Redskins knock out
Lady Bearcats in VB
For The Delphos Herald
COLDWATER — The Spencerville Bearcats and St. Henry Redskins faced off on Wednesday night at Coldwater High School in the first of two Division IV sectional volleyball tournament matches.
The Redskins beat the Lady Bearcats 25-9, 25-7, 25-9 to advance on in the tournament.
St. Henry came into the tournament match with an 18-3 record and Spencerville had a 5-17 record on the season. The Bearcats came into the match at the Palace as the away team whereas the Redskins were the home team on the scoreboard.
The first set was a big sign of things to come in the next three sets as the Redskins got off to a 9-2 lead. St. Henry got kills from Kylie Koesters and Taylor Clune before a Bearcat timeout was called.
After the break, Spencerville got a kill from Allison Gilroy and an ace from Abby Freewalt, followed by kills from Lady Redskins Sam Thobe and Ally Mikesell.
Spencerville was forced to burn a second timeout with the score 16-5, St. Henry. After that, the Redskin got kills from Kenisa Post, Kami Siefring and Koesters to give them a 24-7 lead.
The next two points were scored by kills from Freewalt and Shelby Mulholland before a Post kill gave St. Henry a first-set victory.
The second set started out a lot closer as Spencerville was down by one with a score of 5-4 after Mulholland kill. From this point on, the Redskins took over the set as Koester went off after a kill gave her the serve and scored 15 straight points, with six of them being aces.
The Bearcats ended the run with a kill from Freewalt to make the score 19-5, St. Henry. After the timeout, Spencerville got a kill from Katie Merriman but an ace and kill from Mikesell gave the Redskins a 2-0 lead.
The third set was more even to start as the Redskins jumped out to a 10-7 lead. The Bearcats got kills from Abbie Lee and an ace from Schylar Miller and the Redskins got kills from Koesters and an ace from Mikesell.
After an ace from Madison Broering brought the score to 14-7, the Bearcats were forced to burn a timeout. Spencerville scored two quick points after the timeout but those were the final points they scored.
The Redskins ran off 11 straight points, including an ace from Megan Heitkamp, a kill from Clune and block by two St. Henry players that gave them the sweep.
“I think that stopping their serving was a big trouble of ours tonight. St. Henry is a very good team with very strong servers and very good defense,” Spencerville coach Kari Wicker said. “Even when we did hit some balls hard, they were still there picking something up and hitting it back at us. This is something they have been good at for a long time. I think we definitely put up a good fight because they run the fast offense we have seen all year. I don’t think they expected us to do some of the stuff we did to them and get to some of their hits.”
With the win, the Redskins advance to play New Knoxville Saturday night at the Palace for the right to advance to districts.
Lady Green dispatch Commodores in postseason
ELIDA — Ottoville’s volleyballers began the second season on the right track Wednesday night with a 25-13, 25-18, 25-21 sweep of Perry in Division IV sectional action at Elida High School.
Senior Abby Siefker led the Lady Green (9-13) with 20-of-23 serving (5 aces), with junior setter Tonya Kaufman (45-of-45 setting, 13 assists), junior Taylor Mangas (5 digs) and sophomore Annie Lindeman (23-of-25 hitting, 7 kills).
Ottoville will tangle with Lima Temple Christian — a 5-set winner over Waynesfield-Goshen in Wednesday’s first match — 7:15 p.m. Saturday night.
LIMA — Elida’s smallish volleyball unit had trouble with the Shawnee front line in Wednesday night’s Division II sectional matchup at Lima Senior, faltering 25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21.
Guiding the Bulldogs (9-14) were Torie McAdams (13 kills, 2 blocks), Katie Hawk (28 assists), Erika Kiel (22 digs), Ally Bader (3 aces) and Aubrey Williams (2 blocks).
Beavers drop 6-3 decision to Manchester University
By Keisha Holtsberry
Sports information assistant
BLUFFTON — The Bluffton University men’s soccer team fell to Manchester University Wednesday. The Beavers dipped to 2-11 overall and 0-5 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, while the Spartans improved to 5-11 overall and 3-3 in the HCAC.
The first 32 minutes of the match went by with great defense by both teams.
The Spartans’ first goal came from a penalty kick by Dian Radev.
Bluffton’s response was scored by sophomore Tyson Spence (Arlington) at the 41:44 mark and it evened the match up at 1-1.
Less than two minutes later, the Spartans put the ball in the back of the net for goal number two by Radev.
Coming out of the break, the Spartans were ready to score and did so less than seven minutes into the half. The third goal for the Spartans came from Cody Freels who was assisted by Andrew Grey.
Freels also scored the fourth goal by Manchester and was assisted by Radev at the 62:31 mark.
Freels capped his hat trick with an assist from Zac Hansen 12 minutes later.
The Spartans put their sixth and final goal on the board at the 80:24 mark, with Bertin Gisagara putting the ball in the back of the net with the assist coming from Ellis Whitt.
Less than three minutes later, Bluffton’s T.J. Kline (Mogadore/Lake Center) got past the Spartan defenders to put the ball into the net for a second Beaver goal, assisted by freshman Jake Headings (Cincinnati/McNicholas).
With less than two minutes left in the match, Bluffton put a third goal on the scoreboard from Wes Corbin (Arlington) thanks to an assist by senior Matthew May (Van Buren).
Bluffton finished with one more shot than Manchester, 15-14. The visitors were whistled for 12 fouls, while Bluffton was called for only seven. Spence led the Beavers with four shots and one goal.
The Beavers return to the pitch on Saturday when they host Franklin College. The Heartland Conference contest is slated for 2:30 p.m.
Bluffton evens mark in HCAC with sweep at Earlham
By Meghan Mohr
Sports information assistant
RICHMOND, Ind. —The Bluffton University volleyball team routed the Earlham College Quakers on Wednesday, getting all 19 players into the match while not taxing the starters in a 3-set victory (25-15, 25-15, 25-21). The win moved the Beavers to 13-12 overall and 3-3 in the Heartland Conference.
Senior Heather Schierer (Crescent Springs, Ky./St. Henry) led the Beaver attack with seven kills and she was followed by Kendra Parmenter (Grove City) who pounded six kills on the night. Jenny Brown (St. Marys) and Kristen Beck (Paulding) chipped in five kills apiece. Freshmen setter Mackenzie Lauber (Mansfield/Madison) handed out 19 assists with help from freshman Danica Hicks (Convoy/Crestview) who added 12 of her own.
Junior libero Hailey Phillips (Malinta/Patrick Henry) and freshman Calista Dowdy (Van Wert/Lincolnview), who also saw time at libero, paced the Beavers with eight digs each. A trio of Beavers picked up five digs apiece: Lauber, Lindsay Krohn (Marysville, Ind./New Washington) and Kristyn Hovest (Pandora-Gilboa).
Saturday is slated to be “Last Ball for Founders Hall” as Bluffton takes on the Fightin Engineers of Rose-Hulman for Senior Day. What may be the last collegiate contest in Founders is scheduled for 1 p.m. as the Beavers move to the Sommer Center in November.