Margaretta gave Huron a lesson in sharing on Tuesday night.
The Polar Bears protected their home court with a three-set victory over the reigning state champions from Huron, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-23.
Margaretta trailed only once in the match, when Huron took a brief 2-1 lead in the second set. There were only eight ties in the entire match, only three times beyond 3-3 (all three of which were in the third set).
"One of our goals at the beginning of the season was to win the SBC, and we knew that Huron was going to be the top team to beat," said Margaretta's Shannon Coy, who had 13 kills and 13 digs in the Bears' win. "We just came out with a lot of intensity, ready to play, and we got the job done."
Margaretta (13-6), Huron (16-4) and Edison (16-4) are knotted at the top of the Sandusky Bay Conference with 11-2 records, each with a match to play. Huron has won the conference outright each year since 2002. The Tigers split with Clyde in 2000 and with Margaretta in 2001. Tuesday marked the first time an SBC team has defeated Huron twice in a single season since then.
Huron pulled within a point, 23-22, in the first set, but Margaretta scored the final two points on a kill and a Huron hitting error.
With a 19-17 Bears lead in the second set, Chey Morris scored a block for a point and Katie Nesbitt served an ace for a four-point lead. Margaretta held Huron at arm's length for the 25-20 victory.
Tied at 22-22 in the third, Nesbitt powered a hit off of two blockers for the 23-22 Margaretta lead. Her own serve error tied the game at 23-23, but Coy racked up back-to-back kills for the 25-23 win and the share of the SBC lead.
Nesbitt led the Bears with 15 kills. She was 49-of-49 setting with 14 assists. She also led her team with 3 aces.
"Katie was key everywhere," Day said. "She did everything she needed to do to get that win."
Whitney Strause was 48-of-48 with 16 assists for Margaretta. As a team, the Bears had 13 blocks for points.
Chey Morris tacked on 10 kills for the Bears, spreading some of Margaretta's offensive attack.
"That was key, because Huron knows that Shannon and Katie are our key hitters," Day said. "When we can get kills from Jessica Napka, Chey Morris and Makayla Windau, it's major."
Huron junior Samantha Wechter was 70-of-71 setting with 21 assists. Devon Koenig had nine kills of 16-of-19 hitting and Taylor Slauterbeck recorded 8 kills on 21-of-26 hitting. Hannah Figgins led the Tigers' back row defense with 20 digs.
"There's some good teams (in the SBC)," Huron coach Don Wood said. "The upper half is really strong. It prepares you better for the postseason. No one wants to go walk through the regular season.
"Honestly, I could care less about a 'winning streak' or about a 'conference streak.' We want to win it, of course, but I'm really concerned about how we're playing, and I'm not happy with how we played tonight."
Margaretta fans mobbed the court after Coy's match-point kill at the feet of Huron's back row.
"There's still a game left," Day said, pausing her interview for a team picture on the court. "It's not over yet, but we're feeling pretty good."