Plenty of wins highlight area volleyball action

Plenty of wins highlight area volleyball action

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The Hiland Lady Hawks came from two games down against rival Garaway to post a stunning five-game win over the Lady Pirates Sept. 30.

Kelly Miller’s relentless Lady Hawks found a way to get a huge win after losing the first two sets 21-25 and 18-25. Hiland did not fold and started funding its rhythm, winning the next three sets 25-20, 25-22 and 15-12, erasing the taste of a five-game defeat they suffered at the hands of Garaway earlier in the season.

Sophomore setter, Ava Weaver, finally starting to get healthy after an early ankle injury in the season, led the way for the Lady Hawks with 27 assists. She added 13 digs as well in the contest. Senior, Annika Schneider, had one of her best games of the season with 18 kills, while sophomore, Ava Troyer continued her solid play with 16 kills, seven blocks and nine points. Haley Yoder added 10 points & 19 digs for the Lady Hawks.

Garaway was led by Morgan Schlabach who hammered 22 kills and scooped out 11 digs, with Laiken Wallick adding 13 kills and seven blocks, Nicole Custer posted eight blocks, Shelby Gerber doled out 47 assists and Meghan Petitte and McKenzie Miller each recorded to aces.

Hiland faced a tough opponent in Cardington-Lincoln on Oct. 2 and lost in a five-game match, falling 25-23, 25-22, 14-25, 14-27, 15-4. A nice comeback fell short for Hiland, which was led by Schneider’s 23 kills. Yoder added 15 kills, Weaver doled out 31 assists, and Miller had 20 points and 18 digs.

The Lady Hawks went on to wrap up a quick win over Indian Valley, earning a 25-21, 25-18, 25-23 win over the Braves. Weaver handed out 27 assists, Schneider racked up 17 kills, and Yoder added 10 kills and 11 service points. Belicia Yoder had 13 digs. Hiland improved to 11-7 and 6-3 in the IVC.

In an Oct. 5 showdown, Tusky Valley was too strong for Garaway, dealing the Lady Pirates a 25-17, 25-14, 25-22 defeat. In the loss Gerber served four aces, had 18 digs and dished out 21 assists. Petitte added eight kills while Miller recorded three blocks.

On Oct. 4 West Holmes and Ashland went the distance in a five-game match that was eventually won by the Lady Knights 25-22, 18-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-7. Zaylie Shultz produced a great all-around game, serving for 13 points with a pair of aces and adding 10 kills and nine digs. Jerzey Morris had 14 points and nine digs. Ella McMillen hammered 19 kills and had six digs, Harmony Mast added 11 kills and eight digs, Ally Baker served for a dozen points and had 13 digs, Brynlee Reed served up 42 assists and served for 10 points while tacking on 11 digs, Peyton Carathers had eight digs, and Daphne Alexander had four kills and three blocks.

West Holmes rolled to victory over Mansfield Senior, taking home an easy 25-13, 25-9, 25-9 victory. Baker and Shultz each served for 14 points while Morris added 10, with four of Shultz’s being aces. Mast stroked 11 kills, and McMillen added 10. Reed racked up 29 assists. Morris led the team with five digs, and McMillen, Shultz and Reed each added four. McMillen also added two blocks in the win.

In middle school action, the West Holmes seventh-grade girls split with Wooster and Mt. Vernon while the eighth-grade team dropped both contests. In a 25-13, 25-16 win over Mt. Vernon, Bristol Booth had 11 aces and three digs; Rorie Wilcox had an ace, two kills and two digs; and Makenzee Martin had an ace, one kill and two assists. In falling to Wooster 25-13, 25-18, Wilcox and Bristol each recorded three aces.

The eighth-grade Lady Knights fell to Mt. Vernon 25-18, 25-19 while dropping a 25-15, 25-11 contest to Wooster. Versus the Generals, Maggie Ryan and Ella Willard had two aces each, and Maggie Ryan also had three kills. In the Yellow Jackets contest, Briar Clark had three aces, Ella Williard added a pair, and Maggie Ryan had two assists and an ace.