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Norwalk's Ward earns 1,000th career assist in SBC win

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Sep 12, 2019 at 10:33 PM

NORWALK — Norwalk volleyball senior setter Olivia Ward earned her 1,000th career assist as her team swept visiting Vermilion on Thursday in SBC Lake Division action at Norwalk High School.

Norwalk (7-5, 4-1) won by scores of 25-11, 25-9 and 25-19.

“My girls came out strong tonight and played the best team volleyball I have seen thus far,” Norwalk coach Sarah Kipp said. “We consistently controlled the game and that allowed us to play our game. It was a great accomplishment to watch for Liv … she is a kid who works hard on and off the court. I am excited to see what she will do the rest of the season.”

Ward earned her 1,000th assist in the first set and finished 80-of-80 setting with 31 assists. She was also 13 for 13 serving with nine points and five added, and added five kills.

Also for Norwalk, Carly Bilton had seven kills on 18-of-19 hitting, and Claire Kelley also had seven kills on 15-of-16 attempts. Delaney Thomas added seven kills.

Lindsey Koenig was 19 for 20 serving with 13 points and an ace, and also led the defense with 19 digs. Mya Neuberger was 17 for 17 serving with 13 points and three aces, and Kelley added 13 digs on defense.

Up next for Norwalk is a big SBC Lake matchup with visiting Bellevue (9-1, 5-0) on Tuesday.


St. Paul 3, South Central 0

GREENWICH — The state-ranked Lady Flyers improved to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in Firelands Conference with Thursday’s sweep over the host Trojans.

St. Paul won by scores of 25-7, 25-8, 25-9.

The Lady Flyers were paced by Megan Hammersmith with 11 kills and 11 points with three aces serving. Kennedy Stang had 21 digs to go with 10 points and three aces, while Josie Skinn served 22 points with three aces and had 10 digs.

Also for St. Paul, Holly Powers had 10 kills, while Brooke Houck had eight and Dylan Knoll contributed 31 assists.

For South Central (4-5, 3-3), Lorin Walcher had 13 digs and Kailee Beaver had 10, with Madison Gahring and Taylor Sexton each adding three assists. Walcher added three kills.

St. Paul won the JV match in two games.


Willard 3, Margaretta 0

CASTALIA — The Crimson Flashes improved to 6-6 overall and 3-0 in the Bay Division with Thursday’s sweep over host Margaretta.

Willard won by scores of 25-17, 25-16 and 25-19.

For Willard, Cassie Crawford had 11 kills and 17 digs, Chloe Weaver 29 assists and Maraya Polachek had 18 digs. Mckenna Stephens also had 11 kills for the Flashes, and she was 19 for 19 serving with an ace.


Mapleton 3, Plymouth 1

PLYMOUTH — The Big Red fell to 3-7 overall and 1-5 in the FC with Thursday’s four-game loss to the Mounties.

Plymouth will host Loudonville on Saturday.

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Bellevue 3, Clyde 0

CLYDE — The Lady Red ran their record to 9-1 and 5-0 in the SBC Lake Division with Thursday’s sweep over the Fliers.

Bellevue won with scores of 25-17, 25-22, 25-11.

Taylor Baxter led the Lady Red with 22 kills on 47-of-51 hitting, while Molly Bullion was 86-of-86 setting with 36 assists, eight digs and was 13 for 13 serving with an ace.


St. Paul JH sweeps SC

NORWALK — The St. Paul seventh and eighth-grade teams swept their way past South Central on Thursday at the Monroe St. Gym.

The seventh-grade team won in two (25-10, 25-10) to improve to 7-0.

Olivia Newland and Lydia Rospert we’re both perfect servers, while Lillian Chylik and Kristin Matlack both had two aces each. Chylik led the team with four kills, followed by Sam Gocsik with two. Meadow Burger led the team defensively in serve receive.

The eighth-grade team improved to 5-2 with wins of 25-13, 25-13.

Both Abby Juby and Skylar Cassidy were 100 percent servers, with Cassidy adding seven aces. Elaina Herrig had three kills, one block and three digs, while Willow Burger added two blocks. Emma McFadden had three digs and 10 perfect serve receives. Geralyn Mutcher also had five perfect serve receives.



Margaretta 181, Edison 186

CLYDE — The Chargers were edged out by the host Polar Bears in Thursday’s SBC Bay Division match at Sleepy Hollow.

For Edison, Noah Pulaski shot a 45, followed by Aden Hall (48), Matthew Pounds (48), Connor Betts (50), Cullen Wilbur (61) and Sean Rhodes (62).


W. Reserve 179, Plymouth 190

HURON — The Roughriders improved to 6-4 overall and 6-3 in the FC with Thursday’s win over the visiting Big Red at Thunderbird North.

For Western, Matt Jarrett was medalist with a 41, followed by John Skrada (44), Luke Rowlinson (47), Camden Hankins (47), Jacob Sergent (57) and Breck Kinney (63).

For Plymouth, Brown shot a 43, followed by Draven Kelley (49), Zeb Finnegan (49) and Jansen Potts (55).



Norwalk 5, Columbian 0

NORWALK — The Truckers won every set once again to win another SBC Lake Division matchup, this time over visiting Columbian on Thursday.

For Norwalk (15-2, 8-0), Megan Berry won at first singles over Sammy Kimmet (6-3, 6-1), while Emma Trost beat Casey Knutson at second singles (6-1, 6-1). Third singles saw Lauren Metcalf beat Morgan Amory (6-0, 6-3).

The first doubles team of Alexa Moore and Gabby Horowitz topped Anna Stephey and Allyson Riley (6-3, 6-1). The second doubles team of Mara Berry and Erin Bleile defeated Linzi Boos and Jaidyn Borer (6-0, 6-1).

Norwalk is off today, then heads to Tiffin on Saturday to make up a rained out league match against the Tornadoes at 9 a.m.


Edison 5, Tiffin Calvert 0

MILAN — The Chargers improved to 10-3 overall and 7-2 in the Bay with Thursday’s sweep over the visiting Senecas at Edison Park.

At first singles, Jayla Medina beat Maria Welter (6-0, 6-1), while Emily Vogus swept Hanna Welter at second singles (6-0, 6-0) and Alli Vogus did the same with Samantha Wagner at third singles.

Both doubles teams swept their way to wins as well. Edison’s Kaylie Ries and Torri Keyser topped Victoria Ardner and Emily Dell at No. 1, and Lindsey Kowalksi and Emily Moore beat Morgan Roth and Ella Seiffert at No. 2.


Willard 5, SMCC 0

Willard 5, SMCC 0

WILLARD — The Crimson Flashes improved to 12-3 overall and 9-0 in the SBC Bay Division — and extended their league win streak to 37 matches by topping the Panthers twice on Thursday.

In the resumed match the teams played first, Willard’s Addi Paxton won at first singles (6-2, 6-3), while Ella Schag won at second singles (7-6 (5), 6-0). Natalie Van Zoest swept at third singles, as did both doubles teams of Kennedy Daub and Whitney Robinson; and Kalli Sowers and Becca Slone.

In the regular scheduled match that followed, Willard won all five positions in dominant sweeps (6-0, 6-0).

At first singles, Paxton beat Haley Bahnsen, with Schag defeating Julia Loeffler and Sowers topping Madison Shenigo at second and third singles.

Daub and Robinson beat Sara Bias and Mallory Parish at first doubles, with Van Zoest and Slone beating Bahnseon and Loeffler at second doubles.



Edison 2, Oak Harbor 1

MILAN — The Chargers improved to 6-1-1 and knocked off previously unbeaten Oak Harbor (6-1) on Thursday in Milan.

Dylan O’Dell and Zarek Yoder scored the Edison goals.

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