DOVER -- Newcomerstown moved forward in Division IV Sectional tournament action with a win over Conotton Valley on Tuesday, 25-19, 20-25, 25-13, 25-20.
Allison Snyder led Newcomerstown (9-14), tallying 14 kills and eight blocks. Chelsea Bryant added 15 points (eight aces) and 14 digs; Krystin Raach dished out 29 assists and scored 10 points while serving a perfect 16-of-16 mark; Erica Roberts and Cydney McMillian recorded nine and seven kills, respectively; and Taylor Crossman registered 16 digs.
The win over Conotton Valley (4-17) sends Newcomerstown to a Sectional Championship game against familiar foe Tuscarawas Central Catholic, to whom the Trojans have fallen twice this season.
Nc'town's tournament dreams end
DOVER -- Newcomerstown's trek down the tournament trail came to an end on Thursday night with a 25-16, 25-6, 25-15 loss to top-seeded Tuscarawas Central Catholic in Division IV Sectional volleyball action.
The Trojans attempted to grab some momentum by taking a victory over the Saints (21-2) in game one, but came up short.
"We battled hard in that first game. It was 7-7 early and they pulled away a bit," Newcomerstown coach John Dupke said. "Then we fought back and got within 17-15, but then we ran out of gas."
The rest of the night would belong to TCC, which would control the action in the next two games. Molly Lawless scored seven points with two aces and added 11 kills, 13 assists and seven digs to pace the Saints, who were ranked No. 7 in the state in the Division IV final coach's poll. Millie Patchan added seven points (five aces), 11 kills, 16 assists and eight digs.
"They really controlled game two from the get-go," Dupke continued. "Danielle Cugliari went back to serve with them leading 13-6 and reeled off 12 straight points to give them the win."
Erica Roberts led Newcomerstown (9-15) with four points, six digs, three kills and a pair of blocks while Krystin Raach dished out 15 assists. Allison Snyder recorded nine kills and Andrea McWhorter finished with six digs.
"We had a slow start this year; we had several kids quit right before the season. That forced us to move up some JV kids and sort of rush them into action," Dupke said. "That set us back quite a bit, but we recovered.
"I'm pretty happy with the end result of our season," Dupke explained. "We improved from four wins last year, to nine this season and in the sectional finals which is a positive step."
Dupke is hoping for his Trojans to continue to make positive strides into next season.
"I'm looking forward to next year," Dupke said. "We only lose three seniors next year, and with some good work in our offseason program, the future looks bright."
Ridgewood beats Indian Valley
UHRICHSVILLE -- Ridgewood began Division III tournament action on Wednesday with a tough win over Indian Valley. Final scores for the game, which was played at Claymont High School, were 25-22, 29-27, 25-15.
Kayla Tedrick was on top for the Generals (15-5) with nine points, five kills, four blocks, 11 assists and 16 digs. Victoria Wiggins came through with 10 points, seven kills and seven blocks while Kim Michael contributed five points, six kills and 12 blocks. Jordan Vaiea finished with nine points, seven kills and 11 digs and Lacey Berry helped out with 14 digs.
Jessy Shear had 11 kills for the Braves (12-10) while Morgan Henderson came up with 16 assists and seven points. Chanda Page finished with seven points, seven kills and 30 digs.
Ridgewood moves on to play Sandy Valley.