McDERMOTT — Simply put, welcome back Lady Mohawks.
That’s because the Northwest High School volleyball team captured its first sectional championship since 2014 on Saturday — winning over visiting Leesburg Fairfield 25-17, 23-25, 25-11 and 25-22 in a Division III final at Northwest High School.
The Lady Mohawks handled the Lady Lions in sets one and three, overcoming a close second-set loss (25-23) to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth set.
Northwest then finished out the match by winning the final game 25-22.
With the victory, the fourth-seeded Lady Mohawks raised their record to 16-7, and — more importantly — advanced to this week’s Division III district tournament against undefeated Wheelersburg.
Northwest will face Wheelersburg for the third and final time this season on Thursday at Waverly High School— in a district semifinal at 6 p.m.
This was the first season for fifth-seeded Fairfield as a Division III program, as the Lions are a longtime Division IV competitor.
For the Lady Mohawks, Saturday’s victory started — and ended — with its standout sophomore setter, as Reagan Lewis landed a career-high 40 assists.
Lewis set up the likes of Ava Jenkins, Haidyn Wamsley, Valerie Eury, Addisyn Newman and Audrey Knittel — as Jenkins with 12, Wamsley with 11, Eury with nine, Newman with seven and Knittel with six were the Lady Mohawks’ team leaders in kills.
Jenkins also had three blocks, while Wamsley and Knittel notched two apiece.
Eury, along with 11 digs and four service receptions, served up 14 points including three aces.
Jenkins with 11 and Lewis with 10 also reached double figures in digs.
The Mohawks’ leading defender was libero Lydia Emmons, who amassed a career-high 20 digs — along with six service receptions.
She paced Northwest with 22 service points and five ace serves, as Jenkins, Newman and Lewis landed one ace apiece.
Lewis also served for six points.
Wheelersburg sweeps Portsmouth
WHEELERSBURG — The Wheelersburg Lady Pirates picked up on Saturday where they left off in the regular season.
That was winning big, and not losing a single solitary set.
The top-seeded and undefeated Lady Pirates — in a Division III sectional championship match — swept Portsmouth 25-16, 25-14 and 25-11 to move to 23-0.
Wheelersburg also kept its historic perfect set streak intact, having now won 64 games of 64 total games played.
These Lady Pirates are the first such team in school history to not drop a single game in the regular season (61 sets).
Kylee Barney paced Wheelersburg on Saturday with 13 kills and five blocks, as Mallory Bergan and Ally McQuay contributed 11 kills apiece.
Bergan also had one block, as setter Lauren Jolly set for 42 assists.
Kaylee Darnell was the top defender with 13 digs, as Bergan added eight.
Bergan’s all-around good match also included 10 service points and three aces, as Emily Boggs bagged three aces — in addition to her match-high 18 service points.
The Pirates play next on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Waverly High School — against fellow Southern Ohio Conference Division II member Northwest.
Northwest won its first sectional championship since 2014, defeating Leesburg Fairfield in four games.
Wheelersburg and Northwest will play for the third and final time this season in the district semifinals at Waverly.
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