SARAHSVILLE — Host Shenandoah High prevailed in Thursday’s key early Pioneer Valley Conference tilt with Buckeye Trail, taking the early-season battle of league unbeatens by scores of 25-18, 25-14, 25-22.
“We played inspired volleyball tonight,” SHS coach Shannon Leasure commented. “Our two setters both played great offensively and defensively.
“We also did a better job of playing through our mistakes tonight, but we still need to cut down on errors,” she continued. “We are very proud and happy to have the victory in three sets.”
Final stats bore out Leasure’s bragging as setters Jessica Long and Kaysey King each dished out 19 assists. Long added eight kills and she and King combined for 15 digs.
A number of hitters were able to capitalize on Long’s and King’s sets. Ashlee Wukelich and Kylee Kasper finished with 14 kills and 12 kills, respectively. Teammates Raechel Rossiter and Blake Hall combined for an additional nine kills.
Kasper also led with 14 digs with Lexi Christman adding another 10.
Trail servers had just five errors and combined for a 40-for-48 passing effort to go along with 34 digs. but managed just 22 kills and 14 blocks against the taller Lady Zeps.
Josie Hensley and Alexis Wheeler each had five kills and setter Jennifer Burga handed out 13 assists.
“Shenandoah is a very good team,” admitted veteran Lady Warrior coach Jeff Beros. “They outplayed us tonight, but we will bounce back. We just couldn’t sustain any momentum and we need to learn from this setback.”
NEXT — Both teams are back in action Saturday, Buckeye Trail (3-1, 2-1 PVC) hosting Frontier at 11 a.m. and Shenandoah (7-1, 5-0 PVC) traveling to Bowerston to face Conotton Valley at 5 p.m.
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NEW CONCORD — John Glenn High remained undefeated in Muskingum Valley League play, picking up a road win over Crooksville in straight sets by 25-9, 25-13, 25-12 scores on Thursday.
The Lady Muskies (6-2, 4-0 MVL) were led by Brooke Fatheree with 16 assists, two blocks and with two kills. Maddie McGee and Taylour Fatheree combined for 13 kills and four blocks; Baileigh Shehadeh added three aces and a block; Brittany Fraunfelter tallied one block, with two kills and three digs and Sydney McCollister contributed one ace, three kills and a block.
Crooksville (2-3, 0-3 MVL) was led by Shelby Vannetu with two kills and Jaden Dewachter with an ace.
NEXT — John Glenn visits Philo on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
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BARNESVILLE — Improving their 2013 record to 5-1, the Barnesville Lady Shamrocks’ powered their way to an easy 25-10, 25-9, 25-19 home court triumph over Wheeling Central.
Solid serving and setting, once again, highlighted the win.
Shasta Roberts, Sydney Ralston and Paige Wright all enjoyed perfect nights at the line, combining for a 41-for-41 effort. Setters Paige Huntsman and Layna Broomhall combined to dish out 26 assists which led to 32 Lady ‘Rock kills.
The main beneficiaries of the assists were Miranda Plumly and Huntsman, who blasted 12 kills and nine kills, respectively.
Broomhall also led with eight digs, while Plumly added seven to go along with three ace serves. Ralston also chipped in seven kills.
For Wheeling Central McKenzie Michael finished with six kills and six blocks and Gabby Gentile had five assists.
NEXT — Barnesville welcomes rival Union Local on Monday at 5:30 p.m.
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MARIETTA — Host Marietta High pinned a convincing 25-18, 25-11, 25-21 East Central Ohio League setback on Cambridge on Thursday.
For the Lady Bobcats (0-6, 0-4 ECOL), Kiersten Taylor had some good stats with a half dozen kills, three blocks and seven digs. Hallie Stocker finished with five kills and a pair of blocks; setter Abbey Seckman added four kills and dished out five assists to go along with eight digs; Marlo Taylor led with 14 digs and a half dozen assists; freshman Audrey Tingle matched Taylor with 14 digs and was a near perfect 23-of-24 passing.
The combo of Kiersten Taylor, Stocker, Seckman and Tingle joined Josie Rossiter to combine for a 39-of-42 serving effort.
The Lady Tigers (6-2, 3-1 ECOL) counted on stellar floor defense for the triumph, as their main players combined for over 50 digs. Most impressive was the play of Chrystal McCoy, who delivered seven kills, a team-high 17 digs and a block. Setter teammate Megan Broughton contributed 14 assists.
NEXT — Cambridge entertains neighboring rival Buckeye Trail on Monday, with JV action at 5:30 p.m.
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BYESVILLE — The Meadowbrook Lady Colts dropped to 4-2 on they year with a 25-10, 25-15, 25-21 home court loss to Dover on Thursday.
The Colts were led by Kaylee Hunt who tallied 15 assists. Delaney Singleton and Morgan Madro combined to total 12 kills and four blocks and Sydnie Delong contributed five digs and was 35-of-39 passing.
The Tornados who improve to 5-0 with the win were led by Taylor Mathews with 33 assists, three kills, seven digs, two blocks and six points.
Kelsey Brass tallied 10 points, with seven digs and two aces, Megan Lawless contributed 12 kills, eight digs, seven points and three blocks. Noelle Warther and Kelsey Laizure combined for 16 points and 17 digs; Moriah Monaco tallied 13 kills and four blocks; Rechel Foltz had six points, five digs and one ace and Olivia Kinsey had seven kills and two blocks.
NEXT — Meadowbrook welcomes Coshocton on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
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NEWCOMERSTOWN — Homestanding Newcomerstown High fell to Inter-Valley Conference foe Hiland by 25-18, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23 scores on Thursday.
The Trojans (1-4, 1-3 IVC) were led by Karlee Peach with 13 digs and eight assists; and Alicia Moore with 15 assists, nine points and three aces; and Riley Kellish with 12 digs. Erin Burrier and Marlayna McIntire combined for a total of 11 kills.
NEXT — Newcomerstown plays at Philo on Saturday at 10 a.m.