Senecas knock back Stockaders for SBC River crown
Ashlyn Jones and Emma White both registered double-doubles Thursday to lead Calvert past Old Fort 24-26, 25-18, 25-15, 25-18 in a winner-take-all match for the Sandusky Bay Conference River Division title.
Jones tallied 20 digs and 12 kills for the Senecas and White had 19 assists and 11 kills.
Shelby Hemminger added 23 digs, Sophie Burtis had 17 assists and three aces, Lexie White (2 aces) lined 11 kills, Zoe Meyer belted nine kills and six solo blocks and Lila Gehring drilled three solo blocks.
The Stockaders (18-4, 12-2 SBC) got 22 assists, nine digs and three kills from Morgan Miller (2 blocks).
Ashlyn Magers added 16 digs, Madison Guth tallied 14 digs and five kills and MarcQue Harris had 13 digs.
Jenna Clouse clubbed six kills, Grace Wasserman slammed five kills and four blocks, Savannah McCoy (2 aces) had five digs and three kills and Kara Davidson lined two kills.
Redmen gain first title since ’77
FOSTORIA — There will be no shared title.
Tyriana Settles and Mary Harris each had a double-double Thursday to propel Fostoria past Otsego 25-15, 25-22, 25-14, giving the Redmen the outright Northern Buckeye Central conference title and their first conference crown in 31 years.
The Redmen claimed at least a share of the title in Tuesday’s win against Elmwood, and Otsego entered Thursday’s contest needing a win to force Fostoria into sharing the championship.
Fostoria ended the regular season with a 13-1 mark in the NBC and set a school record for wins by going 19-3 overall.
Krissy Lotycz, in her fourth year guiding Fostoria, said her message to her team for Thursday’s match was simple.
“I told them all the times we didn’t finish, now’s the time to finish,” she said.
“It was one of our goals to knock Otsego off the second time, especially being at home. They always play at a competitive level, especially when things are on the line,” Lotycz said. “We just continued to push.”
Settles (2 solo blocks) tallied 30 kills, 10 digs and six aces and Harris had 40 assists and 10 digs.
Baleigh Robinson, Deshani Taylor (2 kills) and Zoe Rice also each came up with 10 digs, with Robinson also lining three kills and Rice serving five aces. Meredith Grine turned in six digs.
“I think we took advantage of their serve receive. We tried to go after the weaker passer to get them out of their offense and it worked tonight,” Lotycz said.
One year before Lotycz took the reins, Fostoria went just 1-19 overall and 0-14 in the NBC.
Four consecutive overall winning seasons have followed, with the Redmen going .500 in conference play in her first year before back-to-back 9-5 slates heading into this season.
“It just takes my breath away, of all the hard work we’ve put in the last four years, especially the seniors. They have matured, they have developed. It’s just great to see them progress and take it to the next level,” Lotycz said.
“I don’t think any other coaches, when I came in four years ago, would have thought we’d compete for a volleyball championship in four years, but we proved a lot of people wrong,” she said. “It just proves hard work and dedication does pay off.”
No. 11 Warriors ease to outright N10 crown
SYCAMORE — Alexa Konkle topped 1,500 career assists and two teammates combined for 22 kills and seven aces Thursday as Mohawk beat Ridgedale 25-10, 25-24, 25-10 to capture the outright Northern 10 Athletic Conference title.
Konkle (2 aces) handed out 29 assists to give her 1,526 assists in her career for the Warriors (20-2, 15-1 N10).
Kaylee Ward and Madi Chester each drilled 11 kills, with Ward slamming four aces and Chester lining another three.
Aubrey Margraf (2 aces) came up with 17 digs, Emma Myers-Huffman (2 aces) and Paityn Clouse (2 blocks) each belted five kills and Catherine Klopp smacked three kills.
Columbian clubs Clyde
CLYDE — Columbian dominated three of the four games Thursday en route to beating Clyde 25-11, 25-11, 22-25, 25-5 in Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division play.
Addi Conti keyed the Tornadoes (13-8, 6-4 SBC) with 25 assists, 11 digs, six aces and six kills.
Emily Davis belted 23 kills and seven aces, Hunter Breidenbach came up with 16 digs, Rylie Roggow hammered five kills, three aces and three blocks, Abby Dryfuse lined five kills, Amara Solomon slammed four kills and Toria Ingalls lined three blocks.
Ruby Schabel (2 kills) belted six blocks for Clyde, Alexis Keegan lined six kills and Grace Ball tossed up 11 assists.
BC powers off
NORTH ROBINSON — Allison Weithman handed out 38 assists Thursday to lead Buckeye Central past Northern 10 Athletic Conference foe Colonel Crawford 25-20, 23-25, 25-15, 25-16.
Weithman also had nine digs, three blocks and three kills for the Bucks (16-6, 14-2 N10).
Lydia Ackerman backed her with 25 digs, Claudia Pifher had 22 digs, Parker Phenicie chipped in 18 digs and four aces and Kendra Ackerman tallied 16 digs.
Lexi Evak smacked 15 kills and four blocks, Alivia Niese (2 digs) slammed eight kills and three blocks, Molly Geissman and Courtney Pifher each had six kills and six digs and Allyson Sostakowski turned in eight digs, five kills and three aces.