‘Burg, Clay, ND keep on rolling

PHS tennis throttles Ironton

By Kevin Colley - [email protected]


Thursday (9/21)

Wheelersburg def. South Webster, 3-1 (25-17, 17-25, 25-14, 25-12)

Behind a strong all-around effort, the Wheelersburg Pirates’ volleyball program continued to have its way inside the SOC II ranks as Wheelersburg straight-set South Webster, 3-1, in a conference matchup on Thursday evening in Wheelersburg.

After defeating the Lady Jeeps in three hard-fought sets in a Aug. 29 matchup that was held at South Webster, the Lady Jeeps took the Lady Pirates to four sets on their own home floor. Ultimately, however, the all-around performances of Mallory Bergan, who collected an astounding eight blocks to go along with 12 digs and 11 kills, and Alli McQuay, who added 21 service points, 13 kills, five digs, and an ace on Thursday evening, were too much for South Webster to overcome.

“This game was intense from the first serve,” Wheelersburg head coach Allen Perry said. “(South Webster head coach Darcee Claxon) had them ready to play and fired up, and they just didn’t let up. We had to fight hard for every one of our points tonight.

Abbie Kallner added 27 assists, 15 digs, five service points, and a block to initiate the offensive attack, while Ellie Ruby collected a team-high 29 digs to go along with 15 service points for the Lady Pirates, who improved to 11-1 on the season and 8-0 in SOC II play.

Wheelersburg will host Minford at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. South Webster (2-10) will make the trek to Waverly for a match that will start at the same time.

Clay def. East, 3-0 (25-2, 25-4, 25-5)

Behind an incredible 33 points from serve and 14 aces by Delanie Gilliland, the Clay Panthers’ volleyball program collected yet another victory as Clay moved right on past East in straight sets, 25-2, 25-4, 25-5, on Thursday evening in Rosemount.

Gilliland, who has starred from all positions on the floor all season long, added five digs to her standout performance. Lila Brown collected 30 assists and seven points from serve while Jensen Warnock added 20 kills, seven additional points from serve, and four digs for Clay, who improved to 12-2 on the year and 7-1 in SOC I play.

Shaelyn Vassar’s 12 points from serve, five aces, and four digs, Taylor Lewis’ eight kills, Hannah Phipps’ three service receptions and two aces, and Savannah Moore’s five kills and a block were among the standout efforts in the Lady Panthers’ victory — their seventh in a row.

Clay will get back to business on Monday evening with a nonconference matchup at home against West at 5:30 p.m. East, meanwhile, will look to get back on the right track against Manchester in a nonconference matchup that will be held on Saturday.

Notre Dame def. Green, 3-0 (25-6, 25-10, 25-0)

Behind a wonderful performance, the Notre Dame Titans’ volleyball program completed a rarity on Thursday evening by shutting the Green Bobcats’ volleyball program completely out of points during the third set of a straight set victory en route to a 25-6, 25-10, 25-0 SOC I victory over Green on Thursday evening at Notre Dame High School.

Throughout the evening, Ali Smith proved to be outstanding from the back row as Smith collected an astounding 30 service points and 11 aces on 31 service attempts during the evening. The senior did not commit a single error during the match. Lexi Smith and Cassie Schaefer combined for 24 points and 10 aces apiece, with the pair only committing one error apiece all game from a serving standpoint.

From a hitting perspective, Lexi Smith collected a strong 15 kills on just 19 attack attempts for a .684 hitting percentage — committing just two errors during the entire match — while also adding four blocks to the table. Fellow frontline player Clara Hash added a dozen kills on 16 attempts for a .562 attack percentage, and Schaefer added 19 assists to round out the efforts in the front row.

Taylor Schmidt added seven digs for the Lady Titans, who improved to 10-4 on the season while keeping their unblemished SOC I mark intact at 7-0.

Notre Dame will play at Chillicothe Unioto on Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. in what will be another nonconference affair. Green, meanwhile, will return to action on Tuesday evening, when the Bobcats host Clay at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday (9/20)

North Adams def. Notre Dame, 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-22)

On Wednesday evening, the Notre Dame volleyball program put up a tough fight, but fell to North Adams by a 3-0 count (25-19, 25-18, 25-22) in a nonconference bout that was played in Portsmouth.

Once again, Lexi Smith proved to be the star of the Lady Titans’ offensive attack as Smith collected 13 kills and committed just one attack error while collecting a .480 attack percentage. The senior do-it-all athlete added a team-high 16 digs in 16 service receptions to boot and collected another team-high in blocks, with five.

From a serving standpoint, Lexi Smith, along with Ali Smith, Ava Hassel, and Clara Hash each collected a 100 percent serving percentage mark on 35 combined service attempts. The quartet combined for 15 points off of those serves to keep the close close throughout. Hassel, along with Katie Dettwiller, also added two blocks apiece for Notre Dame, while Hassel and Hash collected eight digs apiece.

Cassie Schaefer’s 22 assists and eight digs, along with Taylor Schmidt’s 13 digs, were among the standout lines for Notre Dame on Wednesday.


Tuesday (9/19)

Match 1 — Portsmouth 5, Ironton 0

In a pair of matches that were played to an eight-game pro set, the Portsmouth Trojans annihilated the Ironton Tigers in both affairs by 5-0 counts on Tuesday evening.

Portsmouth, who dominated play throughout during both matches, won by a combined tally of 48-9 in the matches that weren’t forfeited by Ironton. Lauren Coleman won two singles matches while Emma Coleman was a part of two doubles match victories. Lauren Coleman, along with Avery Wolfe, collected 8-0 victories over Reece Stager and Katelyn Caskey, respectively, while Sarah Lemaster, Rylee Moorhead, and Sara Born were a part of match victories that collected a combined set score of 24-7 on the evening.

No. 1 singles — Avery Wolfe (Portsmouth) def. Katelyn Caskey (Ironton) 8-0

No. 2 singles — Lauren Coleman (Portsmouth) def. Reece Stager (Ironton) 8-2

No. 3 singles — Forfeit by IHS

No. 1 doubles — Emma Coleman/Rylee Moorhead (Portsmouth) def. Hannah Laynd/Holly Dutey (Ironton) 8-2

No. 2 doubles — Forfeit by IHS

Match 2 — Portsmouth 5, Ironton 0

No. 1 singles — Sarah Lemaster (Portsmouth) def. Katelyn Caskey (Ironton) 8-1

No. 2 singles — Lauren Coleman (Portsmouth) def. Reece Stager (Ironton) 8-0

No. 3 singles — Forfeit by IHS

No. 1 doubles — Emma Coleman/Sara Born (Portsmouth) def. Hannah Laynd/Holly Dutey (IHS) 8-4

No. 2 doubles — Forfeit by IHS

PHS tennis throttles Ironton

By Kevin Colley

[email protected]

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7