The St. Marys girls tennis team closed out the home portion of their schedule with a 3-2 loss to Bluffton on Monday.
St. Marys has lost three straight home matches by that narrow 3-2 score, with a doubles match making the difference.
“It was a familiar script,” St. Marys head coach Brice Brenneman said. “That was a pretty solid first doubles team we were going up against and we had things going our way, but it slipped away from us.”
Bluffton’s Maggie Fett won first singles against St. Marys’ Anna Ernst 6-1, 6-1. St. Marys’ Abby Wilker won over Bluffton’s Justine Mitchell 6-2, 6-2. The Roughriders’ Hanna Felver beat Kayla Edgington 6-4, 6-1. Bluffton swept the doubles matches. The Pirates’ Abby Haslep and Juliana Hotmire captured first doubles against St. Marys’ Jennifer Lauth and Avarie Ellis 5-7, 6-4, 7-5. At second doubles Bluffton’s Brielle Hamilton and Sara Bertka defeated Jenna Perry and Kiersten Boeckman 6-3, 6-2.
St. Marys (2-11) will compete at the Western Buckeye League tournament on Thursday.
ST. MARYS 3, GREENVILLE 0
GREENVILLE — The St. Marys volleyball team continued its second-half surge with a 25-10, 25-15, 25-14 win at Greenville on Monday evening, setting up a showdown with Celina on Thursday night.
The Roughriders have won three straight matches and six of their last eight.
St. Marys’ Reagan Aller led the Roughriders with 13 kills and a team-high four digs against the Green Wave.
Natalie Kuenning had 30 assists. Mallory Kill had 24 digs. Rachel Meier added 15 service points.
The St. Marys junior varsity won in two games, 25-22, 25-13.
The Roughriders, who improved to 6-8, hosts Celina (7-6) on Thursday in a match-up of 3-1 WBL teams.
JACKSON CENTER 3, NEW KNOXVILLE 0
NEW KNOXVILLE – It was hard for the New Knoxville Rangers to get into an offensive flow Monday evening against the Jackson Center volleyball team. The Tigers used some strong hitting to defeat the Rangers 25-19, 25-16 and 25-22 in a non-league match at New Knoxville.
“With our reaction time we were not quite there tonight,” Rangers head coach Jill Roode said. “Jackson has some very strong hitters and we were not doing the things we needed to do to get us in a position to swing back.”
Madison Lammers led the Rangers (10-4) with 11 kills to go with three blocks. Meg Reineke and Rachel Leffel each had four kills.
In the JV match New Knoxville won 25-15 and 25-19.
The Rangers (10-4) will entertain Versailles Thursday in a MAC contest.
ST. MARYS 3, DEFIANCE 0
DEFIANCE — The St. Marys girls soccer team earned a 3-0 Western Buckeye League road win over Defiance on Monday.
St. Marys improved to 6-3-1 and 4-1-1 in the Western Buckeye League. Celina remains atop the WBL standings at 4-0-2, with Elida, Bath and St. Marys all tied for second at 4-1-1.
The Roughriders host Wapakoneta (9-3-0, 3-3 WBL) on Thursday.