|Grove volleyballers shoot down Rockets|
|Monday, October 08, 2012 1:39 PM|
By Dave Boninsegna
The Delphos Herald
COLUMBUS GROVE — After an exciting Friday night of football for the Columbus Grove Bulldogs and the Pandora-Gilboa Rockets, the volleyball squads for each school took to the court at Columbus Grove High School to battle it out in Putnam County League action Saturday morning.
The Bulldogs took the match 25-12, 25-15, 23-25, 25-22. Julia Wynn had 17 kills for Grove, while Sydney McCluer added 13 kills and 19 digs; Rachel Schumacher accounted for 49 assists.
The teams battled evenly early in the contest but after taking advantage of a Pandora-Gilboa hitting error, the Bulldogs took a 6-5 lead and never relinquished it. Grove went on an 11-2 run to take a 17-7 advantage in that stretch: Schumacher delivered two aces and Faith Huff had a pair of kills. Sammi Stechschulte sealed the set with a spike to the Rockets’ side of the court, giving the home team a 1-0 lead.
Set two had the same flavor of the first, with the teams battling evenly until the Bulldogs broke a 9-9 tie on a hitting error by P-G. The home team took 12 of the next 13 points with Wynn and Emily Tabler providing the kills. Huff delivered a shot to the open court of the Rockets’ side, giving Grove a 20-10 lead.
Megan Maag provided a pair of scores for the Rockets late in the set but a serve into the net gave the Bulldogs the 10-point set win and put them one set away from a sweep of their PCL foe.
However, the Rockets weren’t ready to be swept. P-G took the first four points of the third; Maag and Mackenzie Swary provided a kill and ace, respectively, for the guests. Grove got its first point on a Rockets’ hitting miscue but an Oliva Maag kill got momentum headed back in the Rockets’ direction.
The Bulldogs got back to within one at 7-6 but Hunter Hermiller smacked a shot to the home team side of the court. Grove tied the contest at 9-9 and the squads battled back and forth from there.
The set was tied on 10 occasions later in the set; with the set tied at 21-21, Hermiller put the Rockets up 23-21. However, the Bulldogs were intent on ending the day early, tying the contest at 23-23 on a Wynn kill. The guests rallied for the last two points on back-to-back kills by Megan Maag, sending the match to a fourth set.
The Rockets took control of the fourth set early; after a Vivian Nofzinger ace, the guests led 5-2. Pandora-Gilboa led by 11-5 after Olivia Maag served up an ace but the Bulldogs began to make a move. Huff served up consecutive aces, cutting the deficit to 16-15.
Grove tied the set at 19-19 on a McCluer kill; the Grove sophomore continued her dominance with three kills in a row to put the Bulldogs up 21-19. The home team would not give up the lead the rest of the way as Wynn ended the contest on a tapper to the Rockets’ side of the court.
The Bulldogs moved to 14-5 overall and 4-1 in the PCL; Pandora-Gilboa drops to 12-6 in all games and 3-2 in league play.
Huff had three blocks and Kelli Vorst three aces.
Grove won the junior varsity match 25-11, 25-15.
Grove entertains PCL power Kalida 6 p.m. today.