THURSDAY, AUGUST 27
South Webster 3, Waverly 0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-8)
The Lady Jeeps of South Webster earned their second win in as many tries, downing the Waverly Lady Tigers in straight sets on their home court.
In the win, junior Faith Maloney led South Webster with a team-high 11 kills, seven digs, and three aces. Graci Claxon finished with a team-high 10 digs as Gwen Messer finished with 10 kills. Bella Claxon had seven kills, four digs, one ace and Bri Claxon had four kills and five digs. Kendall Bender had success from the service line with four ace serves while Rylee McGraw had two kills.
South Webster is back in action on Tuesday when it faces the defending Division III regional champion Wheelersburg Lady Pirates.
Northwest 3, Eastern 0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-7)
The Northwest Lady Mohawks improved to 3-0 in their start to the 2020 season with a three-set sweep of the Eastern Lady Eagles.
Northwest travels to Waverly on Monday for another SOC II league match while Eastern hosts Oak Hill on Tuesday.
Minford 3, Clay 0 (25-14, 28-26, 25-14)
Minford earned its first win of the season with a 3-0 sweep of county foe Clay in non-league play, Thursday.
For the Lady Falcons, Ally Coriell finished with a team-high 11 kills and two blocks while Katie Strickland finished with nine. Nicole Collier had a team-high five ace serves while senior setter Livi Shonkwiler had a team-high 17 assists.
Minford will host New Boston on Saturday in another non-league contest.
Piketon 3, Green 0 (25-7, 25-8, 25-20)
Green fell in straight sets to visiting Piketon in non-league play, Thursday.
Kame Sweeney had a team-high 11 kills while Lori Brown had four. Sweeney also finished with three blocks while senior teammate Alex Smith had 19 assists.
Green will host Clay on Tuesday in both teams’ conference opener.
Wheelersburg 3, West 0 (25-14, 25-8, 25-9)
Oak Hill 3, Valley 0 (25-6, 25-21, 25-20)
Gallia Academy 3, Portsmouth 0 (25-8, 25-7, 25-21)
McClain 3, Western 0
South Webster 1, Waverly 0
South Webster’s Connor Bender scored the game’s lone goal just 3:46 into the game, giving his Jeeps a 1-0 road win over the Waverly Tigers.
The Jeeps’ original season-opening game Saturday at Alexander was postponed due to weather delays.
Bender’s goal was one of eight SW shots while Waverly had just three shots.
“This was a good first game for us in a few ways,” South Webster coach Corey Claxon said. “First of all, this was a high-tempo game where both teams were challenging to win possession of the ball. Our official said it had the feel of a tournament game being at Waverly and under the lights. Secondly, Waverly matched up well with us and it pushed us to work hard and play at our best. It certainly wasn’t our best, but it has been tough on all teams with the lack of scrimmages and normal preseason activities.”
South Webster will host Wheelersburg on Tuesday in conference play.
Wheelersburg 16, West 0
Eleven different Pirates scored goals in Thursday’s 16-0 home-opening win over West.
Continuing his pace from Tuesday, Wheelersburg senior Aaron Jolly scored two goals and assisted on four to help continue his blistering pace. Jacob Saxby scored a hat trick as two of his goals came in the first half and another in the second. Saxby also assisted on one Pirate goal. Connor Estep scored two first-half goals as Wheelersburg took a 9-0 lead into the halftime break. Braxton Sammons scored two goals as well, one in the first and another in the second.
Max Hagans, Braxton Rase, Carter McCorkle, Jackson Schwamburger, Tyler Sommer, Preslee Etterling and Nathan Sylvia each scored a goal for the Pirates to total their 16 scores. Logan Davis assisted on two Pirate scores while Lane Jordan, Eric Green and Chris Shiepis assisted on one apiece.
Wheelerburg is back in action on Tuesday as it travels to South Webster for another SOC II contest.
Valley 1, Ironton St. Joe 1
Valley and Ironton St. Joe’s SOC I opener ended in a 1-1 draw as neither team managed a goal in the final 66 minutes of the game.
Valley’s Austin Sommers scored at the four-minute mark of the first half with an assist credited to A.J. Johnson.
Valley will travel to New Boston on Saturday for the Tigers’ SOC I opener.
West Union at Northwest – postponed
Zane Trace 5, Clay 4
Gallia Academy 12, Portsmouth 0
Northwest 2, West Union 1
The Mollie King coaching era at Northwest began on Thursday with a 2-1 win over visiting West Union.
The Lady Mohawks will host Minford on Tuesday in their SOC II opener.
Wheelersburg 12, West 0
The Wheelersburg Lady Pirates won their season opener on Thursday in decisive fashion, defeating West 12-0 at Ed Miller Stadium.
Wheelersburg was scheduled to take on Chesapeake on Tuesday, but had the misfortunate of a rainout.
Jocelyn Tilley managed a hat trick in the Lady Pirates’ season opener, scoring two goals in the first half and one in the second. Bella Miller scored the game’s first goal, as well as another with 12:55 left in the first half. Miller also assisted on Kylan Darnell’s goal, which got Wheelersburg’s second-half scoring afoot.
Ellie Kallner scored a goal with 31:48 left in the first half and assisted on two other Lady Pirate goals in the contest. Annie Coriell, Laney Eller, Allie Vallance, Grace Charles and Onaca Kirkendall also each scored a goal for Wheelersburg in the season-opening win.
Nalah Kirkendall assisted on Charles’ goal while Eller assisted on a Tilley first-half goal.
The Lady Pirates will host Athens on Saturday, a rematch of their Division II sectional game last season which saw Wheelersburg be victorious in penalty kicks.
Waverly 10, St. Joe 3
Wheelersburg 5, Minford 0
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