At first singles, Megan Berry clinched first team All-SBC with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Bellevue’s Chloe Brubaker and a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Perkins’ Serena Bruno. Berry will play in the final match against Clyde’s Heidi Marshall on Saturday.
In second singles, Gabby Horowitz downed Columbian’s Katie Smith 6-2, 6-1 and Shelby’s Kristen Long 6-1, 6-2 to advance to a final match against Clyde’s Alayna Barrera.
Lizzie Ratliff won both matches in third singles — first a 6-0, 6-3 decision over Columbian’s Casey Knulson, followed by a 6-2, 6-1 win against Audrey Smith. Ratliff will play against Clyde’s Jill Eisenblaetter in the finals.
The first doubles team of Macy Miller and Jordan Gran were named to the First Team all-SBC. They defeated Skyler Mills and Kiana Fridrich of Vermilion by a score of 6-1, 6-1, followed by a 6-1, 6-3 win over their Sandusky counterpart. Miller and Gran will face a Perkins duo in the final match.
Sela Berry and Mara Berry won both matches on Thursday. They first downed Finley Means and Jensen Feussner of Shelby 6-0, 6-0. They then beat Bellevue’s Mady Brugnone and Wyanna Schalk 6-4, 7-6(5). Sela and Mara will take on Clyde’s Saylor Meyer and Siera Hisey on Saturday.
“On a hot and humid day, we played some of their best tennis on the season,” Norwalk coach Chris Higgins said. “All seven varsity players at five positions made the finals. The final will played on Saturday at Port Clinton. Being the first year of the SBC, it is pretty impressive for everyone to be in contention for first or second team. We will be facing some very familiar foes in Clyde and Perkins in the different finals.”
Edison, Willard to have representatives in SBC Bay finals
PORT CLINTON — The Chargers and Crimson Flashes will both have multiple players in Saturday’s SBC Bay division finals.
At first singles, Edison’s Mariah Medina will face Willard’s Emma Moll in the final match. Medina won her first two matches 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 7-5. Moll picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win and a 6-2, 6-2 win.
Willard’s Carlee Gibson will take on Edison’s Jayla Medina in the second singles final. Gibson, the No. 1 seed, had a first-round bye and won the semifinal match 6-3, 6-0. Medina earned wins of 6-2, 6-2 and 6-4, 6-1.
In third singles, Edison’s Emily Vogus will face off with Oak Harbor’s Addison Hasselbach. Vogus defeated Willard’s Addison Paxton in the semifinal 6-2, 6-3 after winning the opening round 6-0, 6-0.
Willard’s Jo Brubaker and Kennedy Daub are slated to take on a Port Clinton duo in Saturday’s finals match. Brubaker and Daub won their two matches 6-0, 6-0 and 6-3, 6-2.
The Flashes’ Whitney Robinson and Tori Barnett defeated Edison’s Madisyn Frederick and Kassidy Burdue 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinal round to advance.
Norwalk 3, Columbian 1
Norwalk avoided a fifth game for a second time this season with visiting Columbian on Thursday, besting the Tornadoes in four games, 25-17, 25-13, 20-25, 26-24.
With the win, Div. II No. 18-ranked Norwalk improved to 9-3 overall and 7-0 in the Sandusky Bay Conference Lake division. It also marks the 75th straight league win spanning the Northern Ohio League and SBC for the program.
“Tonight we played great the first two sets,” Norwalk coach Angie Kalizewski said. “The girls did a great job of controlling the tempo and the offense the entire time. I thought we let up in the next two games and Tiffin played well.
“Even though we let up, we never gave up, and that makes a big difference,” she added. “Overall I’m proud of these girls for making great improvements every day.”
For Norwalk, Aimee Smith had 14 kills, and Carly Bilton had 12 and Claire Kelley added eight.
Smith also served a team-high 17 points with three aces, while Anne Davison had 13 points and four aces, and Alaina Kelley had 10 points and two aces.
Also for Norwalk, Davidson had 26 digs and both Alaina Kelley and Haleigh Skinner had 10 each. Alaina Kelley was also 121-of-122 setting with 38 assists.
Western Reserve 3, New London 0
NEW LONDON — The Lady ‘Riders swept the Wildcats in Thursday’s Firelands Conference match, winning 25-12, 25-15, 25-7.
Andrea Robson paced Western Reserve (9-4, 5-3) in serving with 17 points, while Alyssa Burch scored 15 points. Avery Tubbs was 13-of-13 at the net with eight kills and two blocks. Keragan Fannin added three kills and added a block assist. Robson was 36-of-36 setting with 15 assists and Hannah Burke was 29-of-30 with 12 assists. Morgan White was 100 percent on serve receive.
Maryonna Cathey led New London (3-10, 2-6) in serving with five points, including two aces. Gabby Ledbetter paced the squad with four kills, while Lili Bartow added three. Bartow and Leah McNeely each had seven digs. Bartow led the team with seven assists.
Monroeville 3, South Central 0
GREENWICH — The Eagles were able to hold off the Trojans in Thursday’s FC contest, winning 25-21, 25-19, 25-17.
Ashlyn Tommas paced Monroeville (9-3, 7-1) in serving with five aces, while Kirsten and Stacia Stieber each had two aces. Kara Schafer notched 34 assists, Kelsie Palmer tallied 12 kills and two blocks and Kylee Brooks and Adrian Barman each had seven kills and a block. Stacia Stieber led the squad with 30 digs.
Maddie Albert was 11-of-11 serving with an ace for South Central (9-7, 4-4), while also tallying 20 digs and setting 94-of-95 with 13 assists. Taylor Sexton was 6-of-6 serving with an ace. Izzy Hauler led the Trojans at the net, going 20-of-22 with four kills, while Danielle Ott was 6-of-8 with four kills. Jenna West and Sarah Oney contributed with 19 and 18 digs, respectively.
Edison 3, Margaretta 2
MILAN — Edison defeated Margaretta in SBC Bay division action Thursday, 25-18, 24-26, 20-25, 25-22, 17-15.
Leading the Chargers (5-8, 4-3 SBC) was Kami Neuberger with 28 assists, 16 digs and six kills, while Jessica Stoll added 18 kills, 16 digs and five points, Grace Houser contributed 22 points, two aces, 17 assists and eight digs, and Natalie Lambert had 23 digs, 11 points and one ace.
Also for Edison, Macy Stower had 24 digs, seven points and one ace, while Hannah Vitaz added nine kills, Lilli Schuster had six kills, Brooke Houser had 10 points and one ace and Alana Fidler added five kills.
The Chargers return to action Tuesday at Vermilion.
Edison 4, Willard 2
WILLARD — Edison defeated the Crimson Flashes in SBC Bay division action Thursday.
Ian Janssen and Nick Lombardi both scored a pair of goals for the Chargers (6-4, 5-2 SBC), while Kyle Summerland, Lombardi and Janssen each notched an assist.
Edison returns to action Saturday at home against Riverdale.
Vermilion 2, Edison 2
MILAN — Vermilion and Edison played to a 2-2 tie in SBC Bay division action Thursday.
Piper Nickoli and Savanna Smith scored the Chargers' (3-3-2, 2-1-2 SBC) two goals.
Edison returns to action Monday at home against Mansfield.
Norwalk falls on tiebreaker twice in a row
The Norwalk girls golf team lost for a second day in a row on a tiebreaker, this time vs. Perkins, 182-182 (56-59).
Bethany Cring shot a 40 to pace Norwalk (6-5), while Anna Little had a 42, and Hannah Dumbeck (48) and Bella Blaney (52) were next.
On Wednesday, the Truckers lost on a tiebreaker to Clyde.
Cring shot a 44, followed by Dumbeck (46), Little (47) and Madison Duncan (59).