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Monroeville, St. Paul share Firelands Conference title

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Oct 10, 2019 at 10:56 PM

GREENWICH — Two state-ranked Firelands Conference rivals finished off two opponents in sweeps on Thursday to share the league championship.

In Greenwich, Monroeville (21-1, 13-1) swept host South Central in three games by scores of 25-5, 25-9 and 25-12.

It’s the sixth FC championship in program history for the Eagles (1986, 1988, 2011, 2014, 2015). Monroeville and St. Paul each won the home meeting this season to share the title, and both are the top two seeds in the Division IV Willard district, set to begin next Tuesday.

“I’m very proud of this group of girls,” Monroeville coach Kendra Snook said. “The team is continuing to work hard and I am very proud of the way they finished the regular season.

“To have both the JV and varsity teams win conference and have a combined regular season record of 42-1 is a tremendous accomplishment for the entire program,” she added.

In Thursday’s win, Monroeville (No. 5, Div. IV) got eight kills from Graisyn Yoder, followed by Kelsie Palmer (7), Kylee Brooks (6). Maura Brown had five blocks, and Brooks and Palmer each had three.

Adrian Barman was 16 for 16 serving with two aces and had 16 digs. Camryn Hedrick had 26 assists, and Yoder was 10 for 10 serving with two aces and nine digs.

For South Central (8-14, 6-8), Lorin Walcher had 13 digs, while Kailee Beaver and Taylor Sexton each had 10.

Monroeville (21-0, 13-0) won the junior varsity match in two (25-12, 25-14).


St. Paul 3, Plymouth 0

PLYMOUTH — The Lady Flyers (19-2, 13-1) also cruised in their victory, winning by scores of 25-7, 25-7, 25-4 over the Big Red.

It’s the 25th FC title in program history for St. Paul (No. 7, Div. IV), including a fourth straight, and the 18th in the last 20 seasons since 2000.

Since 2000, Monroeville or St. Paul has won at least a share of every FC championship for a 20-year span and counting.

“I couldn’t be prouder of these kids,” St. Paul coach Nancy Miller said. “I’ve said it before, but I think from where we were in August to say we’re going to put another number on our FC banner in the gym is incredible.

“The adjustments they made and the work ethic they put in to be where they’re at right now is awesome,” she added. “A a great group to work with in the gym.”

Josie Skinn finished Thursday’s match with 17 points, six aces and 10 digs. Kennedy Stang had 15 points, four aces and 10 digs, while Megan Hammersmith had 13 kills and Holly Powers added nine.

Dylian Knoll finished with 29 assists for St. Paul, which closes out the regular season on Saturday at Edison.


W. Reserve 3, New London 0

NEW LONDON — Western Reserve closed out the regular season at 14-8 overall and 9-5 in the FC with a sweep over the host Wildcats, 25-8, 25-9, 25-16.

Avery Tubbs had 14 kills and two blocks for the Roughriders, while Baylee Ruppert was 76-of-78 setting with 21 assists. Jessa Riley added 13 points with two aces, and Danielle Wyatt also had 13 points and Haley Griffith added nine. Avery Bomar added 10 digs.


Willard 3, Huron 1

WILLARD — The Crimson Flashes upset state-ranked Huron (No. 3, Div. III) to earn a share of the SBC Bay Division league championship on Thursday.

Willard (15-7, 9-1) won by scores of 25-22, 19-25, 25-15 and 26-24.

The Tigers (16-5, 9-1) had won the first meeting in three quick games, 25-25, 25-14 and 25-12 on Sept. 19.

“It was so nice to send this group of seniors out of their last regular season game with a win, along with Chloe (Weaver) reaching 1,000 assists,” Willard coach Ashley Bond said. “That is pretty special for them. It is proof that hard work will be rewarded because I've been around this group since they were seventh graders, and they're one of the hardest working groups you could ask for. Tonight was a total team effort and that is what I like best about this year's team.”

Cassie Crawford had 14 kills and six blocks along with 10 digs to pace Willard. Mckenna Stephens had 14 kills, eight digs and was 20 for 22 serving with an ace, and Alyse Cok followed with 12 kills, six blocks and eight digs.

Weaver had 45 assists and 10 digs, while Lauren Chaffins added eight kills and Haylie Hamons led the defense with 18 digs.



Oak Harbor 3, Edison 2

MILAN — The Chargers dropped their SBC Bay finale in five games on Thursday against the visiting Rockets.

Oak Harbor won by scores of 14-25, 25-23, 25-22, 9-25 and 15-5 over Edison (9-12, 4-6).

Kira Appeman had 19 kills and 15 digs to lead Edison. Olivia Vitaz had 10 kills, 26 assists and seven points, while Lilli Schuster had 15 kills, 15 points and 27 digs, and Regan King had 20 assists and nine points.

Also for Edison, Briana Keyser had nine kills, while Maddi Proy had 11 digs and four points. Mackenzie Wilson added four kills and four blocks, Halina Krul had seven points and Lindsey Roberts added two kills and three blocks.


Norwalk eighth-grade wins

NORWALK — The host Ladies in Blue eighth-grade team won in three over visiting Bellevue on Wednesday at the Middle School.

After losing Game 1 (25-15), Norwalk bounced back to win the next two games 25-22 and 25-19.

Ava Tyler and Jill Nash were 100 percent servers for Norwalk, while Paige Braley had five aces.

Adelina Roblero led the team defensively with 10 digs, while Abby Catlett and Callie Helton had seven digs each. Roblero added 10 kills at the net, while Callie Helton contributed 12 assists.

The team ends their season at 9 a.m. Saturday at the SBC tournament in Vermilion. Norwalk opens against Tiffin Columbian.


St. Paul JH sweeps Plymouth

NORWALK — The St. Paul junior high volleyball teams swept visiting Plymouth on Thursday to end the regular season.

The seventh-grade Lady Flyers finished a perfect 15-0 with a 25-16, 25-6 win. Lydia Rospert was 100 percent serving and had 17 points with five aces, while Olivia Newland and Hannah French were 100 percent servers and Lillian Chylik added nine points.

Kristin Matlack had seven assists, with six kills coming from Chylik. On defense, the entire team made minimal errors.

The eighth-grade team finished with a 10-5 record following a win of 25-20, 25-8.

Geralyn Mutchler led the team as a 100 percent server with 15 points, followed by Emma McFadden (100 percent, nine points). Willow Burger had 11 assists and Elaina Herrig added seven kills. Matlack was also a 100 percent server in the eighth-grade match.

Both teams will compete in the FC tournament this weekend, with the seventh-grade tourney at Western Reserve and the eighth-grade to be held at Monroeville.

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