The Sandusky High School volleyball team needs to get off the Blue Streak roller coaster this season.
Those were the thoughts of Sandusky head coach Stephanie Hotz after her team ran into a perennial buzzsaw in the form of Greater Buckeye Conference foe Findlay on Tuesday night at Sandusky High School.
The Blue Streaks fell in three games, 25-5, 25-16, 25-8.
“Once we learn how to play consistently at a high level, we will be a team to reckon with,” Hotz said. “But until then, it’s going to be tough. There are times we do amazing things and even Findlay can’t handle what we have, but we have to learn to get off the roller coaster and play consistently.”
Hotz was impressed with Findlay and what its players brought to the table.
“They are just very good,” Hotz said of the Lady Trojans (15-3). “They play all year around, and this is what they do.”
Sandusky fell to 2-13 overall and 1-6 in the GBC.
St. Paul 3, Mapleton 0
At Norwalk, the Lady Flyers breezed by Mapleton in three games Tuesday night in Firelands Conference action, 25-3, 25-3, 25-14.
Hannah Livengood was 19 of 20 serving with 19 points and six aces while adding six kills on 9 of 9 hitting to lead St. Paul (15-2, 11-0).
Kaylee Bundschuh was 16 of 17 serving with 13 points and five aces and was 57 of 57 setting with 25 assists and Corynne Smith was 10 of 11 serving with 10 points and five aces.
Amber Welfle was 14 of 17 hitting with nine kills and Emily Nickoli was 10 of 11 hitting with six kills.
The Lady Flyers face a stern test tonight as they travel to Division I Findlay (15-3).
New London 3, Plymouth 0
New London topped Plymouth in three games, 25-14, 25-19, 25-15, at New London High School.
Olivia Held went 23 for 23 serving with five aces while Hannah Goetze went 12 for 12 serving with 10 digs. Also for New London, Brittan Dahl was 16 for 19 hitting with nine kills, and Liza Thierry added 10 digs.
Monroeville 3, Crestview 0
At Monroeville, the Lady Eagles stayed within a game of FC leader St. Paul with a three-game sweep of Crestview, 25-9, 25-19, 25-15.
With the win, Monroeville improved to 14-3 overall and 10-1 in the FC.
Leading Monroeville was Emily Brown, who was 53 of 54 setting with 27 assists, 14 of 17 serving with five aces, 9 of 9 hitting with two kills and 12 digs.
Allison Seifker was 21 of 21 hitting with 15 kills and 20 of 21 serving with five aces while Ida Kluding was 14 of 16 hitting with seven kills and 11 of 12 serving with an ace and 15 digs.
Norwalk 3, Bellevue 0
At Norwalk, the Ladies in Blue remained in second place and a game off front-running Tiffin Columbian with a three-game win against Bellevue, 25-10, 25-21, 25-13.
Leading servers for Norwalk (11-8, 9-2) was Beth Jackson, who was 18 of 19 with 15 points and Taylor Smith, who was 15 of 15 with 12 points.
Top hitters for Norwalk included Kayla Freriks, who was 14 of 17 with 11 kills and five blocks, and Beth Jackson, who was 16 of 16 with 9 kills.
Taylor Smith had 38 assists setting and Celeste Duncan added 12 digs defensively.
Norwalk will now travel to Shelby Thursday for a key showdown, as the Lady Whippets are a game behind the Ladies in Blue in the league standings at 7-3. Should Norwalk win, they will then host Columbian next Tuesday for the chance to force a first place tie with a game remaining.