The Norwalk High School volleyball team defeated Kettering Alter in a state semifinal match today at Wright State University's Nutter Center in Dayton.
The Lady Truckers won in three straight games. They now advance to their first-ever appearance in the state final match, which will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the same venue against the winner of the Cleveland Heights Beaumont-Columbus St. Francis DeSales match.
After taking a 17-9 lead, Norwalk went on to win the opening game 25-12.
Alter jumped out to 6-1 lead in the second game, but Norwalk answered with a run of its own to tie it at 8-8. Norwalk then built an 11-8 lead before Alter took a time out. Norwalk increased its lead to 20-14 before Alter took another time-out. The Lady Truckers went on to win 25-15.
Norwalk mounted a 6-0 advantage at the start of the third game. Alter recovered and put some points on the board but Norwalk continued to score en route to a 10-6 lead. When the score reached 10-9, Norwalk took a time-out. Going on a 9-3 run, Norwalk then increased its lead to 19-12. Alter kept the game competitive after that, but in the end lost 25-18.
Abby Moffit was solid for Norwalk, with 31 assists.
Alicia Lortcher led the way at the net with 12 kills, Sydney Obringer and Geena Freriks each added eight kills, while Kelli Weininger had five kills.
Sam Obringer had 29 digs for the Lady Truckers.
The Lady Truckers entered the match with a 26-2 record. Alter was 19-9.
With classes canceled today due to the big match, about 600 students traveled to Dayton to support the Lady Truckers.