Neither team was able to maintain it for long, but the Chargers managed to keep it when it counted the most and took a 25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 25-23 victory over the Eagles in a Division III sectional title match Saturday at Huron High School.
“It was what we expected, a back-and-forth match and no decent leads,” said Edison coach Sean Hoover. “We knew they were an aggressive serving team. They got a few aces in out us, but our kids hung in there and stayed tough.”
The Chargers (11-13) take on Huron, a 3-0 winner over Ashland Crestview, for a third time this season in the second of two distinct semifinal games Tuesday at Seneca East High School.
Edison rallied from an early 10-5 deficit, and finally inched away to take the first game, with the Eagles using a late 7-2 scoring spurt to take the second.
Edison held the the lead throughout much off the third game, but still had to hold off the Eagles late in the third and fourth game before putting both away.
“Once we were able to take their outside hitting out, we knew they would have to do some things they weren’t comfortable with,” Hoover said. “We talked about making them do things they weren’t comfortable with.”
Kira Appeman paced the Chargers with 14 kills, 14 digs and three aces, while Lilli Schuster collected 10 kills, six digs and a pair of blocks and Olivia Vitaz added 14 assists, 13 digs, nine kills and six blocks.
Reagan King finished with 22 assists and six digs, Lindsay Roberts had seven kills and four blocks and Natalie Lambert had 24 digs and a pair of aces. In addition, Briana Keyser had a kill and five blocks, Kayla Mancuso had six digs and Deana Blatnik added five blocks and three digs.
“Our girls played well,” Hoover said. “They had confidence they could win and went out there and got it done.”
Willard 3, W. Reserve 0
GALION — The Crimson Flashes improved to 17-7 and advanced to a district semifinal at Seneca East on Tuesday with Saturday afternoon’s sweep over Western Reserve.
Willard won by scores of 25-16, 25-16, 25-13 to advance to the 5:30 p.m. semifinal against state-ranked No. 7 Galion (22-1) — the top seed in the district.
“Getting a sectional championship is always a good feeling,” Willard coach Ashley Bond said. “Our serve receive did a great job all night of keeping us in system, so we could swing. I thought Maraya Polachek had an outstanding overall match, both serving and on defense, and everyone else built off of that.
“We had a few rough spots in Game 2, but were able to stay mentally tough and push through it — so that was nice to see,” she added.
Polachek was 26 for 26 serving with four aces and 16 digs to pace the Flashes, while Cassie Crawford had 18 kills, while Mckenna Stephens had 14, and Alyse Cok had 10 kills and three blocks. Chloe Weaver had 42 assists, and Haylie Hamons added 13 digs.
For Western (15-9), Avery Tubbs had 18 kills to surpass 1,000 for her high school career. Baylee Ruppert was 69-of-70 setting with 23 assists, while Avery Bomar and Kendall Weber each served three points.
Clear Fork 3, Norwalk 0
BELLVILLE — The host Colts scored three second-half goals in Saturday’s Div. II sectional title match to end Norwalk’s season.
The match was scoreless 10 minutes into the second half, but the Colts (11-4-2) scored three goals in a 16-minute span to win and advance.
Norwalk ended its season with a record of 12-3-2.
Willard 2, Cory-Rawson 1
WILLARD — The Crimson Flashes topped visiting Cory-Rawson in a Div. III sectional championship match to extend their season.
With the win, No. 6-seeded Willard improved to 8-8-1 and will face top seed Bluffton (12-2-2) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Frost-Kalnow Stadium in Tiffin.