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Norwalk advances five players to Division I district

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Oct 5, 2018 at 1:00 AM

FREMONT — Norwalk is advancing five players to next week’s Division I girls tennis district tournament at Bowling Green following Thursday’s sectional rounds at Fremont Ross.

The first doubles team of Megan Berry and Jordan Gran advanced to the district level for a second straight year. The pair won three matches on Thursday, and will face Sandusky’s Alana Armstrong and Marissa Esposito in Saturday’s championship match.

Also advancing to the third-place matches to reach next week’s district tournament was Gabby Horowitz at singles and the doubles team of Sela and Mara Berry.

Megan Berry and Metcalf opened with wins over Oregon Clay (6-1, 6-0) and another team from Sandusky (6-1, 6-2). They then beat Fremont’s Berlin Swaisgood and Sophia Biggins (6-2, 6-1) to reach the final.

Horowitz opened with wins over Clay (6-4, 6-1) and Ashland (6-1, 6-0), then fell to Clay’s Mady Arquette in the semifinals (6-0, 6-1).

Sell and Mara Berry opened with wins over Columbian (6-1, 6-0) and Fremont (6-4, 6-1), then fell to Sandusky’s Armstrong and Esposito in three sets (6-4, 3-6, 6-4).

After placing the placement matches on Saturday to determine the seeding, the district tournament will take place at BGSU at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

In Div. II, Bellevue’s Rayven Whyde advanced out of the Port Clinton sectional on Thursday.

Whyde won her opener (6-2, 6-2) over Vermilion’s Karysn Brewer, then topped SMCC’s Sara Bias in three sets (3-6, 6-4, 7-5) and Huron’s Katelyn Rogers in three sets (2-6, 6-2, 6-2) to reach Saturday’s final against top-seeded Emma Lynch of Perkins.


Monroeville 3, Plymouth 0

MONROEVILLE — Coupled with St. Paul’s loss at Western Reserve, Monroeville moved into a tie for first place with Thursday’s Firelands Conference sweep of visiting Plymouth, 25-13, 25-11, 25-11.

For the Eagles (17-2, 10-2) — ranked No. 7 in the latest Division IV state coaches poll — Kylie Brooks and Grainy Yoder each had 11 kills, and Kelsie Palmer added nine kills and three blocks. Camryn Hedrick was 16 for 16 serving with two aces and had 42 assists, while Adrian Barman was 17 for 18 serving with an ace and eight digs.

Also for the Eagles, Stacia Stieber had 15 digs and Yoder was 10 for 10 serving with an ace.

Monroeville’s JV team also improved to 17-2 (10-2) with a 25-16, 25-9 win.

Monroeville has a huge match on Tuesday at Crestview (15-4, 10-2) to decide which team will remain at least tied for first place.

Crestview 3, South Central 0

GREENWICH — The Trojans fell to 9-11 overall and 6-6 in the FC with Thursday’s loss to the Cougars.

Crestview won by scores of 25-10, 25-15, 25-17.

For South Central, Taylor Sexton had six kills, 18 digs and was 12 for 12 serving with two aces. Izzy Hauler had six kills and 12 digs, while Lorin Walcher added 12 digs — and Ellery McKee was 85-of-86 setting with 12 assists.

New London 3, Mapleton 0

ORANGE TWP. — The Wildcats improved to 3-17 overall (3-9 FC) with Thursday’s road win over the Mounties, 25-19, 25-19, 25-15.

For New London, Katie Layport served 12 points with five aces and had six kills, while Cassidy Lay added five kills. Megan Conrad served nine points with four aces, while Lilli Bartow had eight points with three aces and was 52-of-54 setting with 11 assists. Brooklyn Hudson added 15 digs for the ‘Cats.

Edison 3, Port Clinton 0

MILAN — The Chargers swept the Redskins, winning 25-9, 25-23, 25-20 in the SBC Bay division match.

Natalie Lambert had 16 assists, seven service points and three aces for Edison, which also got 10 assists, and eight service points from Olivia Vitaz. Jessica Stoll had seven kills and 10 points. Grace Houser had 13 digs, seven points and three aces.

Vermilion 3, Willard 2

WILLARD — Visiting Vermilion came away with a lengthy five-game win over the host Crimson Flashes.

The Sailors won by scores of 25-27, 25-22, 27-25, 17-25, 15-12.

With the loss, Willard fell to 13-7 overall and 7-4 in the SBC Bay.

Lydia Wiers had 18 kills and three blocks for Willard, while Cassie Crawford had 16 kills and Chloe Wiers added 11. Chloe Weaver had 15 assists and was 22 for 22 serving with three aces, and Jena Adams had 28 assists and Haylie Hamons added 15 digs.

Columbian 3, Bellevue 2

TIFFIN — The Div. II No. 20-ranked Lady Red (13-5, 6-2) fell in five games on Thursday in an SBC Lake match at Columbian — pulling Norwalk (10-9, 6-2) back into a first-place tie with them.

Columbian (12-8, 5-4) won by scores of 25-13, 25-13, 21-25, 18-25, 15-8.

Payton Vogel had 17 kills, 19 digs and was 17 for 17 serving with two aces. Taylor Baxter added 16 kills and four blocks to go with 18 digs for the Lady Red. Molly Bullion was 117-of-117 setting with 46 assists and 14 digs, while Riley Mohr had eight kills and Madison Hrynciw had 22 digs.

Bellevue faces Clyde before hosting Norwalk in the SBC Lake finale next Thursday.


Norwalk 3, Vermilion 2

NORWALK — The host Truckers improved to 12-2-1 with Thursday’s non-league victory at home over visiting Vermilion at the Norwalk Soccer Complex.

Gwn Olcott assisted Nyah Daniels on a pair of goals for Norwalk, then scored the third one as she was assisted by Coley Branum.

Norwalk closes the regular season at home on Tuesday vs. Mansfield Senior.

Edison 3, Columbian 0

MILAN — Host Edison kept visiting Columbian off the scoreboard in Thursday’s 3-0 non-league win over the Tornadoes.

Hanna Ceja scored two goals and Piper Nickoli added the third for Edison. Aliyah Caporini had two assists and Josie Soviak had one.

It was the fourth shutout of the season for the Chargers, led by Marissa Lisy, Katie Nealey, Emma Houser, Soviak, Katelyn Chenevey, and Alleigh Shreve. Goalie Elizabeth Pruitt had 15 saves.

Edison hosts Clyde on Monday.

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