Over the past week, there have been many great performances.
But through all of those, several familiar units have stood tall through them.
Check out their showings and more on the latest version of the Daily Times’ sports roundup!
Notre Dame def. Western, 3-0 (25-7, 25-16, 25-13)
As they have continued to do over the past several season, the Notre Dame Titans’ volleyball program again controlled an SOC I matchup from start to finish as Notre Dame defeated Western, 25-7, 25-16, 25-13 in a Thursday evening matchup between the two programs.
Once again, Lexi Smith and Clara Hash proved to be the dynamos that sparked the Notre Dame offensive attack, as the pair collected 15 and 10 kills on .520 and .333 hitting percentages, respectively — with the former adding eight digs and the latter adding 10 digs and two blocks — to lead the Lady Titans.
Katie Dettwiller added eight kills and five blocks of her own, Taylor Schmidt collected 12 points from serve to go along with 10 digs and nine service receptions, Ali Smith added 13 digs, and Cassie Schaefer collected 33 assists and three blocks for Notre Dame.
The Titans will host Clay on Tuesday evening in a primo SOC I matchup.
Wheelersburg def. Minford, 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-13)
After collecting victories over Fairland and South Webster to start the 2017 campaign, the Wheelersburg Pirates’ volleyball program continued its roll as the Lady Pirates collected another straight-set victory over Minford (25-14, 25-17, 25-13) to start the year with a 3-0 mark under new head coach Allen Perry.
Mia Darnell, Ellie Ruby, and Alli McQuay each proved to be huge from all over the court as the trio collected over 10 points apiece, with Darnell supplying 16 points and six digs, Ruby collecting 14 points and 17 digs, and McQuay adding 12 points, nine kills, eight digs, and an ace en route to a whale of an all-around performance.
Adyson Rase’s season and career-high nine kills, along with nine kills from Mallory Bergan and 26 assists from Abbie Kallner, were each critical stats in the outcome for Wheelersburg.
The Lady Pirates will host Oak Hill on Tuesday evening while Minford will travel to West on Tuesday as the pair square off in a pair of SOC II matches.
Clay def. Green, 3-0 (25-5, 25-11, 25-7)
Behind an outstanding effort from Taylor Lewis, the Clay Panthers’ volleyball program, like Wheelersburg before it, also wasted no time in collecting a straight-set victory over Green (25-5, 25-11, 25-7) en route to moving to 4-1 on the season.
From the outset, Lewis proved to be a dominant force across the net for Clay as the junior collected 13 points from serve to go along with 10 aces, nine kills, four digs, three service receptions, and one solo and assisted block apiece — outstanding numbers for any match, but especially a match that is just three sets long.
Behind Lewis, Lila Brown also put up a tremendous effort of her own by collecting a team-high 14 points from serve as well as 26 assists and seven aces for the match, while Jensen Warnock was her usual stellar self in garnering 10 kills, six digs, and six service receptions. Shaelyn Vassar continued her standout efforts from the backline by garnering 12 points from serve, six service receptions, five digs, and four aces, respectively, while Delanie Gilliland collected 10 kills to allow Jill Tipton’s unit to roll to its third straight victory.
As mentioned, Clay will now turn its attention to Notre Dame in what is expected to be a primo SOC I matchup between the two programs on Tuesday evening.
Northwest improves to 2-2 with wins over Minford, West
With their victories over the past week, the Northwest volleyball program was able to improve to 2-2 on the season with victories over Minford and West.
Addi Newman paced the unit over the two-game stretch with 15 assists, 12 kills, 10 blocks, and 36 digs, while Mollie Ferrar has helped to spearhead the attack with her 258 assists and 33 digs. Abby Mitchell and Mikayla McGuire have combined to record 44 digs from the backline, while Alexis Lute (22 digs, 21 kills) and Laiken Rice (18 assists, 16 digs) have been a constant presence up and down the Lady Mohawk lines. The all-around abilities of Abby Baer (12 kills, 10 blocks, eight digs, and six assists) along with Gracie Ferrar (23 assists, six kills, three blocks, and three digs) rounded out a strong effort for Northwest during the week.
The Lady Mohawks will play at Waverly on Tuesday evening in an SOC II matchup.
South Webster 4, Clay 1
As has been the case throughout Corey Claxon’s tenure within the South Webster High School soccer program, the Jeeps have used a fast-striking offense and a suffocating defense to wear down the opposition. On Thursday, that factoid continued to ring true as South Webster continued to show its strength against Southeastern Ohio competition by moving to 2-0 on the young 2017 season with a 4-1 victory over the Clay Panthers in Rosemount.
For Claxon, it was another quality win for a South Webster program that looks to be well on its way to yet another fine soccer season.
“I felt like we controlled the game well, but Clay defended well and kept a lot of guys back on their half,” Claxon said. “Many of our shots were blocked by defenders, and their keeper made a few really nice saves to keep the game close. Our center mids did well controlling the game and our defense probably should have had a shutout, but we move forward with a conference win.”
Initially, South Webster was able to strike early on in the affair thanks to a sixth-minute goal by Sam Holstein off of the leg of Shiloah Blevins. When Clay answered with a 15th minute goal off of the feet of Marco Valle, Blevins took matters into his own hands and — thanks to an assist from Braden Martin — collected the game-winning goal in the 22nd minute as the Jeeps went into halftime with a 2-1 lead.
“We got on the scoreboard fairly early with a nice goal from Sam,” Claxon said. “That is important in games, but they equalized on a direct kick from about 35 yards out that got up and over Tanner (Voiers’) hands. Shiloah got what is considered the game winning goal later in the first half and that was it for a big part of the game.”
For much of the second half, South Webster controlled play on its end, but couldn’t come up come up with a goal that would put the game out of reach. That all changed in the 78th and 79th minutes, when Blevins used his 6-5 length to pound a pair of shots to the back of the net as the Jeeps moved to 2-0 behind Blevins’ three goals and one assist.
In addition to Blevins’ work, Holstein collected a goal and an assist, while Martin and Collins added one assist apiece to close the game out.
With the victory, South Webster holds a great deal of momentum heading into a matchup against Valley in Lucasville on Tuesday. Clay fell to 0-4 on the year with the loss and will look to put things together in a contest against New Boston on Thursday evening at home.
South Webster, 1-0, Sam Holstein, sixth minute. Assisted by Shiloah Blevins.
Clay, 1-1, Marco Valle, 15th minute. Unassisted.
South Webster, 2-1. Shiloah Blevins, 22nd minute. Assisted by Braden Martin.
South Webster, 3-1. Shiloah Blevins, 78th minute. Assisted by Sam Holstein.
South Webster, 4-1. Shiloah Blevins, 79th minute. Assisted by Ty Collins.
Valley 5, New Boston 4
In what was quite possibly one of the more thrilling soccer matches of the year so far, the Valley Indians managed to overcome a 2-0 deficit over the first eight minutes of play to take a 3-2 lead en route to eventually winning by a 5-4 tally over the New Boston Tigers in a thrilling affair played at Valley High School.
After getting two unassisted tallies from Tyler Caldwell (sixth minute) and Kade Conley (eighth minute), respectively, New Boston looked to be well on its way to a big victory over Valley. However, the Indians had other ideas.
Behind a 10th minute penalty kick from Cayton Ruby, a 12th minute goal off of a corner kick from Brandon Phillips, and a 25th minute unassisted goal from Hunter Greathouse, Valley not only stormed back to make the contest interesting, but turn the entire tide of the affair in taking a 3-2 advantage.
Then, even after a brilliant strike from Malaki Potts in the 36th minute, Cameron Phillips came back with goals in the 37th and 39th minutes of play en route to obtaining a 5-3 lead at halftime. New Boston made a vailant run at Valley behind a 55th minute goal from Conley via a penalty kick, but could not overcome Valley’s five first half goals as the Indians edged the Tigers by the aforementioned 5-4 tally.
With the victory, Valley improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in SOC I conference play with the victory preceding a big SOC I meeting against South Webster. The loss drops New Boston to 0-3 with a road bout against Clay awaiting the Tigers.
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