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Norwalk falls to Madison in five

Mike Greco • Oct 27, 2010 at 11:07 PM

ATTICA — Norwalk took state-ranked Mansfield Madison to the limit in Wednesday’s Division II district semifinal volleyball match at Seneca East High School.

But Madison prevailed 23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 19-25, 17-15 to reach Saturday’s district final.

Madison (23-1), ranked No. 3 in the coaches poll, is slated to go against Edison (19-4), the No. 19 team in the poll.

Norwalk ends the season at 18-7 overall. It is the fourth straight year Madison has ended Norwalk’s season at the district level, including the championship match in 2007.

On Sept. 25 at Madison, Norwalk fell to the Rams in three games, 25-17, 25-17, 25-16.

“You can’t ask for anything more,’’ Norwalk coach Angie Kalizewski said. “They absolutely 100 percent believed. It was a true team effort. Our defense was phenomenal.”

Sam Obringer led the way in digs with 17, followed by Oakley Shane at 16, Mikailey Rogers 14, McKenzie Hall 13, Abby Moffit 10, Lindsey Ziemke six and Becca Roth five.

At the net, Obringer posted 45-of-50 with 26 kills. Kelli Weininger added 20-of-24 with 10 kills, Shane 19-of-25 and six kills, Ziemke 19-of-20 with five kills, Lauren Schluchter 11-of-13 and five kills and Lexi Ley 10-of-14 with four kills.

Both Moffit and Hall set.

Moffit went 66-of-68 with 28 assists and Hall 50-of-53 and 20 assists.

In serving, Obringer recorded 26-of-27 with five aces, Moffit 19-of-19 and two aces, Shane 16-of-18 with an ace, Ziemke 17-of-18, Hall 15-of-15 and Rogers 9-of-10.

Obringer led the way in serve receive at 36-of-38. Shane followed at 25-of-30, Rogers 11-of-12 and Roth 11-of-11.

“I thought we adjusted well,’’ Kalizewski said. “I was very, very proud of them. They’re a great bunch of kids. Sam had an amazing game.’’

Madison ended the regular season as the Division II’s third-ranked team.

They downed Kenton and Upper Sandusky in three games each to reach the district.

“Their libero is very good and their middle is very good,’’ Kalizewski said.

Kalizewski was pleased with her first-year at Norwalk.

“I’m very thankful and proud of the kids,’’ she said. “They have done everything and more.’’

The Northern Ohio League champs lose Schluchter and Taylor Blakely to graduation.

“Lauren is a three-year varsity player and Taylor has done everything we’ve asked,’’ Kalizewski said. “Those are two big positive players we’ll be missing.

“We’re young,’’ the coach added. “We hope to do some damage next season.’’

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