Madison Rammel of Fort Recovery sends the ball past Brianna Altenberger (18) and Melanie Koenig (15) in Delphos Thursday. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Madison Rammel of Fort Recovery sends the ball past Brianna Altenberger (18) and Melanie Koenig (15) in Delphos Thursday. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

DELPHOS — The St. John’s volleyball team faced a daunting task Thursday when they faced off against Fort Recovery who came into the contest ranked third in the state. The Indians defeated the Lady Jays in three sets; 25-16, 25-14 and 25-6.

St. John’s never held the lead throughout the entire match as Fort Recovery dominated every aspect of the game. They went on an 11-3 run in the opening set and looked to runaway with things early.

Cassidy Martin had three aces during the scoring streak and led the Indians with 5 kills, 1 block and 8 aces. The Lady Jays finally broke Fort Recovery’s momentum when Brianna Altenberger landed the first kill of the night for St. John’s to make it 11-4.

Altenberger led the Jays with 5 kills while teammate Erika Moenter racked up 12 digs and 13 assists.

“We played tough defense in the first set we just didn’t win the points,” said St. John’s head coach Carolyn Dammeyer. “It was a much closer game than the scoreboard showed.”

A series of mistakes by the Indians opened the door for the Jays and an ace by Kylee Moenter brought them within three, but Fort Recovery proved to be too much and closed out the set on a 6-1 run and secured a 25-16 win.

The Indians proved why they deserve one of the top spots in the state after a consistent effort in the second set led to a decisive victory. They jumped out to an 8-2 lead after three aces in a row by Brenna Homan. Abby Buettner got a kill to break things up but Fort Recovery continued to pour it on and won the set 25-14.

The Indians went on a rampage in the third set by going on an 8-0 run to open it up. A hit out of bounds by Fort Recovery gave St. John’s their first point of the set as the Jays struggled to get in the flow.

A timeout by St. John’s did little to stop the overwhelming performance by the Indians as they closed the game on a 17-5 run.

“We struggled with serving and receiving in the third set. They had some really good servers and at times our girls were afraid to get in front of the ball. I’m happy with the way our team is improving and I thought we fought pretty hard and hustled alot,” concluded Dammeyer.

St. John’s falls to 3-8 (0-3 MAC) while Fort Recovery holds the top spot in the Midwest Athletic Conference with a record of 10-1 (3-0 MAC).