|Top-ranked Lady Flyers sweep St. John's|
|Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:29 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — Marion Local came into Tuesday night’s Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball match versus St. John’s as Division IV’s top-ranked team.
The Lady Flyers lived up to that billing as they rolled over the Lady Blue Jays 25-6, 25-7, 25-10 at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium.
“Marion Local is just awesome. I know how good they are: I had their outside hitter, Gina Kramer; their libero, who dug up everything; and another player on my club team this year,” St. John’s coach Carolyn Dammeyer said. “They do so many things well. We’ve already played Coldwater (ranked 1st in Division III) and New Knoxville but this is the strongest team we’ve played; our serve-receive really struggled today. We have some other tough foes to play; I consider these opportunities for the kids because these teams only make you better at what you’re doing.”
The Lady Blue Jays were led by four kills, nine digs and a handful of blocks by freshman Jessica Geise, three kills and a handful of blocks by junior Bekah Fischer, eight digs from senior Kaylie Youngpeter and six digs from freshman Maya Gerker.
“We have a lot of letterwinners back from last year, so experience in invaluable. I think this is a very balanced team,” Lady Flyer coach Amy Steininger observed. “We have a lot of all-around players and athletes. We’re balanced in our attack but we’re also balanced in that we’re good on offense and equally good on defense. Last year, we were better on offense.”
Leading the way for the victors were Clara Wuebker (6 kills, 6 aces), Allie Wendel (8 assists), Megan Wendel (10 digs), Kenzie Albers (5 kills) and Hannah Heitbrink (5 kills).
“We tried to keep the ball in play and ended up playing a lot of defense. They don’t let you do a lot; they force you into having to play your best,” Dammeyer added. “Marion is the type of program you want to be like. That’s what I’m trying to do; build this program to that level. We have a lot of young players that are being stretched by a very difficult schedule but this will only make them stronger players in the end.”
Marion won the junior varsity match 25-20, 25-14.
Both teams are on the road in MAC play Thursday: St. John’s at St. Henry and Marion Local at Coldwater.