Volleyball: Edison looks for quick turnaround, Norwalk looks to Madison
Sep 18, 2011 at 12:30 AM
Well, that was a little unexpected.
It wasn't surprising either team was capable of a three-game sweep entering Saturday's non-conference showdown between visiting Edison and host Norwalk.
But what was surprising was Norwalk's dominance of the Chargers in the sweep, winning 25-10, 28-26, 25-12 in a match that took just 72 minutes to finish. Entering the match, Norwalk was No. 3 in the Division II state coaches poll while Edison was No. 9 in Division III.
Game 2 was entertaining as Edison rallied from an 18-11 deficit before falling 28-26. However, that was the lone competitiveness on the day, as Norwalk jumped out to huge leads in Game 1 and Game 3.
Tuesday will prove critical for Edison in more ways than one. The one line of thinking is, Saturday's eye-opener will prove to be just what the Chargers (6-1, 6-0 SBC) needed entering it's home match with visiting Huron (6-3, 6-0 SBC). However, there is also the risk of a hangover, and Huron could pick up the pieces. Saturday and Tuesday's match will tell the area a lot about Edison this season.
Meanwhile, Norwalk (11-1) has another huge non-conference match coming up. But first, it must travel to Columbian and Shelby for Northern Ohio League games on Tuesday and Thursday. With a pair of wins, they can essentially bag title No. 13 as it would be a two-game lead with four to play in the 10-game league slate.
But on Saturday, Mansfield Madison comes to Norwalk, and will come in with the No. 1 ranking in the Division II poll. The No. 2 team in the last week's poll, Columbus Bishop Hartley, lost last week, which may open the door for Norwalk to slide up a spot in the polls, thus possibly creating:
No. 1 Mansfield Madison at No. 2 Norwalk.
Add in last year's district semifinal between the two that went five games, including a decisive fifth game that went to the Rams, 17-15, and you have yourself one heck of a matchup at this time of the year.
Let the fun begin.