|LTC too much for Lady Big Green|
|Friday, October 18, 2013 12:15 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
The Lady Big Green had a clean slate as they opened the Division IV sectional at Elida High School but alas for the Green and Gold, Lima Temple Christian proved a bit too much in grabbing a 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19 triumph.
The Lady Pioneers will battle the winner of the night’s second match, St. John’s, at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The Lady Green (7-15) started slowly Thursday night as the Pioneers scored the first 10 points, three of them on aces by Amanda Sutton (3 aces, 10 kills, 7 assists) and two on kills by Kayla Good (7 kills). Ottoville then began to battle back behind Annie Lindeman (20-of-25 hitting, 10 kills)) to twice get within a point — 13-12 on a stuff by Taylor Mangas (6 kills) and 14-13 on a serving error by Lima. However, a knock off the block by Simon broke the momentum for the Green and they slowly built up their lead. A hitting error by the Lady Green (33 for the match) gave LTC a 1-set edge.
“We did make mistakes but I’d much prefer making mistakes being aggressive at the net than being passive. We were aggressive; we just were off,” Ottoville coach Kirt Martz explained. “The difference in the match was simply Lima made more plays than we did. We needed to make more plays in crucial situations but they did instead.”
The Green started the second set much better and didn’t have to battle back the whole way. Both teams took turns with the lead as neither could get more than a 5-point advantage — 10-5 by Ottoville on a Lima hitting error. Tied at 18, a spike by usual setter Alexis Thorbahn (41-of-42 setting, 11 assists) gave Ottoville the lead and they survived the rest of the way behind Nikki Burgei (11 kills, 2 stuffs, 2 aces), getting a bomb by Lindeman on set point to even the match at 1.
The third set had very much the same look as the second: neither team could get much leeway, with the biggest advantage either way being five — twice — by the Pioneers. The teams battled to a 22-all tie on a hit off the back row by Taylor Mangas (6 kills) and an ace by libero Brooke Mangas (16-of-18 serving, 1 ace) gave Ottoville a 23-22 edge. That was all she wrote for the Green and Gold — after a timeout by LTC head man Tim Acklin, a service error and two hitting errors by the Green put LTC up 2-1 in sets.
The fourth set appeared ready to follow the lead of its two predecessors. The teams battled to an early 7-7 tie before a stuff by Lynnea Clay (17 kills, 3 stuffs, 3 aces) gave the Pioneers the lead for good. That commenced a killer 7-0 spurt, topped off by a hitting error, to put LTC up 14-7. The Lady Green could never recover. The closest they could get was at 14-10 as the Pioneers had the answers, getting a bomb by Clay on match point.
Besides Kaufman (who never suited up this fall), Burgei and Taylor Mangas, other Big Green seniors are Kara Schimmoeller and Kelsey Miller.
“They will be missed; next year’s seniors will have big shoes to fill,” Martz added. “They have been a solid group for four years and it won’t be easy to replace them.”