|Grove sweeps Lincolnview in volleyball|
|Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:43 AM|
By Charlie Warnimont
Sentinel Sports Editor
COLUMBUS GROVE — A good serving team can keep an opponent’s defense back on their heels.
Columbus Grove had that luxury Tuesday evening as they faced Lincolnview in a Northwest Conference volleyball match. The Bulldogs were able to run off strings of points behind some excellent serving as they defeated the Lancers in three sets, 25-10, 25-13, 25-6.
The win keeps the Bulldogs undefeated in the NWC at 3-0 and they are 9-2 overall.
Serving was key for Columbus Grove especially in the first and third sets as they ran off double-digit strings of points to close out the games.
“Our serving was really good tonight. It gave us a lot of points,” Grove coach Susan Jones said. “Kelli Vorst was 18-of-18 serving and Hope Schroeder was 9-of-9 serving. The girls are coming together the deeper we get into the season. That win over Lima Central Catholic was big for us in picking up some momentum.”
Columbus Grove had a 7-6 lead in the opening game after a kill by the Lancers’ Katie McClure. A kill by the Bulldogs’ Sammi Stechschulte returned the serve to Grove and Deanna Kleman served up six straight points to give the Bulldogs a 14-6 lead. Kleman had an ace during her run, while Emily Tabler had three kills.
Lincolnview stopped the run and came within 14-10 on three straight points by Baylee Neate. A Stechschulte kill ended the Lancers short run as Megan Verhoff stepped to the service line. Verhoff served out the first game with 10 straight points as she had four aces, while Stechschulte and Kristen Wynn both had a kill and Sydney McCluer had two kills as the Bulldogs took the first game 25-10.
The second set was close early as the Bulldogs were leading 9-7 before Hope Schroeder stepped to the service line to give Grove a 13-7 lead. The Lancers fought back and were trailing 15-11 before the Bulldogs serving took over again. After two service points by Kelli Vorst helped push the lead out to 18-12 before the teams traded sideouts. McCluer put Grove on the verge of winning game two with four straight points for a 23-12 lead. After the teams traded sideouts, the Bulldogs went up 2-0 in games as a Lancer attack sailed wide.
The third set saw the Bulldogs score the first two points before a rare service error gave Lincolnview the serve. A service error by the Lancers gave the Bulldogs a sideout and Vorst took over the game as she accounted for 13 straight points as McCluer had three kills and Kristin Wynn two kills for 16-1 lead before the Lancers forced a sideout on a kill by Ashley McClure. The deficit was too much for Lincolnview to overcome though..
Vorst was 18-of-18 serving with two aces, while Schroeder was 9-of-9 serving with four aces. Overall the Bulldogs had 13 service aces in the match.
“When you can serve like that it throws off their offense. They were unable to get set up like they wanted to,” Jones added.
“They served very aggressive and took us out of our element,” Lincolnview coach Heather Crow said. “We had a very hard time adjusting. I think we were intimidated by their serve. They served very, very well.. We’ve had a hard time getting out of serve receive rotations all year.”
Another key to the Bulldogs win was their play at the net. Columbus Grove has been working on their blocking game and while it took some time for them to adjust to the Lancers’ attack, they were able to do that the third game getting their hands on several Lancer attacks.
“We have been working on blocking. Our blocking wasn’t as good as I wanted at the beginning but it got better throughout the match,” Jones said. “Kristin Wynn had a very nice game with some big hits. Sydney McCluer had a nice game as did Sammi Stechschulte.”
McCluer finished with six kills and Stechschulte had five kills. Emily Tabler and Kleman both had two solo blocks for the Bulldogs. Rachel Schumacher had eight assists and Briana Glass had seven assists.
Columbus Grove won the junior varsity match 25-22, 25-14.
Lincolnview hosts Crestview and Grove visits Paulding, both at 6 p.m. (JV start) Thursday.