Norwalk (12-8, 9-1) won by scores of 25-3, 25-11 and 25-12. It leads Bellevue (14-5, 7-2) by one in the loss column with two matches left next week. Norwalk will visit Vermilion (13-8, 6-5) on Tuesday to clinch at least a share, then travels to Bellevue to face the Lady Red in the season finale on Oct. 10.
“It was a fun senior night,” Norwalk coach Sarah Kipp said. “We got to get everyone on the floor.”
That included Ally Fry, a senior who was injured over the summer and unable to play most of the season prior to Thursday. She finished 6 for 7 serving.
“It was good to see her go in and serve some points,” Kipp said. “Her teammates took care of the ball to keep her on the floor a little bit. We were able to play just seniors in third set … it was nice to see. A great senior night all-around.”
Claire Kelley was 18-of-19 hitting with eight kills and 14 for 14 serving with three aces for Norwalk. Olivia Ward was 46-of-46 setting with 19 assists and 10-of-11 hitting with six kills.
Delaney Thomas was 14 for 14 serving with two aces and added five kills, while Elyse Balduff was 14 for 15 serving with four aces. Lindsey Koenig was 9 for 9 serving with five digs, and Mya Neuberger added four kills.
Monroeville 3, Crestview 0
MONROEVILLE — The state-ranked Eagles swept past visiting Crestview to remain tied for first place in the FIrelands Conference on Thursday.
The Eagles (19-1, 11-1) — ranked No. 6 in the latest Division IV state coaches poll — won by scores of 25-18, 25-9, 25-14.
Kelsie Palmer had 14 kills and three blocks for Monroeville, while Graisyn Yoder had nine kills. Kylee Brooks added seven and Reece Kluding had six.
Camryn Hedrick had 37 assists and four blocks, while Adrian Barman was 19 for 19 serving with five aces and 11 digs. Yoder added 12 digs and was 10 for 11 serving with three aces.
Monroeville (19-0, 11-0) also won the junior varsity match (25-14, 25-13).
St. Paul 3, Mapleton 0
ORANGE TWP. — The state-ranked Lady Flyers kept pace with Monroeville atop the FC with Thursday’s sweep over the Mounties.
St. Paul won by scores of 25-13, 25-9, 25-8.
Kennedy Stang had 12 digs for St. Paul (17-2, 11-1), and surpassed 1,000 for her career. She served six points with two aces.
Also for St. Paul, Megan Hammersmith had 13 kills, followed by Brooke Houck (10) and Holly Powers (8). Dylian Knoll had 29 assists, while Stevi Ward served 14 points with two aces and Presley Stang added nine points and two aces.
W. Reserve 3, S. Central 1
GREENWICH — The Roughriders won in four games to improve to 12-5 overall and 8-4 in the FC.
Western won over the Trojans by scores of 25-15, 25-12, 23-25 and 25-11.
Avery Tubbs had 20 kills and three blocks for the ‘Riders, followed by Emma Weber with nine kills. Jessa Riley served 14 points with three aces and had 15 digs, while Tubbs also had 11 digs.
Also for Western, Baylee Ruppert was 112-of-113 setting with 30 assists. Danielle Wyatt served 14 points and Avery Bomar added 10 points and an ace.
For South Central (7-12, 6-6), Taylor Sexton had six kills and 15 digs. Lorin Walcher had 27 digs, and Kailee Beaver added 17. Madison Gahring added six assists.
New London 3, Plymouth 0
NEW LONDON — The Wildcats picked up their first FC win of the season with Thursday’s sweep over the Big Red.
New London (3-17, 1-11) won by scores of 25-18, 25-22 and 25-8.
Catherine Blaser had six kills for the ‘Cats and Grace Pop added five. Kaityln Gum served six points with five aces, while Natalie Ferguson had nine digs and Erykah Sword had eight.
Willard, Edison advance players
SHELBY — The Crimson Flashes advanced five players and Edison three following Thursday’s Division II sectional tournament at Shelby High School.
The top four pacers from the sectional compete at the Bowling Green State University district next week.
In the bottom of the singles bracket, Willard’s Addy Paxton will face Edison’s Jayla Medina in the semifinals. Paxton had a bye in the first round, then swept Upper Sandusky’s Adrian Malone (6-0, 6-0) and topped Shelby’s Grace Mahek (1-6, 6-2, 6-3) to advance.
Medina also had a bye, then swept Eaydra Barnhart (Ontario) and beat Shelby’s Sadie Smith (6-2, 6-0).
In doubles action, Willard’s Kennedy Daub and Whitney Robinson, along with Becca Slone and Kalli Sowers are all moving on, along with Edison’s Torri Keyser and Kaylee Ries.
Daub and Robinson opened with a win over Shelby (6-2, 6-1), then beat a team from Lexington (6-0, 6-0). Slone and Sowers beat Clear Fork (6-4, 6-2) and Shelby (6-2, 6-4) to move on.
Ries and Keyser swept both Mansfield Senior and Lexington en route to the semifinals.
The seeding for next week’s district will be decided with Saturday’s placement matches, which begin at 9 a.m.