Tuesday Tournament Round-Up
Division IV Volleyball at Coldwater
COLDWATER — Auglaize County’s two Division IV volleyball teams had their seasons end at the hands of tough Midwest Athletic Conference opponents in sectional semifinal matches at Coldwater High School on Tuesday night.
New Knoxville took state-ranked Parkway to the brink in the nightcap, but the Panthers rallied to take the final game 17-15 and win the match, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23,23-25, 17-15.
Marion Local ended Minster’s season with an efficient three-game sweep of the Wildcats, 25-17, 25-14, 25-20, in the opening semifinal game.
Parkway and Marion Local now meet in a sectional final match on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Coldwater.
New Knoxville won the fourth game to force a fifth and had a serve with a chance to win the match with one more point up 14-11 in that final game.
“It didn’t look very good,” Parkway head coach Jeff Marbaugh said.
But Parkway (18-5) scored four consecutive points while New Knoxville (13-10) hit the ball into the net twice to tie the deciding game 15-15.
Parkway’s first team All-MAC performer Bailey King slammed down a spike to put Parkway up 16-15 and the Rangers hit an attack into the net to end the match.
“Fifth games are always hard,” New Knoxville head coach Jill Roode said. “They’re so short. We felt like we were in a position to win and we just didn’t do it.
Minster took Marion Local to five games during the regular season, but Marion Local head coach Amy Steininger said her team has improved greatly and has undergone line-up changes since then.
“This is one of the better matches we’ve played all year,” Steininger said. “Our hitting was very efficient. We were smart. We were trying to hit to open areas and we were successful at it.”
Sami Brown had nine kills for Minster and Claire McGowan added seven.
Division III Volleyball at Lincolnview
LINCOLNVIEW – Serving is one of the biggest keys for any volleyball team to be successful. The New Bremen Cardinals got quality ones as they defeated the Wayne Trace Raiders 25-21, 25-21, 8-25 and 25-20 in the Division III semifinal held at Lincolnview High School on Tuesday.
“I think that leadership thing that we have been looking for all season came through tonight,” Cardinals head coach Theresa Jenkins said. “I think some of the girls stepped up and they had to serve tougher.”
The Cardinals (8-15) will face Lima Central Catholic in the sectional final on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at Lincolnview.
Haley Moeller led the Cardinasl with 10 kills and added 20 digs. Jessie Rindler had eight kills. Meagan Brandt had five aces and16 digs. Karli Jones had four aces and 31 assists.
In the other match at Linconview, Paulding beat Fairview, 3-0.
Division II Volleyball at Lima Senior
LIMA — The Celina volleyball team made quick work of Shawnee, 25-6, 25-7, 25-7, to open the Division II sectional tournament at Lima Senior High School on Tuesday.
Beth Homan led Celina with eight kills.
Elida defeated Van Wert in the nightcap, 25-22, 25-22, 32-30, to advance to Saturday’s sectional final.
The two WBL Bulldog squads will play at 6 p.m.
The all-WBL sectional at Lima Senior resumes tonight when St. Marys (17-5) and Defiance (13-9) square off for the second time this season.
St. Marys won the regular season match-up at Defiance in four sets, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21, 25-15.
St. Marys is looking to advance to the sectional title game for the second time in three seasons.
The Roughriders closed the season by winning eight of its final nine matches. Defiance won four of its last five games of the season heading into tournament.
Division II Sectional
Elida 5, Kenton 1
BATH TOWNSHIP — The Elida girls soccer team advanced in the Division II sectional at Bath with a 5-1 win. Elida scored three times in the second half.