At Perkins Twp., the Pirates improved to 2-0 on the young season with a three-game sweep of visiting Willard. The Pirates posted scores of 27-25, 27-25 and 25-17. Perkins hosts Bellevue on Saturday, while Willard is at New London. A full game story of this match was unavailable at deadline.
Sydney Obringer registered 19 kills, India Islam tallied 25 assists and Alicia Lortcher had 27 digs helping Norwalk to a season-opening, 25-14, 22-25, 25-11, 25-16, non-league road victory over Edison on Thursday.
Lortcher added 14 kills and was one of five different Norwalk (1-0) players with at least two blocks.
Alexa Perry chipped in 23 digs, while freshman Alaina Kelley posted 20 assists.
“We had a good start to the season,” Truckers coach Angie Kalizewski said. “Tonight we didn’t play as well as we would have liked, but in the end it was a win and we learned a lot. This gave us a great place to start and let us know some specific items we need to work on” Kennedy Ames had nine kills for the Chargers (0-1), who also got eight kills from Caitlin Lonaberger. Jordyn Mitnik had 12 points and 14 digs, Kylie Shreve had 13 digs to go with seven assists. Jenna Houser registered 12 digs, six kills and four points for Edison.
“I thought we battled well” Chargers coach Sean Hoover said. “We don’t have a lot of varsity experience, but our young players stepped up. “Norwalk will be one of the best teams we play all year. They got some talented girls,” he added. “Overall, I saw some good things tonight that we can build on and use to get better” Edison starts Sandusky Bay Conference play at Perkins Tuesday. Norwalk will begin Northern Ohio League play at Columbian. “We’re looking forward to starting the NOL at Tiffin next week,” Kalizewski said. “Tonight was a great win for the match of the season and I’m very proud of the girls”
Oak Harbor 3, St. Mary C.C. 2
At Oak Harbor, the Rockets edged visiting St. Mary Central Catholic in a five-game thriller in a non-conference match at Oak Harbor Thursday night. The Panthers fell, 21-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-10, 15-13, dropping their record to 1-1. Aly Youskievicz led SMCC at the net with eight kills, while Lilly Engeler had seven kills and six blocks. Hailey Green was 32-of-34 serving with six aces and added 33 digs on defense, while Katelyn Near was 44-of-45 setting with 21 assists.
Also for the Panthers, Julia Edinger had six kills and served three aces, while Ireland Gennari added four kills.
For Oak Harbor, Ally Bloomer and Jordyn Thorp each had eight kills, while Rebekah Rayburn led the way with nine. Annie Quisno added 22 assists and Athena Eli had 26 digs.
SMCC is at South Central Saturday, while Oak Harbor visits Genoa.
Bellevue tops Clyde, Fremont Ross
At Bellevue, the host Lady Red went 2-0 in a tri-match against Clyde and Fremont Ross.
Clyde defeated the Little Giants, 25-10, 25-10, before falling to the Lady Red, 25-12, 27-25. Bellevue then beat Ross, 25-20, 25-23.
Clyde (2-1) hosts Old Fort Saturday.
For Bellevue, Tara Rinner had 16 kills, two blocks and three aces, while Brianna Stockmaster added 14 kills and three aces. Defensively, Cassidy Fultz had 21 digs and Jenna Strayer contributed 14, while Megan Bradley had 25 assists.
“It was nice to get out first two wins of the season,” Bellevue coach Karen Irons said. “We started off slow against Fremont Ross, but the girls battled and got the win. We came out strong against Clyde and we were able to carry the momentum from the first game”