Programs that have solid ground floors will always end up rising to the top, no matter what the circumstance ends up being.
On Monday afternoon, the Northwest boys soccer program, along with the Notre Dame and Wheelersburg volleyball programs, each made an appearance among the state’s elite as the Mohawks maintained a receiving votes slot in the OSSCA Division III Boys Soccer Poll while Notre Dame reappeared in the 20th position in the latest Division IV OHSVCA Poll. Wheelersburg, meanwhile, made its first appearance inside the Division III OHSVCA Volleyball Poll as the Lady Pirates garnered eight points to obtain the 20th position in the rankings.
Northwest, who added to a wonderful season by obtaining a 7-2 victory over Wheelersburg, continues to leave nothing to chance as the Mohawks have obtained a 14-0-0 record and have outscored their opposition by a 101-18 tally throughout the duration of the year en route to an SOC II Championship. Harald Rundquist collected five goals en route to leading Northwest, who has outscored its opponents in 12 of its last 14 affairs, to the victory.
Notre Dame, who obtained a 20th-place ranking in the latest OHSVCA Poll, collected a total of nine points to tie for the slot in the rankings. The Titans are 14-5 overall on the year and have already wrapped up the SOC I title outright with two games left to play in the regular season.
For the year, Lexi Smith has been nothing less than dominant as the senior has collected 331 kills, a .499 attack percentage, 70 total blocks (36 solo), and 203 digs, which all lead the team. Clara Hash and Katie Dettwiller have posted 145 and 134 kills, respectively, with Dettwiller adding 41 blocks and Hash collecting 151 digs to round out a strong frontline effort. Cassie Schaefer has collected 511 assists to set the strong frontline up.
In the back, Schaefer (105 digs, 36 aces), Ali Smith (170 digs, 111 service receptions, 35 aces), and Taylor Schmidt (188 service receptions, 146 digs, 22 aces) have all been critical to Notre Dame’s success in 2017 as the Lady Titans went on to claim its fifth consecutive SOC I Championship.
As for the Wheelersburg volleyball program, the Lady Pirates, who clinched their fourth consecutive SOC II Championship last Thursday, have only dropped one match and seven sets all year.
Alli McQuay (193 kills, .275 hitting percentage) and Mallory Bergan (178 spikes, .375 hitting percentage) have led Wheelersburg from the frontline all year long. Bergan and McQuay have also combined for 60 blocks, while the latter has added 19 aces, to head a spectacular effort from the sophomore duo in 2017. Junior standout Abbie Kallner has added 456 assists to head the frontline attack.
From a backline standout, Kallner (22 aces), Ellie Ruby (370 digs, 283 service receptions, 33 aces), and Mia Darnell (119 service receptions, 115 digs, 21 aces) have all brought critical upperclassman leadership and production for the Lady Pirates, who are 18-1 on the year.
Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7