In a key early season showdown between two unbeaten Firelands Conference and state-ranked Division IV teams, it was the St. Paul Lady Flyers winning Tuesday over Monroeville, 25-12, 25-21, 25-13.
The win also marked the 300th career coaching victory for St. Paul head coach Nancy Miller.
“I’ve been blessed with 16 years of really good kids who are willing to work hard and have parents that support them,” Miller said. “It’s been a lot of work from a lot of people.”
The Lady Flyers, who are 9-1 overall and 7-0 in the FC, were ranked No. 3 in the latest Division IV coaches poll and got 11 kills on 23 of 25 hitting from Emily Nickoli as well as 9 of 10 serving with seven points and three aces.
Amber Welfle was 21 of 22 hitting with 11 kills and five blocks while Hannah Livengood was 18 of 19 serving with 14 points, three aces and 14 digs defensively. Kaylee Bundschuh was 51 of 51 setting with 22 assists and 13 of 13 with nine points while Hillary Fritz was 28 of 28 setting with eight assists and Corynne Smtih added 14 digs.
“Our game composure was awesome,” Miller said. “In the second game we were down, but I could tell by the looks on their faces that they were going to find a way to do it. The stats really tell the story, as we were balanced across the board. It was a good team win.”
For Monroeville (10-3, 6-1), who entered the game ranked No. 16 in Division IV, Allison Seifker was 7 of 7 serving, 26 of 26 hitting with 12 kills and had five digs and Jamie Kluding finished 12 of 12 serving, 14 of 14 hitting with eight kills and added two blocks and six digs.
New London 3, South Central 1
At Greenwich, the Lady Wildcats improved to 5-2 in the FC with a four-game win over South Central, 25-17, 25-22, 16-25, 25-18, Tuesday night at South Central High School.
For New London (8-6), Hannah Goetze was 36 of 40 hitting with 18 kills, 18 of 20 serving with two aces and 14 digs while Liza Thierry was 23 of 29 hitting with nine kills and 28 digs.
Rian Thierry was 115 of 121 setting with 35 assists and Olivia Held was 21 of 22 serving with three aces.
New London hosts Monroeville Thursday.
Norwalk 3, Galion 0
At Norwalk, the Ladies in Blue got back to .500 overall and improved to 5-2 in the Northern Ohio League with a three-game sweep of Galion Tuesday night, 25-13, 25-20, 25-22.
Taylor Smith led Norwalk (7-7) with 14 of 14 serving with 12 points and 36 assists setting while Celeste Duncan was 15 of 16 hitting with 11 kills and Kayla Freriks was 14 of 18 hitting with 10 kills and 11 blocks at the net.
Beth Jackson was 15 of 16 hitting and Carissa Duncan added 12 digs.
Norwalk is at Willard Thursday.
Carey 3, Seneca East 1
At Carey, the Lady Tigers fell for the first time in the Midland Athletic League in four games to Carey Tuesday night, 25-20, 25-13, 16-25, 25-11.
Pacing Seneca East (5-7, 3-1) was Alexa Wilhelm with seven kills, eight digs and three aces while Julia Kagy had five kills, five digs and six assists and Kari Schultz had five kills and eight digs.
Kaci Miller added 17 digs and four aces and Lexi Ehrsman added 13 assists setting.
The Seneca East JV team won in two games, 26-24, 25-16.