WARSAW -- Indian Valley High opened Division II Sectional volleyball action by upsetting host River View High in four sets, 23-25, 25-14, 25-21 and 25-19.
In game one, the Lady Bears (17-6) overcame five service errors to take the opener. The key spot of the game was a four point run that tied the game at 20-20. Summer Jacobs had three points and Andi Daugherty had a pair of kills during the run for RV.
The Lady Braves (8-15) dominated game two as River View only had back-to-back points three times in the set.
The third game was very much in doubt until Harlie Crouse went to the service line for Indian Valley, five service points including a block by Ashley Reynolds gave IV a 21-14 lead.
Game four was much like the third game with the Lady Bears holding a 13-11 lead until Crouse went to the service line. Eight points later it was 20-13 and the match was all but the Lady Braves.
Reynolds had 21 kills and 25 digs to pace Indian Valley, while Sydney Kandray handed out 23 assists to go with 12 digs and 10 points. Crouse finished with 19 digs and 16 points while Cayleah Mitchell added eight kills.
Daugherty finished with 18 kills and eight points to pace River View, with Lydia Els adding seven blocks while Jacobs had 14 digs. Jessie Gibson had 31 assists and is now the school record holder for career assists.
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NEWCOMERSTOWN -- It was a rough couple of nights for the Newcomerstown High Lady Trojans volleyball squad. First, the Lady Trojans were bounced from the Division III sectional tournament by Tusky Valley and then on they concluded the season with a Inter-Valley Conference setback in make-up action with Malvern.
In tournament play, the No. 16 ranked Tusky Valley team rolled to a 25-12, 25-16 and 25-5 victory over NHS to improve to 19-4 on the season and advance down the tournament trail.
"They (Tusky Valley) were very tall..very athletic," Newcomerstown coach John Dupke explained. "Just a typically strong Tusky Valley team, they have a nice program and are always a handful to deal with."
"We just couldn't get anything going against them," Dupke continued. "We put up a little bit of a fight in that second game, but they pulled away in the end."
Karlee Peach led NHS with four points, two aces, three kills, while Alyson Rexroad added four kills, 17 digs and Alicia Moore handed out 14 assists.
Tusky Valley was led by Erin Weisbarber with 32 assists, 12 digs and 12 points.
On Tuesday, the Lady Trojans dropped a 25-19, 18-15, 25-18 and 25-19 to the visiting Lady Hornets to finish the season with a record of 4-19 overall and 3-13 in the IVC.
Moore led the Orange and Black with 44 assists, 13 points, two aces, with Rexroad chipping in with 13 kills and 31 digs for the Lady Trojans. Peach finished with eight kills, Erin Burrier contributed nine kills, Marlayna McIntire tallied 10 kills, Jayde Bricker recorded 18 digs and Sara Miller tallied 11 points.
"This was a tough season for us," Dupke said. "The girls worked hard all year, but we just couldn't put it all together. Hopefully all the experience we gained will help us to come back stronger next year."
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STRASBURG --Ridgewood High advanced to the district by defeating neighboring Coshocton, 25-14, 25-7, 25-15 in the Division III Sectional Championship Game at Strasburg High.
The Lady Generals had defeated Harrison Central by a 25-8, 25-5, 25-6 count in the first round.
The Lady Generals (22-1) will play Fort Frye in the Division IV District at Cambridge High on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The other semifinal features Tuscarawas Valley against Buckeye Trail at 6 p.m. The district championship game will be Wednesday at 7:30.
Amanda Lowery had 13 points, six kills and five blocks to lead the Lady Generals. Laura Crawford added 12 kills, five points and eight digs and Laura Frazee added 12 points, six kills and 11 digs.
Caley Shaw had five kills and eight digs to lead the Lady Redskins (9-14). Lauren Hire chipped in four kills and nine assists and Katie Tupper added four kills and four digs.
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WARSAW -- A disappointing, injury plagued 2013 volleyball season came to a close for Indian Valley High in Division II Sectional Tournament play at River View High School as the Lady Braves fell victim to neighboring Claymont by scores of 20-25, 22-25, 16-25.
The setback was the third this season to Claymont (20-3), which ultimately showed more offensive firepower than Indian Valley (8-16).
Some Lady Braves did manage some good stats in the losing effort. Ashley Reynolds finished with 13 kills while teammate Bailey Stull had 13 assists. Reynolds and Harlie Crouse combined for 31 digs.
Claymont got a whopping 20 kills from Tiffany Sunderlin and another 11 kills from Caitlin Clarke. Setter Aleena Robinson finished with 35 assists and libero Marlena Henry chalked up nine digs.
IV coach Tammy Reynolds expressed understandable disappointment with the result.
"We thought we would be ready to play," she said, "coming off our win over River View, but tonight we just didn't play well enough and not even close to our level of play on Monday."
IV will see five seniors depart the program as Crouse, Brittani Garbrandt, Devin Bell, Brooke Barr and Stull all played their final match.