|Grove netters power over Lady Green|
|Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:42 AM|
By DAVE BONINSEGNA
COLUMBUS GROVE — The Lady Bulldogs volleyball team was coming off a huge win against former Northwest Conference colleague Lima Central Catholic a few nights ago.
It appeared that the Bulldogs were still riding the wave of that victory when they faced the Ottoville Lady Green on Monday evening.
The Bulldogs used seven aces in the second set and trailed only twice all night as they swept the Lady Green 25-12, 25-7 and 25-11.
The night started off on a good note for the guests as Alexis Thorbahn delivered an ace in the first set to give Ottoville a 2-0 lead. However, after trailing 4-1, the Bulldogs went on an 8-1 run powered by Julia Wynn and Emily Tabler, along with scattered hitting errors on the part of the guests.
Hope Schroeder served up an ace to give the home team an 18-8 advantage but after the teams exchanged unforced errors, the set ended on an Ottoville serve that went out, giving the Bulldogs a 1-set-to-none edge.
Set number two was all Columbus Grove. The Lady Green got the first point again but then the home team took control. With the score 8-3, Sydney McCluer went on a serving tear, getting five consecutive aces and another winning serve after an Ottoville hitting error.
Fittingly enough, the second set was brought to a conclusion by McCluer but this time, not on a serve; it came on a kill to the Big Green side of the court that gave Grove a 2-0 edge in sets.
McCluer started off set three where she left on in the second, gaining the first kill of the span as the Bulldogs never trailed. Grove scored the first five points of the set and led by as much as 13-3 early on.
Becca Indicott came in from the junior varsity squad for the home team and provided a pair of thundering spikes to the other side of the court.
With the score 23-10, Wynn tallied the final two points for the Bulldogs to complete the sweep.
Topping the Lady Green efforts were Annie Lindeman (16 digs), Nikki Burgei (6 blocks), Taylor Mangas (3 kills) and Kara Schimmoeller (3 kills).
For the Bulldogs were McCluer (14/14 serving, 7 aces), Wynn (9 kills), Tabler (5 kills), Rachel Schumacher (15 assists), Briana Glass (10 assists), Sammi Stechschulte (5 kills) and Hope Schroeder (6 digs).
Grove won the junior varsity match 25-11, 25-21.