Division II Volleyball at Lima Senior
St. Marys, Wapakoneta to collide in sectional final on Saturday
LIMA — St. Marys teamed up to advance to the sectional final when Defiance’s blocking schemes frustrated the Roughrider volleyball team’s best hitter.
The Roughriders’ attacks came from all different sources in a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs on Wednesday night in a Division II sectional semifinal at Lima Senior.
The 25-17, 25-23, 25-19 win catapults St. Marys into Saturday night’s sectional title game against Wapakoneta. The Redskins defeated Bath in five games, 19-25, 25-7, 25-17, 20-25, 15-7, in the second game.
Defiance concentrated all its blocking up front on St. Marys standout Jenny Brown, holding Brown to six kills.
St. Marys responded with strong nights from other players along the front row.
“They did a good job of focusing in on Jenny, on shutting her down,” St. Marys head coach Tricia Rosenbeck said. “Usually that’s not a good thing for our team, but I thought the other girls really stepped it up and picked up their hitting games. We spread out the sets and put away the balls when we needed to.”
Kiley Schamp collected eight kills to lead St. Marys, Marie Bertke added six kills and Haley Hicks picked up three kills.
St. Marys also served well, tallying nine aces on the night.
The serving of Schamp put the Defiance serve receive and offense on its heels. Schamp finished the match with six aces — all of them catalysts for the Riders late in games.
“She’s definitely an aggressive player and person all-around,” Rosenbeck said. “She’s never going to back down, so her serve was definitely on. She was getting Defiance out of system a lot. She had the most aces we’ve had anyone have this season, so she’s an aggressive player and she did an awesome job all-around, I thought.”
Schamp closed out the first game 25-17 win with a pair of aces after the Riders jumped out to an early 6-2 lead.
The Roughriders scrapped to get the second game win. The Riders trailed 9-4 early after a string of unforced errors before scrapping its way back to even at 12-12. The teams traded points until Schamp served with the game tied at 20-20 and delivered back-to-back aces to give the Riders a lead they’d never relinquish.
A Jenny Brown block delivered the final point of the 25-23 second-game win.
“To pull out game two was huge,” Rosenbeck said.
St. Marys again rallied in the third game after falling behind 4-1 early. The Riders squared the game away and then scored the final six points to close out the match and advance to Saturday.
“We let them catch up there at 19-19 and then we put the ball in play and let them make the errors late,” Rosenbeck said. “We talk about that a lot, about being a consistent team and playing good defense and making the other team make the errors. It’s good we have Cierra Anderson back there to keep the ball in play. She’s a great defender.”
Defiance’s Demma Strausbaugh led the Bulldogs with a game-high 16 kills. The Bulldogs bow out of the tournament with a 13-10 record. St. Marys beat Defiance in both meetings this season.
St. Marys will play Wapakoneta for the second time this season on Saturday night at Lima Senior High School with a district berth on the line. The Riders defeated Wapakoneta on Oct. 4 on senior night in four games, 21-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-18.
Wapak 3, Bath 2
LIMA — Talk about your interesting finishes.
The Wapakoneta Redskins reversed a bizarre momentum shift in the fifth game to pull out a 3-2 win over the Bath Wildcats.
After pulling out to an 8-4 lead in the crucial fifth-game tiebreaker, Wapak was called for an illegal substitution.
The error had occurred two points earlier, so two points were taken from the Wapak score and Bath was awarded a penalty point and the serve. Suddenly it was just a one-point 6-5 lead and the Wildcats were serving. But Wapak went on a roll.
Carli Sammons and Megan Hayzlett each had a kill, Nicole Brown served an ace, and Ashlie Cox and Morgan Quellhorst each dropped in a pair of kills as the Redskins pulled away for a 15-7 win.
“I suppose we actually beat them 17-5,” Wapak coach Keith Rambin said. “We had a freshman in the game and she wasn’t supposed to run back in when she did. She didn’t understand the rule. ... We were trying to give them a different look and get an extra block up there.”
“But I told them, ‘We’ve still got the lead. We sideout here and we’ve got a two-point lead.’ ”
After Bath won the first game 25-19 behind seven kills by 6-foot senior hitter Liz Brock, Rambin adjusted his lineup and shadowed Brock with two blockers the remainder of the match.
The strategy paid off as Wapak cruised to a 25-7 win in Game 2. Brock had just two kills while Wapak scored several points off of blocks.
For the game, Quellhorst and Hayzlett combined for 14 blocks.
“We weren’t getting any efficient block up there at the net,” Rambin said. “I threw Megan up there and she plugged that hole real fast and allowed us to get back in the ballgame.”
The Redskins cruised again in the third game, taking advantage of a string of three straight kills by senior Krissy Stienbaugh to pull away to a 25-17 win.
But Brock and Bath came alive in the fourth, scoring five straight points to take a 13-7 lead and holding on for a 25-20 win. Brock had six kills in Game 4.
Stienbaugh and Quellhorst led Wapak with 17 kills apiece.
Brown had 50 assists for the Redskins. And libero Amber Dickerson had 22 digs.
Division II Boys Soccer at Shawnee
Elida stuns Wapakoneta, Riders face Bulldogs Saturday at 2 p.m.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — There won’t be a fourth straight installment of the simmering St. Marys-Wapakoneta boys sectional soccer rivalry.
Wapakoneta’s season came to an abrupt end as the Elida Bulldogs pulled off a 3-0 upset win in a Division II sectional semifinal Wednesday night at a rain-soaked Shawnee Field.
In a match that more closely resembled water polo than soccer at times, players raced through and slipped in puddles as the ball skipped all over the field.
St. Marys will face Elida at 2 p.m. at Shawnee on Saturday for a chance to move on to the district tournament
“We weren’t ready to play,” Wapak coach Marc Dyrness said. “The attention to detail wasn’t there by several of the players during the week. That’s one of those things where you’re counting your chickens before they hatch.”
The Redskins eliminated St. Marys in three straight postseason games dating back to 2008, but the Redskins had any shot of a fourth sunk by the Bulldogs on Wednesday.
Wapak outshot Elida 10-9 overall and 8-4 on-goal. But Elida goalkeeper Drew Laing stopped all eight Wapak threats.
The Bulldogs came into the postseason with just a 3-9-2 record. Wapak had defeated Elida 3-0 in their lone meeting this season.
“If the kids were (looking past Elida) they were sorely mistaken,” Dyrness said. “And that was explained to them multiple times. ...
“For three years we had losing seasons and came and knocked people out of the tournament. And I told them exactly that’s what Elida plans on doing.”
Elida got what would ultimately be the game-winning goal at the 29:37 mark of the first half when Trey Bowman crossed the ball through three defenders to Jerod Houston, who punched it into the right side of the net.
Houston scored his second goal of the night with 12:03 left in the half.
Riley Overholt scored Elida’s third goal on an assist from Houston with 4:09 left in the match.
“It was tough conditions and we handled it well,” Elida coach Tom Thomas said.