The Lady Flyers (14-2) — ranked No. 6 in last week’s Division IV state coaches poll — opened with a win over Celina in two sets, 25-13, 25-23. They then drew the No. 1-ranked team in Div. IV, St. Henry, and fell by scores of 25-23, 25-19.
St. Paul then rebounded to defeat No. 8-ranked Marion Local in two, 25-23, 25-19. St. Paul and Marion Local have met in three state championship matches (2002, 2007, 2009).
Against Celina, Megan Hammersmith and Holly Powers each finished with eight kills, and Brooke Houck added four. Dylian Knoll had 23 assists and six digs, while Kennedy Stang and Josie Skinn each had 11 digs, and Presley Stang added five.
In the loss to St. Henry, Hammersmith had 10 kills, followed by Powers with nine and Houck with six. Knoll had 23 assists and nine digs, with Kennedy Stang finishing with 15 digs and Skinn had 10. Presley Stang had seven digs, and served 16 points for the three matches.
In the win over Marion Local, Hammersmith had 10 kills, followed by Powers (9) and Houck (6). Knoll had 27 assists and 10 digs. Kennedy Stang had seven digs, as did Skinn. Presley Stang and Stevi Ward each had six digs.
In the championship match, Div. III No. 2 Ottawa-Glandorf defeated St. Henry in three games, 25-21, 17-25, 25-17.
Hammersmith and Knoll also made the all-tournament team for their performances. Hammersmith was 60-of-69 hitting with 28 kills for the day, while Knoll was 188-of-188 setting with 73 assists 25 digs and 23 points. Glandorf’s Taylor Alt was tournament MVP.
Edison (6-10) was also among the eight-team field. The Chargers fell to Ottawa-Glandorf in the first round (25-18, 25-18), then fell to host Crestview in their second match (25-19, 25-15).
St. Paul entertains Western Reserve at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Norwalk competes at Perrysburg
PERRYSBURG — Norwalk had a tall order on Saturday at the Perrysburg Block and Gold Invitational, dropping three matches to fall to 11-8 overall.
Norwalk first opened with a loss (25-13, 25-20) to the host Yellow Jackets (17-1) — the No. 9-ranked team in the Div. I state poll. The Ladies in Blue then fell to Lewis Center Olentangy (10-8) by scores of 25-20, 25-15 and to Oregon Clay (10-7) for a second time this season (25-17, 23-25, 25-12).
Against Perrysburg, Carly Bilton had eight kills on 16-of-16 hitting, while Olivia Ward was 50-of-50 setting with 14 assists. Lindsey Koenig, Elyse Balduff and Claire Kelley each had nine digs on defense.
In the loss to Olentangy, Kelley had four kills, while Bilton, Marie Clouse and Delaney Thomas each had three. Thomas added three blocks, and Ward again had 14 assists. Koenig led the defense with 16 digs and Kelley had seven.
Mya Neuberger was 17-of-18 hitting with 12 kills against Clay, while Kelley added seven kills. Ward was 73-of-75 setting with 25 assists, and Koenig had 12 digs. Ward added nine digs and Kelley had six.
Norwalk — which is alone in first in the SBC Lake Division — will host Sandusky on Thursday. It can clinch at least a share of the league title with a win over the Blue Streaks and a win at Vermilion on Oct. 8.
Monroeville 3, Mohawk 0
MONROEVILLE — The state-ranked Eagles (No. 11, Div. IV) improved to 16-1 with Saturday's non-league sweep over visiting Mohawk.
Monroeville won by scores of 25-22, 25-14 and 25-22.
Kylee Brooks paced the Eagles with 13 kills, while Kelsie Palmer had 11, followed by Graisyn Yoder (8) and Reece Kluding (6).
Lydia Landoll was 23 for 23 serving with four aces and nine digs, and Palmer was 13 for 14 serving with two aces. Camryn Hedrick had 40 assists, while Mirena Miller had 23 digs and Adrian Barman finished with 22.
The Eagles (16-0) also won the junior varsity match, 25-18, 25-15.
Edison 4, Port Clinton 1
MILAN — The host Chargers did their part on Saturday with a victory over visiting Port Clinton.
Edison goals were scored by Miguel Echevarria (2), Jacob Lombardi and Dylan O’Dell.
With the win, Edison (9-1-2, 5-1-1) will play at Oak Harbor (10-1-1, 5-1-1) at 5 p.m. today for the SBC Bay Division championship.
Edison 4, Port Clinton 1
MILAN — The Chargers improved to 3-7-2 overall and 2-5 in the SBC Bay Division with Saturday's win over the visiting Redskins.
Senior Piper Nickoli netted three goals for a hat trick, while Aliyah Caporini also scored for Edison. Caporini, Lauren Craig and Livia Lowery added assists.
Edison is at Oak Harbor at 7 p.m. tonight.
Lucas 41, Willard 0
WILLARD — The Crimson Flashes fell to 0-5 with Friday’s loss to visiting Lucas.
In the setback, quarterback Cooper Parrott 10-of-27 passing for 58 yards, and ran six times for 21 yards.
Also for Willard, Jon Rothhaar ran seven times for 41 yards, while Seth Dye added 24 yards on six rushes. Trey Paxton caught four passes for 25 yards, while Hayden Meisner had three catches for 33 yards.
Willard is at Huron this Friday in the SBC Bay Division opener.