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Norwalk rallies for five-game win at Columbian

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Sep 20, 2018 at 11:26 PM

TIFFIN — Another night, another thrilling finish.

The Norwalk volleyball team won its second five-game SBC Lake division road match in a 16-day span Thursday night. Norwalk (8-5, 5-1) rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat a Columbian team it had lost to at home on Aug. 28.

Norwalk won the match, 25-17, 17-25, 16-25, 25-23, 15-13. It is tied for first place with Bellevue with just four league matches remaining, including two key matchups against Perkins (Sept. 27) and at Bellevue (Oct. 11).

“We came out and played well the first set, passing the ball well and controlling the game,” Norwalk coach Sarah Kipp said. “We fought hard to come back out of a hole in the fourth set and were able to finish. I really thought we used the momentum from the fourth set to win the last one.”

In Thursday’s win, Norwalk got great balance at the net. Mya Neuberger had 10 kills, Carly Bilton and Claire Kelley each had nine, and Delaney Thomas had eight along with four blocks.

Olivia Ward served 19 for 19 with 10 points, while Elyse Balduff added eight points. Lindsey Koenig had 34 digs, Ward added 14 and Kelley had nine. Ward was also 130-of-131 setting with 38 assists.

“We have talked all year about fighting for every point and believing in yourself,” Kipp said. “These girls are starting to do those things. Lindsey is picking up balls on defense that you think there is no way she can get.

“That, in combination with our block working hard to get closed and channeling the ball is letting us run a better, balanced offense,” she added.

Norwalk entertains Clyde on Tuesday.

W. Reserve 3, New London 0

COLLINS — Host Western Reserve earned a three-game sweep over visiting New London in a Firelands Conference match on Thursday in Collins.

Western Reserve (8-5, 5-3) won by scores of 25-9, 25-15, and 25-15.

Morgan Spettle had 12 kills for Western, while Avery Tubbs added nine. Morgan White had 14 digs, while Jessa Riley served seven points and Kristine Royster added four points.

For New London (2-11, 2-6),Catherine Blaser had six kills and Gabby Ledbetter had five. Lili Bartow was 55-of-55 setting with 13 assists, and Brooklyn Hudson added 13 digs.

“Tonight was our annual Volley for the Cure match, and our schools were able to raise over $1,500 for the Fisher-Titus Mammography department,” Western Reserve coach Lisa Muenz said. “Both teams wanted to help locally and felt this would reach community members close to home. Our stands were full and there was lots of fun and games, — and we want to thank all the businesses who donated to this event.”

Monroeville 3, South Central 0

MONROEVILLE — The state-ranked Eagles swept their way past visiting South Central on Thursday, winning 25-16, 25-14, 25-20.

The Eagles — ranked No. 11 in the latest Division IV state coaches poll — improved to 12-1 overall and 7-1 in the FC.

Graisyn Yoder had 12 kills to pace Monroeville at the net, while Kylee Brooks had 11 kills, three blocks and was 20 for 22 serving with an ace. Kelsie Palmer had eight kills, while Maura Brown added seven kills and five blocks, and Adrian Barman had six kills.

Also for the Eagles, Camryn Hedrick had 41 assists and was 17 for 17 serving with an ace. Stacia Stieber had 15 digs, with Barman adding 12 and Hedrick had 10.

For South Central (6-9, 3-5), Taylor Sexton had seven kills, with Lorin Walcher and Izzy Hauler each adding four. Walcher also had 15 digs, Kailee Beaver had 12 digs, and Izzy Hauler added 10. Ellery McKee was 67-of-69 setting with 15 assists.

Monroeville’s junior varsity team improved to 12-1 (7-1) as well with a sweep (25-14, 25-11).

Yet another showdown is up next for Monroeville against rival No. 8-ranked St. Paul (10-1, 8-0) — set for Tuesday night at home. The Lady Flyers won the Aug. 28 meeting in extreme temperates in Norwalk in four games.

St. Paul 3, Plymouth 0

NORWALK — The Lady Flyers won in quick fashion over the Big Red in an FC match, winning by scores of 25-10, 25-6, 25-6.

For St. Paul (10-1, 8-0), Megan Hammersmith served 10 points with three aces, and also added 10 kills and 12 assists. Lauren Chandler served 13 points with five aces and had 11 digs.

Also for the Lady Flyers, Kennedy Stang had nine points, three aces and 10 digs. Kamryn Maxwell had 11 kills, Anna Lukasko added nine kills and Dyllan Knoll finished with 25 assists.

In JV action, St. Paul won 25-8, 25-6. Stevie Ward had 14 assists, Karlie Rudolph added seven kills and Presley Stang had 15 points.

Edison 3, Margaretta 2

CASTALIA — The Chargers earned a five-game SBC Bay road win on Thursday against the host Polar Bears.

Edison (5-7, 3-4) won by scores of 21-25, 25-20, 25-20, 20-25 and 15-10.

Lilli Schuster had 12 kills and 12 digs, Jessica Stoll had eight kills, while both Hannah Vitaz and Melissa Kuhl each had seven. Grace Houser had 35 digs, while Natalie Lambert added 14 assists and eight digs.

Also for Edison, Kira Appeman had 15 kills, Maddi Proy had 18 digs, and Olivia Vitaz contributed six kills, 13 digs and 21 assists.

Bellevue 3, Sandusky 0

BELLEVUE — The Lady Red bounced back from their first loss of the season with a home sweep over visiting Sandusky, 25-12, 25-9, 25-14.

For Bellevue (10-1, 5-1), Riley Mohr had 10 kills, Taylor Baxter added nine kills and 11 digs, and was 22 for 22 serving with five aces — and Payton Vogel had eight kills and 11 digs.

Molly Bullion added 25 assists on 62-of-62 setting for the Lady Red.


Shelby 177, St. Paul 220

SHELBY — The Flyers fell in Wednesday’s dual match against the host Whippets.

Miller Hosack shot a 49 for St. Paul, followed by Cassie Baker (55), Grace Gillen (58) and Brooke Bleile (58). 

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