“We definitely got better on Saturday,” St. Paul coach Nancy Miller said. “It was a very good day for us. I think the kids came together a little bit more, and it was really a nice surprise to go in there and come out with three wins while not dropping a set.”
St. Paul opened with a dominating win over Trotwood-Madison, winning by scores of 25-5 and 25-9. Against host Lehman Catholic, the Lady Flyers won by scores of 25-20 and 25-16.
In the title match vs. Minster, St. Paul again won in two games, 25-23, 25-16.
Megan Hammersmith had 12 points, five aces and 26 kills for the Lady Flyers across all three matches. Kennedy Stang had 21 points with eight aces and 33 digs, while Holly Powers added 21 kills.
Also for St. Paul, Dylian Knoll had nine points, three aces and 72 assists. Brooke Houck had 18 kills and Josie Skinn added 17 digs.
“I really felt like the Lehman and Minster match were very quality wins for us,” Miller said. “With everything these kids have gone through so far, they still get better every time they step on the floor.
The Lady Flyers (5-1, 2-1) are off until Thursday when they visit Western Reserve (4-0, 3-0).
“I think it will be a big test for us on where we are right now. Western has a lot of players back and this is a good early test for us.”
Monroeville 3, Springfield 1
HOLLAND — The Eagles ran their record to 6-0 with Saturday’s four-game non-league win over host Springfield.
After dropping the first set, 26-24, Monroeville settled in to win the next three by scores of 27-25, 25-9, 25-20.
Kelsie Palmer had 19 kills and four blocks for the Eagles, and she was also 13 for 14 serving with two aces. Kylee Brooks contributed 14 kills and three blocks, with Camryn Hedrick adding 50 assists and four blocks.
Also for Monroeville, Graisyn Yoder had 12 kills and 14 digs. Adrian Barman was 19 for 20 serving with two aces and 20 digs, while Braylee Wise was 20 for 20 serving with two aces and 13 digs.
Lydia Landoll added three aces on 23-of-27 serving, and Maura Brown had five kills and two blocks.
The junior varsity Eagles won in three to improve to 6-0, winning by scores of 25-21, 22-25, 25-17.
St. Paul girls, Willard boys fourth at Elks
BUCYRUS — The St. Paul girls cross country team finished fourth out of 19 teams on Saturday at the Bucyrus Elks Invitational.
Lily Dowdell was third overall in 19:32.65 out of 195 runners to pace the Flyers. Claire Ceccoli was 27th (21:55) and Cheyene Null (22:21.26) was 32nd. Also scoring for St. Paul was Madelyn McCall (45th, 23:11.76), Dana Sumpter (64th, 24:03.91), Olivia Hosack (73rd, 24:28.44) and Josalynn Vazquez (109th, 25:36.86).
Willard was 10th as a team, led by Amy Del Angel (20:36.99) in seventh overall. Madison Clark was 50th (23:17.05) for the Flashes, followed by Araceli Huerta (72nd, 24:27.33), Haley Henry (90th, 24:49.15), Abby Del Angel (129th, 26:19.40), Zoey Hartz (151st, 27:29.21) and Regan Hartz (30:49.93).
Monroeville was paced by Rachel Herner (65th, 24:08.62), Payton Scheid (108th, 25:36.28), Anita Ruggles (141st, 26:43.85), Adelynn Kradlak (157th, 27:41.04) and Emily Kradlak (177th, 28:29.93).
In the boys race, Willard was fourth and St. Paul was eighth out of 21 teams.
Zach Stine was third overall in 17:13.82 out of 252 runners for the Flyers. Gavin Ross was 26th (18:15.11), followed by Ryan Gross (49th, 18:45.36), Collin Liedorff (60th, 19:00.01), Nick Centa (61st, 19:00.27), Ian Deeter (64th, 19:04.89) and Alex Stine (104th, 19:47.44).
Landon Schaffer was second overall in the race for the Flashes, as his 17:05.04 time was three seconds off the top time of Elyria Catholic’s Matt Krese (17:02.41).
Also for Willard, Trenton Rupert was sixth (17:28.28) and Blake Smith was 15th (17:44.48). Others who scored for the Flashes included Nick Bauer (52nd, 18:50.92), Fernando Huerta (91st, 19:34), Aaron Stephens (113th, 20:04.81) and Kaleb Walton (160th, 21:24.39).
The top Monroeville performances came from Ellis Herner (112th, 20:04) and Caleb Lykins (138th, 20:50.56). Also scoring for the Eagles was Jimmy Clingman (166th, 21:31.04), Trask Ott (198th, 22:50.24) and Layton Hauler (244th, 26:09.19).
Also from the area, Plymouth's Levi Robinson took seventh overall with a 17:11.1 at the Ashland Invite on Saturday.
Ashland 3, Norwalk 2
NORWALK — The Truckers were edged in a matchup of solid programs in a non-league match at the Middle School courts.
Gabby Horowitz and Alexa Moore won over Laura Slabaugh and Alice Dorrell at fist doubles (6-4, 6-4). Mara Berry and Erin Bleile won at second doubles for the Truckers, topping Chloe Watson and Maddie Moore (6-1, 6-0).
The Arrows won all three singles courts to win the match.
Megan Berry fell to Korinne Harris at first singles (6-2, 6-3), while Emma Trost lost at second singles to Audra McBride (6-1, 6-2). Lydia Sinchok defeated Lauren Metcalf (6-0, 6-0).
Norwalk has another busy week on tap, starting with a trip to Vermilion on today. The Truckers travel to Fremont Ross on Wednesday and are at the Willard doubles tournament on Saturday.
St. Paul competes at Bellevue
CLYDE — The Flyers shot a 438 as a team on Saturday at the 13-team Bellevue Home Savings Invitational at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Clyde.
For the Flyers, Jackson Cook shot a 44-48—92. He was followed by Nathan Juby (58-56—107), David Swope (61-55—116), Logan Amato (59-57—116) and Luke Meyer (61-56—117).