Sectional Volleyball Round-Up: New Knoxville, New Bremen still alive in sectionals
Division IV at Coldwater
New Knoxville 3, Parkway 1; St. Henry 3, Spencerville 0
COLDWATER — New Knoxville answered Parkway’s bid to flip the momentum in the teams’ sectional semifinal volleyball match on Wednesday night.
The Rangers coasted through the first two games with wins and then closed out the match with a strong start to the fourth game in a 3-1 win over Parkway on Wednesday at The Palace. The Rangers beat the Panthers, 25-17, 25-19, 17-25, 25-21, to advance in the Division IV sectional tournament.
In the first match of the night, defending state champion St. Henry dealt Spencerville a quick three-game loss, 25-9, 25-7, 25-9.
New Knoxville and St. Henry will play on Saturday in a sectional final match at Coldwater at approximately 7:15 p.m. Marion Local and Fort Recovery will play in the 6 p.m. game that night. The winners from this meatgrinder of a sectional that seems to produce a state champion on a yearly basis advance to the Van Wert district. Parkway ends the season at 8-15, while New Knoxville continues on with a 17-6 record. New Knoxville freshman Rachel Leffel led New Knoxville with eight kills and seven service aces. Taylor Niemeyer had six kills. Madison Lammers and Meg Reineke had six kills apiece, and both Haley Horstman and Paige Lehman each had five kills. New Knoxville’s Horstman led the way with 16 digs. Kalyn Schroer had 11 digs. Horstman also led New Knoxville with 23 assists, while Reineke added 11 assists.
Fort Recovery 3, Minster 2
COLDWATER — The Division IV sectional volleyball tournament got on its way Tuesday night with the Minster Wildcats and the Fort Recovery Indians competing for a chance to play top-seeded Marion Local in the sectional finals. It will be the Indians who get that chance after a five-set 23-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-12 win on Tuesday night at The Palace.
Photos: Minster vs. Fort Recovery Division IV sectional at Coldwater (Photos by David Pence)
“We just couldn’t pass and I don’t think we demanded enough out of each other,” said Minster coach Cami Lefeld. “When we made an error, nobody demanded that person to go make the next play. I felt like we were just going through the motions. Fort Recovery wanted it more than us.”
Minster ends its season at 12-11 overall while Fort Recovery improved to 9-14. Claire McGowan led the Wildcats with 17 kills and four blocks. Regan Hahn dished out 41 assists while Alisha Monnin recored 28 digs and Megan Kaiser added four blocks.
Division III at Lincolnview
New Bremen 3, Paulding 2
LINCOLNVIEW — New Bremen overcame a two-set deficit against Paulding and with a strong performance in the front line, the Cardinals defeated the Panthers 23-25, 12-25, 25-22, 25-20 and 15-10 in a Division III sectional semifinal at Lincolnview High School on Tuesday.
“I think we went in thinking it would be an easier match than last year (against Wayne Trace),” Cardinals head coach Theresa Jenkins said. “The girls that I put out there are a little younger but I thought they rose to the occasion and I am very proud of all of them coming back and finishing.
“I told them they had nothing to lose after the second set,” Jenkins said. “It was either that game or we are done or we comeback and strategize.”
Julie Brown led the way with 13 kills and three blocks. Victoria Wente had 12 kills. Devon Heitkamp had 9 kills and 2 blocks. Karli Jones added 41 assists for New Bremen. The Panthers had 15 aces in the match compared to four aces for the Cardinals.The Cardinals will face the LCC Thunderbirds on Saturday in the sectional championship at 6 p.m.
Division II at Lima Senior
CELINA 3, BATH 0
LIMA — The top-seeded Celina volleyball team beat Bath in three games to advance to the Saturday’s Division II sectional final at Lima Senior High School on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs downed the Wildkittens, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23, and will play Shawnee on Saturday night. Shawnee beat Elida, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21, in the other match at Lima Senior on Wednesday night. Celina's Michaela Wenning led the Bulldogs with 16 kills.