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Norwalk tennis puts six on SBC Lake first team

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Sep 19, 2019 at 11:35 PM

PERKINS TWP. — Two singles players and both doubles teams earned All-SBC Lake Division first team honors on Thursday for the Norwalk girls tennis team at the league tournament.

Megan Berry (first singles) and Lauren Metcalf (third singles), along with the doubles teams of Gabby Horowitz and Alexa Moore, and Mara Berry and Erin Bleile, all earned top honors at the Perkins High School courts.

At second singles, Emma Trost was honorable mention.

Megan Berry had a bye, then beat Bellevue’s Rayven Whyde (6-4, 6-2) to advance to the finals, where she met Perkins’ Emma Lynch for a third time this season.

After two very close regular season matches won by Berry, it was Lynch picking up the 6-2, 6-1 win.

Metcalf opened with a win over Vermilion’s Maddy Wersch (6-1, 6-1), then beat Perkins’ Abbie Wade (6-2, 6-1) to reach the finals against Clyde’s Nathalie Cziela, where she posted another win in straight sets (6-1, 6-1).

At first doubles, Horowitz and Moore posted a win over Perkins’ Ryleigh Keller and Abriye Skelton in two, 6-3, 7-3 (3). They beat Clyde’s Megan Barrett and Alyssa Lauren in the finals (6-0, 6-1).

Mara Berry and Bleile beat Perkins’ Trinity Bibler and Bailey Garrett (6-0, 6-2) and Columbian’s Allyson Riley and Morgan Amory (6-0, 6-0) at second doubles.

At third singles, Trost fell to Perkins’ Diana Schoder in a three-set match (4-6, 6-0, 10-6).

Norwalk hosts Lima Shawnee on Monday in an OTCA tournament match, with the winner advancing to the Northwest region finals.

"Great day as all seven starters earn league honors,” Norwalk coach Chris Higgins said. “Lauren was special today. Not only was she our only player that won three matches today, but she earned first team All-SBC after a sophomore season that saw her obtain second team. Both doubles teams had a great day. Gabby and Alexa, outside of one tough set against Perkins, were dominant today on their way to first team. Mara and Erin continue to be a dominating force together at 2nd doubles. They were also dominant in the final.”


Edison's Medina wins No. 1 singles

PORT CLINTON — Edison’s Jayla Medina won the No. 1 singles title at the SBC Bay Championships on Thursday, defeating Addison Paxton of Willard 6-3, 6-1.

Medina, the top seed at No. 1 singles, won all three of her matches in straight sets.

Edison’s Kaylee Ries and Torri Keyser won the title at No. 1 doubles with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Willard’s Kennedy Daub and Whitney Robinson.

The Chargers’ Emily Vogus was the runner-up at No. 2 singles and Alli Vogus was runner-up at No. 3 singles. Willard’s Ella Schag and Natalie Van Zoest won at those singles positions.

Schag topped Emily Vogus in three sets at second singles, 6-4, 2-6, 10-6. Van Zoest then beat Alli Vogus in two sets, 7-5, 6-0 in the third singles final.

Ries and Keyser beat Willard’s Kennedy Daub and Whitney Robinson in two (7-5, 6-2), while Becca Slone and Kalli Sowers won in the finals at second doubles for Willard, 6-3, 6-1 over Oak Harbor’s Hailey Sheets and Ella Dedes.

SBC Bay Division honors

First team: Jayla Medina (Edison), Addy Paxton (Willard), Natalie Van Zoest (Willard), Kaylee Ries-Torri Keyser (Edison) Kennedy Daub-Kali Sowers (Willard)

Second team: Sara Bias (SMCC), Devyn Warnament (Tiffin Calvert), Emily Vogus (Edison), Alli Vogus (Edison), Riley Roldan-Libby Faflik (Huron), Bailey LaFountain-Vivian Kunkle (Oak Harbor), Hailey Sheets-Ella Dedes (Oak Harbor).

Honorable Mention: Alaina Dackderman (Port Clinton), Riley Fry (Huron), Hannah Cross (Port Clinton), Grace Johnson (Oak Harbor), Elena Kessler (Port Clinton), Madisen Stockard (Huron), Olivia Eckert-Paige Reineck (Port Clinton), Mena London-Katie Melkie (SMCC), Alyssa Mares-Arielle Montowski (Port Clinton), Emily Moore-Lindsey Kowalski (Edison).



Norwalk 3,Columbian 0

TIFFIN — Norwalk avenged its only Sandusky Bay Conference Lake volleyball loss Thursday night, and in the process moved into first place in the division.

The Truckers turned back Tiffin Columbian 14-25, 25-12, 25-22, 25-20, rallying to beat a team that defeated the Truckers on Aug. 27.

Coupled with Vermilion’s victory over Bellevue on Thursday, Norwalk is alone in first place in the SBC Lake with a 6-1 record (9-5 overall).

“We did not come out with the game time focus that I would have liked to see, but we were able to buckle down, play our game and finish the match,” Norwalk coach Sarah Kipp said.

Norwalk’s Claire Kelley finished with 12 kills and 13 service points on perfect 20-for-20 serving.

Delaney Thomas added eight kills for Norwalk. Lindsey Koenig led the way with 19 digs and Olivia Ward finished with 32 assists.


Huron 3, Willard 0

HURON — In a match that had sole possession of first place at stake in the SBC Bay Division, it was the host Tigers sweeping Willard (7-7, 4-1) in three games.

Huron (11-2, 5-0) won by scores of 25-21, 25-13, 25-13.

Cassie Crawford had 11 kills, while Chloe Weaver added 20 assists and 10 digs. Haylie Hammons had 20 digs while Stephens added eight digs.


W. Reserve 3, Mapleton 0

COLLINS — The Roughriders improved to 10-3 overall and 6-2 in the Firelands Conference with Thursday’s sweep over the Mounties, 25-16, 25-10, 25-9.

Avery Tubbs had 12 kills for the ‘Riders, while Morgan Spettle served 13 points and had six kills. Danielle Wyatt had 16 points and was perfect serving, and Tubbs also had nine points.

Also for Western, Baylee Ruppert was 75-of-78 setting with 18 assists, and Avery Bomar had 10 digs.


So. Central 3, New London 1

NEW LONDON — The Trojans topped the host Wildcats in four games, winning by scores of 25-19, 21-25, 25-11, 25-18.

For South Central (5-9, 4-4), Onalee Keyser had nine kills, Taylor Sexton had six and both Lorin Walcher and Madison Prater each had four.

Walcher served 13 points and had 24 digs, while Madison Gahring served 11 points, and both Sexton and Whitney McCormick had 10 each. Kailee Beaver also had 20 digs, while Gahrig was 48-of-50 setting with 11 assists, and Sexton was 69-of-71 with 15 assists.

New London fell to 2-11 (0-8) with the loss.


St. Paul-Monroeville JH splits

MONROEVILLE — The St. Paul seventh-grade volleyball team improved to 9-0 with Thursday’s two-game sweep at Monroeville, 25-12, 25-19.

For St. Paul, Hannah French was a 100 percent server, while Sam Gocsik led the team with 15 points. Lillian Chylik had 12 points and Kristin Matlack added nine. Chylik also led the team with five kills at the net, while Matlack had 11 assists.

Monroevile won the eighth-grade match in three, 25-23, 23-25 and 22-25.

Willow Burger served seven aces for the St. Paul (6-3), followed by Geralyn Mutchler and Elaina Herrig with four aces each. Skyler Cassidy set seven assists and had four kills, along with Herrig who also had four kills.

Emma McFadden and Mutchler played strong defense with seven and six digs, respectively.

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