the Northern Buckeye Conference and gave them at least a share of the conference title, their first in program history.

The Redmen (18-3) can claim the outright title if they beat Otsego, also 12-1 in the NBC, at home Thursday.

“I don’t think it’s really set in yet. I’m just coaching for Thursday’s match (now),” FHS coach Krissy Lotycz said. “I don’t want to share it.”

Tyriana Settles (2 solo blocks, 2 block assists) keyed the Redmen with 22 kills and five digs, while Mary Harris had 25 assists, five digs, four block assists and three aces.

Meredith Grine (2 kills), Zoe Rice and Deshani Taylor (2 aces, 2 block assists) each came up with 10 digs, with Taylor also drilling three kills.

Baleigh Robinson backed them with five digs and Jasmine Groves drilled two solo blocks and two block assists.

“It feels good,” said Lotycz, in her fourth year with the Redmen. “For anybody that’s ever doubted our program or our players, we’ve really come a long way in four years. Done a complete 180.”

She took over a struggling program in 2015. The Redmen hadn’t had a winning season since posting four in a row from 2001 through 2004 (13-10, 18-5, 15-8, 17-6), and winning records in conference play had only come three times, all in the now-defunct Northern Ohio League: 11-3 in 2002, 8-6 in 2003, 11-3 in 2004.

The season before she arrived, Fostoria went 1-19. Her first season brought a 13-7 overall mark and a 7-7 NBC record. That was followed by back-to-back 9-5 NBC records, with the Redmen posting overall records of 16-8 in 2016 and 16-9 last year.

The turnaround came from not only the players, but with the support of parents and the administration, Lotycz said.

“Everybody’s bought into the system. It’s amazing what we’ve accomplished in four years, in just a short amount of time,” she said.

“It’s hard to believe this is the last week of the regular season,” she said. “It’s been truly a very remarkable, truly gratifying season.”

Warriors clinch share of N10

UPPER SANDUSKY — Mohawk snapped up a share of the Northern 10 Athletic Conference title Tuesday by beating Upper Sandusky 25-12, 25-15, 25-16.

The victory moved the Warriors, ranked 11th in Division IV at 19-2, to 14-1 in N10 play. Mohawk wraps up conference play Thursday against Ridgedale at home.

Alexa Konkle gave Mohawk 26 assists, six digs and four kills while Madi Chester (2 assists, 2 blocks) tallied 12 kills and nine digs.

Kaylee Ward added nine kills and seven digs, Ellie Shaw came up with eight digs, Aubrey Margraf chipped in six digs, Paityn Clouse (2 blocks, 2 digs) and Catherine Klopp both drilled three kills, Mara Gillig had two digs and Emma Myers-Huffman added two kills and two digs.

Bellevue beats back Fliers

BELLEVUE — Bellevue out-scrapped Clyde in the opener 25-22, then overpowered the Fliers 25-12, 25-19 from there Tuesday to claim a Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division win.

Payton Vogel, Molly Bullion and Taylor Baxter each turned in double-doubles to spark the Redmen.

Vogel accounted for 18 kills, 12 digs and four blocks, Bullion chipped in 35 assists and 11 digs and Baxter had 15 kills and 11 digs.

Kami Hay added 11 digs for Bellevue and Riley Mohr (2 blocks) lined three kills.

Elaynah Noftz came up with 18 digs and Mariah Boonie had 11 assists and eight kills for the Fliers.

Ruby Schabel (2 blocks) smacked eight kills and Maddy Andecover drilled six.

Tigers drop Wynford

BUCYRUS — Jessica Bowerman nearly registered a triple-double Tuesday to spark Seneca East’s 25-13, 25-16, 25-13 Northern 10 Athletic Conference win against Wynford.

Bowerman tallied 13 kills, nine assists and nine digs for the Tigers (13-8, 12-4 N10).

Jillian Allgyre backed her with 12 assists and seven digs, Lauren Bogner came up with 15 digs, Alexis Hicks hammered five kills and three blocks and Tori Fritz lined four aces and four kills.

Bucks blast Bucyrus

NEW WASHINGTON — Allison Weithman tossed up 27 assists and Lexi Evak drilled 12 kills Tuesday to lead Buckeye Central’s 25-6, 25-17, 25-14 Northern 10 Athletic Conference win against Bucyrus.

Weithman also served two aces and Evak hammered three blocks for the Bucks (15-6, 13-2 N10).

Lydia Ackerman (2 aces) backed them with eight digs, Courtney Pifher and Molly Geissman both drilled five kills and Allyson Sostakowski (2 aces) had four kills and four digs.

Stockaders move to 12-1 in SBC

KANSAS — Madison Guth turned in a double-double and three teammates had at least 11 digs Tuesday in Old Fort’s 25-17, 25-10, 25-17 Sandusky Bay Conference River Division win against Lakota.

Guth led the charge with 27 assists, 17 digs and six kills for the Stockaders (18-3, 12-1 SBC).

Morgan Miller registered 20 digs, seven kills and three aces, Ashlyn Magers came up with 14 digs and Savannah McCoy (2 aces) had 11 digs and six kills.

Jenna Clouse had 11 kills, five digs and three aces, MarcQue Harris tallied seven digs and Grace Wasserman lined four kills.

COMMENTS