Wheelersburg def. West, 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-16)
Behind the play of freshman setter Lauren Jolly and junior frontline player Adyson Rase, the Wheelersburg Pirates’ volleyball program continued its roll amongst its SOC II competition as Wheelersburg improved to 19-1 overall and 13-0 in SOC II action with a 3-0 victory over West (25-21, 25-18, 25-16) on Tuesday evening in West Portsmouth.
Jolly, who started in place of Abbie Kallner — who sat out Tuesday’s contest due to a nagging injury — performed in an excellent fashion as the freshman collected 32 assists to lead the Wheelersburg attack. Rase added a career-high 12 kills to go along with three digs and a block in proving herself as Jolly’s favorite target on the evening, while Mallory Bergan (15 digs, 11 kills, nine service points, four blocks) and Alli McQuay (17 digs, 11 service points, 10 kills, a block) rounded out a strong effort from the frontline.
“We rested Abbie tonight, so as a result, we handed over the offense to Lauren,” Wheelersburg head coach Allen Perry said. “She did a very nice job filling in her first varsity start by accumulating 32 assists on the night, and had a nice connection with Adyson Rase throughout the match.”
Ellie Ruby collected a team-high 26 digs to head the backline efforts for the Lady Pirates, who played Notre Dame on Wednesday. Wheelersburg will close its conference slate and regular season schedule on Thursday when the Lady Pirates play host to Valley.
Notre Dame def. East, 3-0 (25-2, 25-2, 25-2)
Behind another outstanding performance from Lexi Smith, the Notre Dame Titans’ volleyball program continued to roll as Notre Dame improved to 15-5 overall and 13-0 in SOC I action with a straight-set win over East (25-2, 25-2, 25-2) on Tuesday evening in Portsmouth.
Smith, who eclipsed the 1,500 kill mark for her career on Tuesday evening, didn’t commit a single attack error en route to 18 kills and a monstrous .857 attack percentage against the Lady Tartans. In addition to Smith’s attack efforts — which have the senior at 1,506 kills for her career, the 6-0 middle hitter also added 12 points from serve and two solo blocks to go along with an assisted block for the match. Katie Dettwiller, Taylor Schmidt and Sydney Whitman combined for 10 kills on the evening, while Cassie Schaefer added 25 assists and 31 points from serve to head the outstanding frontline efforts.
Clara Hash (10 aces) and Ali Smith (11 digs) were critical components on the backline for the Lady Titans, who played at Wheelersburg on Wednesday. Notre Dame will close out its SOC I conference slate and its regular season schedule against New Boston on Thursday evening.
Clay def. Symmes Valley, 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-20)
Behind 18 kills from Delanie Gilliland, 42 assists from Lila Brown, and a great all-around effort from Jensen Warnock, the Clay Panthers took care of business early and often against Symmes Valley by taking home a 3-0 victory (25-12, 25-11, 25-20) on Tuesday evening in Willow Wood.
Gilliland, who contributed the aforementioned 18 kills to the cause, also obtained eight points from serve, three aces, and an assisted block on the evening, and Warnock, who collected 14 kills, 12 digs, 11 service receptions, 10 points from serve, four aces, and an assisted block, proved to be too much for the Lady Vikings throughout the course of the evening.
Taylor Lewis’ 11 points from serve, seven kills, and a solo block, Shaelyn Vassar’s 12 service receptions, 10 digs, and two aces, and Shaley Munion’s 11 digs and five service receptions also proved to be huge for the Lady Panthers on Tuesday.
With the victory, Clay improved to 18-3 overall and 11-2 in SOC I action. The Lady Panthers will host Eastern on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. for its conference and regular season finale.
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