Edison hangs on in 5 against Chieftains

Sectional volleyball

PHOTO BY ZACH BAKER Hopewell-Loudon’s Olivia Savidge waits for the ball as Edison’s Lindsay Roberts (15) and Deana Blatnik prepare to defend during the second game of a Division III sectional semifinal in Bascom Wednesday.

BASCOM — Hopewell-Loudon was close getting past Edison Wednesday, and advancing out of the Division III sectional semifinals.

Very close.

Abbi Roerdink and Peyton Hoover each had double-doubles, and the Chieftains held a two-games-to-one edge after beating the Chargers in Game 3.

But Edison rebounded to take the final two games, and advance with a 21-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 15-13 win.

With the victory, the Chargers head to Huron to take on Eastwood at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the sectional finals.

Roerdink dished out 53 assists to go with 10 digs, while Peyton Hoover smashed 16 kills and 25 digs, as the Chieftains ended their season at 16-7.

Elizabeth Wells lined 16 kills for Hopewell-Loudon, while Olivia Savidge added six kills. Grace Dohanyos added 24 digs, while Hope Kreais added 10 kills and Megan Kreais had five.

Rams take three close games to advance

UPPER SANDUSKY — It was a sweep for Upper Sandusky.

But it was far from easy. The three games were decided by a combined seven points.

Jadyn Smalley registered 23 digs, Jenna Kurtz had seven kills and two aces, and Jenna Kurtz had eight assists and two aces in the Rams’ 27-25, 28-26, 25-23 win over Colonel Crawford in a Division III sectional semifinal.

The Rams (9-14) advance to the sectional finals in Galion, where they will take on top seeded Tigers at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Knights eliminate FHS

VAN BUREN — Van Buren cruised into the Division III sectional finals by defeating visiting Fostoria, 25-13, 25-16, 25-20 in Wednesday’s semi.

Fostoria ended its season at 6-17.

The Redmen were paced by Jasmine Groves, who had 13 assists, five kills and five digs, and by Zoe Rice, who added five kills, six digs and three aces.

Also for Fostoria, Momo Jones smashed 5 kills and 15 digs while serving two aces, and

Dashani Taylor registered 23 digs. Kamari Godfrey put up six digs, and Ali Sierra served three aces.

The Black Knights will play in the finals at 3 p.m. Saturday against Milbury Lake.