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ST. MARYS 3, BATH 0
LIMA — The St. Marys volleyball team has completely turned around its season . Thursday night’s road win was just more proof of that transformation. The Roughriders rolled to 25-16, 25-16, 25-14 win at Bath to win for the fifth time in their last six matches and improve to 3-1 in the Western Buckeye League.
After losing their first five matches of the season, St. Marys (5-8, 3-1 WBL) has now won three straight in WBL play.
“They’re confident in each other right now,” St. Marys head coach Monica VanderHorst said.
St. Marys’ Reagan Aller boomed 23 kills for the Roughriders. Erika Angstmann added nine kills.
“I’m pleased with our defense. Rachel Meier had eight digs, Natalie Kuenning and Mallory Kill did a great job,” VanderHorst said. “We played to win. They want to win. That’s hard to instill and right now we want to win.”
Kill had 13 digs and Erika Angstmann had 11 digs. Natalie Kuenning had 33 assists and four aces on the night.
With matches against Celina, Defiance, Wapkaoneta, O-G and Van Wert still left on the WBL schedule, there’s plenty of opportunities against good teams.
“I’m pleased with all 11 players on my bench,” VanderHorst said. “We’re having a lot of fun. They’re not satisfied with playing mediocre. That’s what I’m happy about. We want to be that darkhorse that knocks off teams in the WBL. I think we can stir it up a bit in the league.”
St. Marys travels to Greenville on Monday with a 5:30 p.m. JV match start time.
NEW KNOXVILLE 3, NEW BREMEN 2
NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen Cardinals volleyball team controlled the first two sets of the MAC contest against New Knoxville, but the Rangers came back and forced a fifth set and defeated the Cardinals 23-25, 18-25, 25-18, 25-23 and 15-11.
“The girls played a good match tonight,” Rangers head coach Jill Roode said. “The girls responded in the last three sets. Before after we got down two sets, they would have thrown in the towel, but the girls reacted and I’m very proud of them.”
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“We let our guard down,” Cardinals head coach Theresa Jenkins said. “New Knoxville is a great team and took it to us in the last three sets.”
Madison Lammers led New Knoxville (9-3, 4-1 MAC) with 16 kills, five blocks and 33 digs.Meg Reineke had six kills, three aces, three blocks 21 digs and 15 assists. Kenzie Schroer had five kills and two blocks. Haley Horstman added four kills, 18 digs and 17 assists. Kalyn Schroer had two aces and 46 digs. Jenna Schwiterman had two kills and two blocks. Abby Rohrbach had 25 digs and an ace.
Julie Brown led New Bremen with 18 kills. Devon Heitkamp added 12 kills and seven blocks. Kaitlyn Ahrns added 13 kills.
The Rangers (10-3, 2-1) will entertain Jackson Center on Monday, while New Bremen (9-5, 2-3) will entertain Shawnee on Tuesday.
VERSAILLES 3, MINSTER 0
The state-ranked Versailles Tigers beat the Minster volleyball team 25-17, 25-11, 25-15 in a Midwest Athletic Conference match on Thursday evening. Megan Kaiser led Minster with five kills. Hannah Schmitmeyer and Sara Hosey each added four kills. Cassie Jutte added two aces and a team-high 17 digs. LeAnn Huelsman added 10 digs. Versailles improved to 8-2 and 4-1 in the MAC. Misnter fell to 0-5 in the MAC and 5-8 overall. The Wildcats host their invitational on Saturday.
CELINA 3, WAPAKONETA 0
Celina won the battle of teams that entered the night 6-6 with a 25-10, 25-15 and 25-11 win over Wapakoneta on Thursday. Michaela Wenning led the Bulldogs with 10 kills.
MARION LOCAL 3, COLDWATER 0
Top-ranked Marion Local swept Coldwater 27-25, 25-11, 25-20 in a MAC volleyball showdown at The Palace on Thursday. Coldwater slips to 4-2 in the MAC. Marion Local improves to 5-0, tied with St. Henry atop the league standings. Gina Kramer led Marion Local with 13 kills. Brooke Winner added 10 kills, and Clara Wuebker had eight kills and 11 digs for the 10-0 Flyers.
TROY CHRISTIAN 4, NEW KNOXVILLE 2
Ben Kuck and Caleb Yeatts scored goals for the New Knoxville boys soccer team in a 4-2 loss to Troy Christian on Thursday. New Knoxville goalkeeper Dean Frankenberg made six saves.Troy Christian got a pair of goals from Dickens and single goals from Canavan and Null. New Knoxville hosts Fort Jennings on Saturday at 10 a.m.