Clay won by scores of 23-25, 25-10, 25-23, 25-16 to drop Norwalk to 1-1.
Carly Bilton finished with 11 kills on 31-of-34 hitting for Norwalk, with Mya Neuberger adding seven kills and eight points serving.
Olivia Ward was 106-of-106 setting with 25 assists and 11 digs, while Lindsey Koenig had 22 digs. Claire Kelley added 13 digs and Marie Clouse had four blocks at the net.
“Our defense was relentless tonight and that kept us in the game,” Norwalk coach Sarah Kipp said. “We didn’t play well the second set … we were up 20-9 in the third set and didn’t side out until we were down 21-20. Our serve receive has got to get better along with a more balanced attack.
“We took a lot of swings tonight, but struggled with Clay’s big block and scrappy defense,” she added. “We came in knowing that they were the bigger school, but I think it’s important to play bigger teams because it gives you a really good look at what you need to work on.”
Norwalk will resume action next Tuesday when it hosts Tiffin Columbian in the SBC Lake opener.
Willard 3, Perkins 1
PERKINS TWP. — In a rematch of a district championship match last season, the Crimson Flashes again prevailed in a win over the host Pirates.
Willard (3-0) won by scores of 26-24, 25-12, 23-25, 25-15.
Cassie Crawford had 16 kills and 23 digs for Willard, while McKenna Stephens was 19 for 21 serving with four aces, 15 digs and 10 kills. Alyse Coe had 13 kills, while Chloe Weaver had 41 assists and Haylie Hamons had 35 digs.
Maraya Polachek added 13 digs for the Flashes and was also 13 for 14 serving with two aces.
Monroeville 3, Lexington 0
MONROEVILLE — The Eagles improved to 2-0 with a three-game sweep over visiting Lexington on Thursday.
The Eagles won by scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-16.
For Monroeville, Braylee Wise was 26 for 26 serving with 2 aces. Graisyn Yoder had 14 kills, while Kelsie Palmer had 11 kills and a block. Kylee Brooks and Camryn Hedrick each had seven kills, while Hedrick was 71-of-72 setting with 39 assists.
Also for the Eagles, Maura Brown had six kills and a block, while Adrian Barman had 18 digs and Wise had 16 digs.
The Monroeville junior varsity team also won in two, 25-6, 25-14.
Edison 3, Clyde 0
MILAN — The Chargers evened their record to 1-1 with Thursday’s win over the visiting Fliers, 25-21, 25-18, 25-22.
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Willard 3, Edison 2
WILLARD — Visiting Edison took the first two singles positions, but the visiting Crimson Flashes claimed the next three spots to earn a key 3-2 SBC Bay Division road win on Thursday in girls tennis action.
The Crimson Flashes and Chargers have battled for the top spot in the Bay Division in each of the past two seasons.
Willard (4-1, 1-0) got victories from Natalie Van Zoest at third singles over Alli Vogus (6-4, 6-4), as well as the first doubles team of Whitney Robinson and Kennedy Daub. They defeated Kaylee Ries and Torri Keyser (6-2, 6-2).
At second doubles, Becca Slone and Kalli Sowers defeated Emily Moore and Lindsey Kowalski (6-2, 6-0).
Edison’s Jayla Medina beat Addy Paxton at first singles (6-3, 6-3), while teammate Emily Vogus defeated Ella Schag at second singles (6-1, 6-2).
Willard is at St. Mary Central Catholic on Monday, while Edison visits Tiffin Calvert.
Norwalk 5, Bellevue 0
NORWALK — Norwalk improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the SBC Lake Division with Thursday’s home win over the visiting Lady Red.
At first singles, Megan Berry topped Rayven Whyde (6-4, 6-1), while Emma Trost defeated Summer Strunk (7-5, 6-4) at No. 2 singles. Third singles saw Lauren Metcalf beat Kaitlyn Cullen (6-1, 6-1).
The first doubles team of Gabby Horowitz and Alexa Moore topped Leighann Motley and Sage Garcia (6-2, 6-4). At second doubles,
Mara Berry and Erin Bleile beat Perla Monreal and Ella Little (6-1, 6-0).
Norwalk visits Columbian on Monday and hosts Clyde on Tuesday.
Bellevue 191, Perkins 199
CLYDE — The Lady Red improved to 7-0 with Thursday’s win over the Pirates in SBC Lake Division action.
For Bellevue, Lara Spurlock shot a 45, followed by Olivia Martinez (47), Keyara Schneider (49), Danielle Consolo (50), Kendal Collins (53) and Isabel Sanchez (56).