‘Burg, Clay, ND win in straight sets

By Kevin Colley - kcolley@aimmediamidwest.com

Tuesday (10/3)


Northwest 7, Wheelersburg 2

Behind an amazing five-goal output from Harald Rundquist, the Northwest Mohawks’ boys soccer program was able to break away from a 1-1 tie in the first half against the Wheelersburg Pirates’ boys soccer program en route to another big SOC II victory — this one of the 7-2 variety — on Tuesday evening at Ed Miller Stadium in Wheelersburg.

Over the course of the first half of play, the Mohawks and the Pirates proved to be fairly even throughout as the duo battled to a 1-1 tie during the first half of action in a highly competitive half of play. Rundquist’s pass to Tyler Webb, who scored 26 minutes into the first half, was answered 13 minutes later by another blast from the talented Athan Temponeras in the 39th minute to tie the score as the first half of play came to a close.

However, Josh Keeney’s program, as it has done all year long, has been a second-half program.

And true to form, the Mohawks got into gear behind the play of Rundquist, who wasted no time turning the tide of the affair by obtaining a hat trick with goals in the 41st, 48th, and 50th minutes to turn a 1-1 tie into a 4-1 Northwest lead. Then, after Webb and Wheelersburg’s Alex Morris exchanged tallies in the 62nd and 66th minutes, respectively, Rundquist capped off his brilliant performance by scoring twice in the game’s final two minutes to cap off a brilliant performance.

“I thought that we got off to a slow start and Wheelersburg outplayed us in the first half,” Keeney said. “We made some adjustments with our forwards since they were playing a sweeper, and it paid off big in the second half. I thought our pace and style of play got to them midway through the second half as well. It definitely was a hard fought game by both sides. We’re glad to come home with the win; it’s always hard to go to ‘Burg and do that!

With the victory, Northwest improved to 14-0 overall and 8-0 in SOC II conference play. The Mohawks will host Adena in a nonconference bout on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

Tuesday (10/3)


Clay def. New Boston, 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 26-24)

In three hard-fought sets, the Clay Panthers’ volleyball program, behind 16 kills, 13 points from serve, and four aces from Delanie Gilliland, were able to collect its second straight victory in as many days as Clay fended off a strong challenge from the New Boston volleyball program (25-14, 25-17, 26-24) on Tuesday evening in New Boston.

Gilliland, a talented junior frontline hitter, not only led the team in each of the aforementioned categories, but also added seven service receptions to head a strong effort from the Clay contingent.

In addition to Gilliland, Taylor Lewis (13 kills, eight digs, six points from serve, one solo block, and four assisted blocks), Jensen Warnock (15 digs, 14 service receptions, 12 kills, six points from serve, three aces, and three assisted blocks) and Lila Brown (32 assists, 10 points from serve, assisted block) were vital in the end result for the Lady Panthers.

Shaelyn Vassar’s 18 service receptions and two aces, along with Shaley Munion’s 12 digs and one assist also were critical for Clay, who improved to 16-3 overall and 9-2 in SOC I action.

With the win, Clay will turn its attention to another SOC I conference foe in Western. The Lady Panthers will host the Lady Indians on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Notre Dame def. Symmes Valley, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-5)

Over the course of her career, Lexi Smith has proven to be a force to be reckoned with on the high school volleyball court.

Even with that fact in mind, however, there have been many times where the 6-0 middle hitter has put together performances that are hard to believe, even considering her massive abilities.

On Tuesday evening, Smith had one of those nights as the senior collected an astounding 22 kills on a .690 attack percentage, 12 digs, and five aces en route to willing the Notre Dame Titans’ volleyball program to a straight-set victory over Symmes Valley (25-19, 25-19, 25-5) on Tuesday evening in Portsmouth.

Smith, who is committed to play at Division II Wheeling Jesuit University next fall, only had two attack errors over the entirety of the match en route to her .690 attack percentage, obtained 15 points from serve, and collected four assisted blocks en route to an incredible effort that moved Notre Dame to 13-5 overall and 11-0 in conference play.

Cassie Schaefer’s 29 assists, five aces, and three assisted blocks, perfect serving percentages from Ali Smith, Ava Hassel, and Alex Glockner, and 10 kills and three assisted blocks from Katie Dettwiller fueled the Lady Titans to victory in Tuesday’s affair as Notre Dame swept its conference matches against the Lady Vikings in 2017.

With Tuesday’s victory, Notre Dame can clinch the SOC I title outright with a road victory over Eastern on Thursday evening. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m.

Wheelersburg def. Northwest, 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-15)

Behind an impressive 31-assist, seven-dig performance from Abbie Kallner and a 12-kill, 10-dig showing from Mallory Bergan, the Wheelersburg Pirates’ volleyball program was able to move to 15-1 overall and 11-0 in SOC II action by claming a straight-set victory over Northwest (25-16, 25-10, 25-15) on Tuesday evening in Wheelersburg.

Kallner, who also added two kills, an ace, and a block on the evening, sprayed out passes to seven different Lady Pirates on the evening while finishing the evening just 26 assists away from 1,000 for her career. Bergan added two blocks in addition to her aforementioned totals to head up the frontline.

Ellie Ruby’s 18 digs, Adyson Rase’s nine kills, three digs, and a block, and Alli McQuay’s seven kills, three digs, two aces, and a block also proved to be huge in the Lady Pirates’ winning efforts as Wheelersburg collected its seventh straight victory.

“Abbie really moved the ball around tonight with seven players receiving kills,” Wheelersburg head coach Allen Perry said. “It was also nice to see outside hitter Adyson Rase swing with confidence. She had some great hits all over the court tonight.”

With the victory, the Lady Pirates will turn their attention to Waverly, whom they will host on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.

By Kevin Colley


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