Wheelersburg def. Waverly, 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-7)
After starting the 2017 campaign with a 5-0 record, the Wheelersburg Pirates’ volleyball program continued its roll on the road on Tuesday evening as the Lady Pirates defeated a strong Waverly Lady Tigers’ program in straight sets (25-18, 25-13, 25-7) on Tuesday evening in Waverly.
Once again, Wheelersburg jumped out to its early advantage thanks to an outstanding effort from its core group of players. Mallory Bergan collected a team-high and career-best 14 kils in addition to 11 service points, three aces, three digs, and a block while Alli McQuay continued her standout campaign with eight kills, nine service points, seven digs, and two aces. Abbie Kallner notched 28 assists to go along with seven digs, two aces, and two kills to complete the frontline efforts as the Lady Pirates added 31 kills.
“This was a big win for us tonight,” Wheelersburg head coach Allen Perry said. “The girls knew how important it would be to play at our best tonight. We knew that Waverly is having a very good season and would have a nice crowd out to greet us. After a little bit of a slow start in the first set, I saw a lot of the things come together for us that assistant coaches Tricia Boggs and Kayla White, as well as myself, have been working on. Its always good to see some improvement but its really nice when it comes together in a big game.”
Seniors Ellie Ruby, who collected 20 digs, 16 service points, and two aces, and Mia Darnell, who added seven digs, seven service points, an ace, and a 100 percent serve and serve reception, anchored the defense for the Lady Pirates, who improved to 6-0 on the year.
Wheelersburg will play West on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.
Notre Dame def. Eastern, 3-0 (25-9, 25-9, 25-10)
Behind another dominating effort from its frontline, the Notre Dame Titans’ volleyball program continued to roll on as Notre Dame notched another straight-set defeat over an SOC I opponent by defeating the Eastern Lady Eagles, 3-0 (25-9, 25-9, 25-10) in a conference battle at Notre Dame High School on Tuesday evening.
For the entirety of the match, Katie Dettwiller proved to be nothing short of a dominant force as the 6-4 junior collected an astonishing 11 kills in just 14 attack attempts for a ridiculous .786 attack percentage. Dettwiller didn’t commit a single error over the entirety of the three-set match.
In addition to Dettwiller’s efforts, Lexi Smith and Clara Hash proved to be their usual selves as Smith collected 15 kills, a .542 attack percentage, and five blocks (four solo) while Hash added 11 kills on a .304 attack percentage. Cassie Schaefer added 34 assists to head the offensive onslaught.
Defensively, Smith and Taylor Schmidt led the way with nine digs apiece, while Schaefer and Hash added eight and Ali Smith seven for Notre Dame, who improved to 6-1 over the 2017 campaign.
The Lady Titans will play at East on Thursday evening in an SOC I affair that will start at 5:30 p.m.
Clay def. Western, 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 26-24)
Behind two outstanding efforts from Delanie Gilliland and Lila Brown, the Clay Panthers’ volleyball program continued to roll as the Lady Panthers outlasted Western, 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 26-24) on Tuesday evening in Latham.
Gilliland, who collected a season-high 20 kills, and Brown, who added her own season-best with a staggering 43 assists, headed the charge for Clay, with Gilliland adding 10 service receptions, seven service points, four aces, two blocks, and an assist to head the Lady Panthers’ charge on all fronts.
In addition to Brown’s and Gilliland’s efforts, Jensen Warnock and Taylor Lewis were dependable as usual, as Warnock collected 19 service receptions, 16 digs, 14 kills, six points from serve, and three aces while Lewis added 17 points from serving, 13 kills, 10 service receptions, and seven aces. Defensively, Shaelyn Vassar, along with promising freshman talent Shaley Munion, combined to collect 25 digs to round out the winning effort for the Lady Panthers.
Clay, who improved to 6-2 on the year and 4-1 in SOC I action, will host Symmes Valley on Thursday evening in a conference matchup.
South Webster 7, New Boston 0
Behind another dominating effort from the entire South Webster boys soccer program, Corey Claxon’s Jeeps were able to take home yet another victory in 2017 by defeating the New Boston Tigers, 7-0, in a SOC I matchup that was played in South Webster on Tuesday evening.
The Jeeps, who improved to 4-0-1 on the year, never looked back from the opening tap as South Webster scored three goals in the first four minutes of action to collect a 3-0 lead early in the first half. Samuel Holstein added the first pair of goals in the 19th and 22nd minutes on assists from Ty Collins and Devyn Coriell, and Coriell came back to add his own strike — one of the unassisted variety — in the 23rd minute. A dozen minutes later, Shiloah Blevins scored off of an assist from Dee Thompson to collect a 4-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, South Webster continued rolling. Holstein took a pass from Braden Martin and blasted home his third goal of the contest to obtain the hat trick just three minutes into the second half, and Martin followed just two minutes later by assisting on a Gabe Ruth blast to allow the Jeeps to collect a 6-0 lead by the 45th minute. Mass substitutions occurred after that, with Cayden Richmond scoring off of a pass from Jacob Wright in the 76th minute to close out the scoring.
“In spite of the rain that fell today, the field was in good shape and we added a conference win,” Claxon said. “Once again, it took a little time to get on the board, but once we scored the first one, several more followed. I think we took care of things in the first half and that meant a lot of the young guys got in for the 2nd half. That’s how we keep the tradition of good soccer going on year after year. I like to get the future players in the game as much as possible and they did a nice job too in keeping the shutout.”
With the victory, the Jeeps will keep its undefeated record intact preceding a primo nonconference matchup at Athens. Game time is at 7:30 p.m.
Wheelersburg 7, Waverly 3
Over the course of the 2017 season, the Wheelersburg Pirates’ girls soccer program has found itself ranked in the top-10 on a regular basis in the OSSCA Girls Division III Poll.
And on Tuesday evening, Wheelersburg proved itself once again as the Lady Pirates stormed back from another early deficit to win going away, 7-3, in a SOC II battle in Waverly on Tuesday evening.
Wheelersburg, who fell behind by a 2-1 tally to the Lady Tigers early on in the first half after Zoiee Smith and Loran Moran struck for Waverly, garnered a 25-yard direct kick from Sophie Hagans to tie the score at two apiece with 17 minutes to play in the first half. Then, Libby Miller, who scored Wheelersburg’s opening goal, took a pass from Madison Humble and punched it home in the 35th minute. Humble then followed with a goal of her own shortly thereafter to give Wheelersburg the lead for good, 4-2, at the halftime break, and Miller added two additional tallies in the second half as the Lady Pirates pulled away for the 7-3 victory.
Overall, Miller led the way with four goals, while Humble added a goal and two assists on the evening to head the Lady Pirates’ efforts. Moran and Smith combined for all three of Waverly’s goals to aid the Lady Tigers.
Both units will turn around for big SOC II contests on Thursday evening as Wheelersburg will host West while Waverly will host Minford. Both contests start at 5 p.m.
North Adams 4, Minford 2
After giving up three goals in the opening half of play, the Minford Falcons’ girls soccer program salvaged Monday evening’s home loss to North Adams by scoring a pair of goals in the second half to acquit themselves nicely against the Green Devils in a 4-2 defeat.
North Adams’ Lakyn Hupp, along with Brooklyn Wylie and Mary Sonner, each scored unassisted goals in the eighth, 13th, and 33rd minutes to put the Green Devils ahead by a 3-0 tally at halftime.
“Well, the first half was frustrating,” Minford head coach Shane Tieman said. “We played well, but the first three goals shouldn’t have happened. We made some mental mistakes that caused the goals. I’d say my team did well physically for eighty minutes against an extremely physical North Adams team. I would like to see eighty minutes of total mental focus.”
In the second half, Minford showed said mental focus by outscoring North Adams, 2-1 as Emily Shoemaker’s goal on an assist by Ali Brumfield in the 59th minute and an unassisted goal by Erin Daniels in the 61st tally allowed the Lady Falcons to close the final margin to two. North Adams’ Marissa Buttlewerth scored on an unassisted mark in the 60th to close out the scoring.
“I was very pleased with our effort in the second half,” Tieman said. “We didn’t give up. We recognized we could play with North Adams.”
Minford will take to the road on Thursday for another massive conference tilt at Waverly. Game time is set for 5 p.m.
Waverly 9, Washington Court House 1
Behind an astonishing eight goals combined from the strong duo of Smith and Moran, the Waverly Lady Tigers were able to drill Washington Court House, 9-1, in a contest that was played last Thursday in Waverly.
Smith, who collected five goals on the evening, and Moran, who added three of her own blasts, continued their impressive freshman campaigns as the Lady Tigers rolled on to the victory. Breanna Murphy added the remaining goal for Waverly.
“We started out a little slow at the beginning,” Waverly head coach Chris Murphy said. “It was to see us find our rhythm and start putting combinations of passes together to exploit the space. Washington Court House ran an effective offsides trap, but once we adjusted to the trap, we did a nice job of exploiting the space and capitalizing on the opportunities that were available to us.”
Moran, Breanna Murphy, Alexis Murphy (two assists), and Hannah Goodman all added at least one assist on the evening. Waverly improved to 5-0 with the victory in a contest that preceded the showdown with Wheelersburg.
Portsmouth 5, Jackson 0
The Portsmouth Trojans’ girls tennis program continued its roll by defeating the Jackson Ironmen, 5-0, in a road contest that was played at Jackson High School.
The Trojans, who featured Avery Wolfe, Lauren Coleman, and Sarah Lemaster in singles play, tore up the competition as Portsmouth won 36 of the 38 sets available in singles action. Wolfe and Lemaster swept Emma Mathews and Racquel Creamer in straight sets, while Coleman collected a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Elizabeth Balzer to give the Lady Trojans the match victory.
In doubles play, much of the dominance that occurred in singles play continued as doubles play commenced, with the doubles duos of Rylee Moorhead/Elysia Copley-Lucas and Emma Coleman/Sara Born combining to collect 21 of the 25 available sets played en route to obtaining the sweep for Portsmouth.
No. 1 singles — Avery Wolfe (Portsmouth) def. Emma Mathews (Jackson) 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 singles — Lauren Coleman (Portsmouth) def. Elizabeth Balzer (Jackson) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 singles — Sarah Lemaster (Portsmouth) def. Racquel Creamer (Jackson) 6-0, 6-0
No. 1 doubles — Rylee Moorhead/Elysia Copley-Lucas (Portsmouth) def. Caitlin Camp/Trinity Montgomery (Jackson) 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 doubles — Emma Coleman/Sara Born (Portsmouth) def. Madi Richards/Amie Waugh (Jackson) 6-0, 6-1
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