ST. MARYS — Celina’s Michaela Wenning often looks like she has springs in her shoes on the volleyball court, putting the ball down on the other side of the net before the opposition even has a chance to think about a potential block.
The defending state champion high jumper finished off 17 kills in Celina’s 3-1 victory over rival St. Marys at Memorial High School on Thursday night in 25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16 fashion.
“We’re amazing when we pass the ball to our setters,” Celina head coach Amy Sutter said. “And Micky (Wenning) is just incredible.”
“She jumps this high,” Sutter added holding her hand neck high. “I wish I could do that. She’s amazing.”
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Wenning delivered seven kills in the important third set, where Celina took control.
“Wenning killed us on her quicks,” St. Marys head coach Monica VanderHorst said. “She controlled us at the net and then we made hitting errors.”
The loss knocks St. Marys out of the top spot in the Western Buckeye League standings. St. Marys had won three straight WBL matches. Celina is one of four teams atop the WBL standings at 4-1 along with Van Wert, Defiance and Ottawa-Glandorf.
St. Marys led the almost the whole way in the first set, building a 13-9 lead before Celina came back to win it 25-23.
“We just made more mistakes than they did,” St. Marys head coach Monica VanderHorst said. “It was a battle. The girls have come a long way from the place we started this year, but you have to eliminate those little mistakes. We served very well. We only had three or four mistakes serving in the match. I’m very pleased with our effort. We battled.”
Reagan Aller led St. Marys with 16 kills.
St. Marys plays at the Van Wert Invitational on Saturday, opening against state-ranked Versailles, which swept New Knoxville 3-0 on Thursday.