Norwalk improved to 11-5 overall and 8-1 in the Lake with scores of 25-10, 25-14 and 25-14. After participating in the loaded Perrysburg Invitational on Saturday, Norwalk will host Sandusky next Thursday — then visit Vermilion on Oct. 8.
If it wins both, Norwalk will have clinched at least a share of the league title prior to the regular season finale at Bellevue (13-4, 6-2) on Oct. 10.
In Thursday’s win, Carly Bilton was 25-of-25 hitting with 13 kills. Claire Kelley had 10 kills and Mya Neuberger had nine on 23-of-23 hitting.
Neuberger was 21 for 22 serving with 18 points and two aces, while Elyse Balduff was 14 for 15 serving with 10 points and three aces, and Lindsey Koenig added 11 points. Koenig and Kelley also each had 14 digs.
Also for Norwalk, setter Olivia Ward was 80-of-80 with 34 assists.
“The girls came out and played well tonight,” Norwalk coach Sarah Kipp said. “Carly, Claire and Mya all had a great night in the front row. Lindsey and Claire both played very well defensively, and Elyse had some key digs for us in the second game. Overall, I’m happy with how we played.”
St. Paul 3, New London 0
NEW LONDON — The state-ranked Lady Flyers swept the host Wildcats in a Firelands Conference match on Thursday.
St. Paul (12-1, 9-1) won by scores of 25-11, 25-11, 25-9.
Dylian Knoll served 16 points and five aces, and set 31 assists for the Lady Flyers, the No. 6-ranked team in the Division IV state coaches poll. Also for St. Paul, Megan Hammersmith had 13 kills and Brooke Houck had 10, followed by Karlie Rudolph (9) and Holly Powers (8).
Also for St. Paul, Kennedy Stang served 10 points with five aces and 18 digs.
For New London (2-14, 0-10), Catherine Blaser had four kills and Kaleigh Logan had four points. Natalie Ferguson had 19 digs, and Sasha Down had eight. Kaitlyn Ballinger had eight assists.
St. Paul’s JV team also won in two games.
Monroeville 3, Mapleton 0
ORANGE TWP. — The state-ranked Eagles improved to 15-1 overall and 9-1 in the FC with Thursday’s sweep of the Mounties.
Monroeville won by scores of 25-10, 25-5, 25-11.
Kelsie Palmer had 12 kills and was 13 for 14 serving with an ace for the Eagles, who also got 10 kills from Graisyn Yoder, followed by Reece Kluding (7), Kyle Brooks (6) and Maura Brown (6). Brooks also had three blocks and Kluding was 10 for 12 serving with two aces and six digs.
Also for the Eagles, Adrian Barman was 13 for 14 serving with four aces and 12 digs, and Camryn Hedrick had 38 assists.
Monroeville (15-0, 9-0) also won the junior varsity match, 25-8, 25-11.
Crestview 3, W. Reserve 0
COLLINS — The Roughriders fell to 10-4 overall and 6-3 in the FC with Thursday’s loss to the Cougars.
Crestview won by scores of 25-22, 25-23, 25-21.
For Western, Avery Tubbs had 16 kills and Emma Weber had 12. Jessa Riley had 13 digs and eight points, while Avery Tubbs also had 13 digs. Baylee Ruppert was 88-of-90 setting with 25 assists, and Kendall Weber served eight points and Bomar had seven.
So. Central 3, Plymouth 0
PLYMOUTH — The Trojans swept past the host Big Red for an FC win on Thursday, winning by scores of 25-12, 25-12, 25-12.
With the win, South Central improved its record to 7-9 overall and 6-4 in the league.
The Trojans return to action on Saturday for a non-league match at Colonel Crawford.
Huron 3, Edison 0
MILAN — The Div. III No. 4-ranked Tigers swept the host Chargers in Thursday’s SBC Bay Division match, 25-23, 25-13, 25-17.
With the loss, Edison fell to 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the league.
Willard 3, Port Clinton 1
PORT CLINTON — The Crimson Flashes improved to 9-7 overall and 5-1 in the Bay Division with Thursday’s win over the Redskins.
Willard won by scores of 25-5, 21-25, 25-6, 25-8.
Cassie Crawford led the hitting with 18 kills, and was followed by Mckenna Stephens (13) and Alyse Cok (11). Chloe Weaver had 40 assists, while Haylie Hamons had 12 digs.
Willard is back in action on Tuesday vs. Edison.
Norwalk eighth-grade wins
PERKINS TWP. — The Norwalk eighth-grade volleyball team improved to 14-3 with a two-game win over Perkins on Wednesday, 25-19, 25-18.
Paige Braley and Jill Nash were 100 percent servers, and Ava Tyler had 10 points. Abby Catlett and Adelina Roblero led the defense, while Catlett and Tyler each had four kills.
Madison Simon and Roblero also had two kills, and Tyler finished with nine assists.
Norwalk is at Sandusky on Tuesday.
Willard 5, Huron 0
WILLARD — The Crimson Flashes ended the regular season at 17-3 overall and a perfect 14-0 in the SBC Bay Division with Thursday’s sweep over the Tigers.
Willard will enter 2020 as the three-time defending league champions and a 42-match winning streak in SBC matches.
On Thursday, Addy Paxton defeated Riley Fry (6-4, 6-2) at first singles, while Ella Schag defeated Madisen Stockard (6-1, 6-1) at second singles. Natalie Van Zoest swept Katie Cooper at third singles (6-0, 6-0).
At first doubles, it was Whitney Robinson and Kennedy Daub swept (6-0, 6-0). Becca Slone and Kalli Sowers beat Lauren Walls and Ella Lamb at second doubles (6-1, 6-2).
Edison 5, Oak Harbor 0
MILAN — The Chargers concluded the regular season with a 15-3 record overall and 12-2 in the SBC Bay Division.
Edison’s only losses were two 3-2 setbacks to Bay champion Willard, and a loss to SBC Lake champion Norwalk.
On Thursday, Jayla Medina, Emily Vogus and Alli Vogus each swept their matches at first, second and third singles (6-0, 6-0).
At first doubles, Kaylee Ries and Torri Keyser defeated Bailey Lafountain and Vivian Kunkle (6-0,6-1). Edison capped the sweep as Emily Moore and Lindsey Kowalski beat Christine Arent and Ella Dedes, 7-6 (2),7-6 (2).
Edison 2, Perkins 2
MILAN — The Chargers tied visiting Perkins in non-league play on Thursday as Autumn Canterbury and Ruby Knowles scored.
Katie Nealey added an assist for Edison (2-7-2), which hosts Port Clinton at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.