ELIDA — New Bremen earned its third consecutive regional championship to earn another trip to Wright State by beating the team it lost to in a state final last year.
The Cardinals beat Tiffin Calvert 19-25, 25-21, 25-13, 25-16 at Elida High School’s Fieldhouse to earn a Division IV regional title and state berth. New Bremen (26-1) will face Monroeville in a state semifinal on Friday at Wright State’s Nutter Center.
Macy Puthoff led New Bremen with 11 kills while Josie Reinhart had 10, Taylor Paul had nine, Kaylee Fruend had seven and Ashton Heitkamp had six. Claire Pape led the squad with 37 assists. Diana Heitkamp had a team-high four aces while Puthoff had three.
Pape led the squad’s defense with seven blocks while Puthoff had six. Heitkamp had 19 digs, Pape had 11 and Puthoff had 10.
Calvert, which beat the Cardinals 3-2 in last year’s state final, finishes 25-2.
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 3, Versailles 1
CHCA won a tight second set to grab momentum and then pulled away to end Versailles’ season in a 17-25, 35-33, 25-20, 25-13 victory in a Div. III regional final on Saturday at Trent Arena in Kettering.
The opening set saw nine ties with the last coming at 14-14 before Versailles took a 19-17 advantage. The Tigers scored six unanswered points to earn a first set 25-17 win and take a 1-0 lead.
“Our communication piece came and that’s what makes or breaks us,” Versailles coach Kenzie Bruggeman said. “We were executing, our defense was a lot better and serve receive was a lot better. When we are in system and we can make it easy on Kiersten (Bomholt) we are able to be calmer, we are able to put the balls away and each game from then on it got less and less.”
Lindsey Winner came into the day needing 8-kills to reach 1,000 kills, a milestone the 6-foor-1 senior would reach in the opening set.
“For her to get that as a middle and to where she came from as a freshman, it’s just unbelievable,” Bruggeman said. “I’m so excited to be able to watch her play at UD (University of Dayton). She is going to make leaps and bounds.”
Versailles jumped out to 3-0 and 6-3 second set leads only to have the Eagles go on a 6-0 run to grab a 9-6 advantage. CHCA made it a 4-point advantage at 13-9 bringing a timeout from the Versailles bench.
Trailing 15-12, Versailles battle back to cut it to a 1-point Cincinnati lead with the Eagles calling for a timeout.
CHCA pushed its lead to six at 22-16 before Versailles would go on a 7-0 run with freshman Kirsten Bomholt at the serving line to take a 23-22 lead.
With the second set just two points from a possible winner, the teams went toe-to-toe with what would prove to be 11-ties starting at 23-23 and the last coming at 33-33 before the Eagles would take the set 35-33 and even the match a set apiece.
The third set had nine ties with the last coming at 12-12 before the girls from Cincinnati would take a 2-1 lead with a 25-20 win.
The fourth set was no kinder to Versailles as the Eagles bolted out to a 10-0 advantage bringing a second Versailles timeout. Unable to find their stride, the Tigers were quickly looking at a 16-2 deficit. From there, Versailles outscored the Eagles 11-9 only to come up short and fall out of tournament play with a 25-13 fourth set loss.
The Tigers, which had won D-III state championships the last two years, finish 15-13 overall. The team will lose eight seniors to graduation, including Winner, who was a first team all-Midwest Athletic Conference selection.
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