Tornadoes get fast start, roll past Tygers

Columbian sweeps Mansfield Senior, will face Lexington Thursday in Norwalk in finals

PHOTO BY ZACH BAKER Columbian’s Olivia Jacobs sets the ball as teammate Rylie Roggow prepares to make a play on it during a Division II sectional semifinal match against Mansfield Senior in Tiffin.

Columbian controlled things for the most part against Mansfield Senior.

The Tornadoes jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the Tygers in Game 1 of Tuesday’s Division II sectional semifinal, and won it 25-7.

The second game was a struggle, but Columbian broke a 17-all tie with an 8-1 run to win 25-18, then swept the match with a 25-12 Game 3 victory.

It was a postseason sweep.

But Columbian coach Hope Boes said there’s more work to be done between now and Thursday, when TC travels to Norwalk to take on Lexington in the sectional finals at 5:30 p.m.

“We have to play together as a team, we have to communicate, talk more, consistently put the ball away and continue to work on our fundamentals,” Boes said. “I know this late in the season that sounds … you know, we should probably have that down, but there’s always room for improvement on fundamentals.”

Columbian’s Rylie Roggow had a big match, with two aces, 13 kills, one assist, four digs and three blocks. She agreed with her coach.

When asked how the Tornadoes can capitalize on the momentum created Tuesday, she said it was simple.

“We just work in practice,” she said. “Work on passing, work on everything that needs to be done, so we can hopefully get the win on Thursday.”

In the first game, Olivia Jacobs’ serving helped the Tornadoes gain the early advantage. Her kill later in that game put TC up 18-7. It was in an 8-0 run that finished the game.

Boes said things were clicking.

“Our hitters killing the ball in the front row right away,” she said. “Serves being in, passes being on.”

Jacobs had three kills, 16 assists and six digs in the match, while Toria Ingalls added two aces, five kills, five digs and two blocks.

Boes was asked about Ingalls, who did a little bit of everything Tuesday.

“Toria is my other middle. She does a good job. She’s a very powerful hitter, a smart player,” Boes said.

But despite the early success, the Tornadoes stumbled early in Game 2, and trailed Mansfield Senior 14-13.

“We just gotta work in practice and work as a team, communicate more,” Boes said, “things we’ve been working on all year that we’ve been getting better at as we go along.”

Still, the Tornadoes overcame the struggles, again using an 8-0 run to close things out in Game 2.

Roggow was asked about the key to the late surge.

“Our teamwork and our communication,” she said. “Our energy was low, but we still managed to pull through and get the win.”

Columbian opened up a 15-4 lead in Game 3 after an Ingalls kill, and rolled to a match-clinching victory.

“It was really important to get our groove back,” Roggow said. “It helped us have our energy stay high, and then finish out.”

Other Tornadoes had strong matches.

Amara Solomon smashed nine kills and added 13 digs, while Kenadie Sherman served five aces and dished 15 assists to go with six digs. Kate Ledwedge had two aces and five digs.