JACKSON CENTER — The Jackson Center Lady Tigers, coming off a state championship season a year ago, fell behind 1-0 in their season volleyball opener Saturday at home against Versailles.
But they came back to take the next three games to win 21-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-22 in a challenging battle Saturday morning at Jackson Center.
The win put the Lady Tigers at 1-0 heading into another non-league game Tuesday at Covington, which lost to Russia in its opener Saturday.
The Lady Tigers had six players with at least five kills in the win, led by senior Cassie Meyer with 11. Raquel Kessler added 10, Alicia Kessler eight, Miranda Hickey seven, Camryn Hoehne six and Vanessa Winner five.
Meyer added 10 digs, six blocks and three ace serves for the Lady Tigers, R. Kessler had 10 digs, A. Kessler three blocks, and Hoehne added 15 assists, three aces and 10 digs.
Kamryn Elchert had 20 assists and eight digs, Christen Ware had eight digs to go with three blocks and three kills, and Katelyn Sosby had seven digs.
Jackson Center also won the junior varsity game in three.
Russia 3, Covington 0
COVINGTON — Russia got a win in head coach Aaron Watkins’ first game as the head coach Saturday, beating Covington 25-14, 25-23, 25-14.
The Lady Raiders, 1-0, host backyard rival Versailles tonight.
Jenna Cordonnier had 25 assists and six kills for the Lady Raiders, Whitney Pleiman had 25 digs and seven assists, Cameo Wilson led the offense with 10 kills and also had six digs, and Laurissa Poling had five kills.
“It was a great way to start the season,” said coach Watkins.
Loramie goes 2-1,
New Knoxville 1-2
COLDWATER — Fort Loramie opened its season by competing in the Coldwater Spikeoff Tournament again on Saturday, and when it was over, the Lady Redskins had finished with a 2-1 record.
The loss came in their first game, to Ottawa-Glandorf 25-20, 25-15.
The Lady Redskins faced Liberty Benton next and came away with a 25-22, 25-21 victory.
That advanced them to the consolation finals against neighboring New Knoxville, and Loramie prevailed in three games, losing the first 25-21 then coming back to take the next two 25-19, 25-16.
Caleigh Barhorst had 25 kills total in the three matches to lead Fort Loramie, Sarah Stang added 18 and Abby Holthaus finished with 14.
Hattie Meyer handed out 31 assists and Aleah Frilling added 19.
In digs, Barhorst also led the way with 34, with Taylor Ernst finishing with 29.
Fort Loramie returns to action on Tuesday at Minster.
• New Knoxville won over St. Marys 25-16, 21-25, 25-22, and lost to Miami East 25-12, 25-18 to finish 1-2 in the tournament.
On the day, Kenzie Schroer had 17 kills and 29 assists and 14 digs for the Lady Rangers.
Riverside 3, WL-Salem 2
WEST LIBERTY — Riverside opened its season on Saturday at West Liberty-Salem and came away with a 3-2 win, the scores being 25-18, 24-26, 20-25, 25-20, 16-14.
The 1-0 Lady Pirates were led by Marissa Davis, who pounded out 33 kills in the match.
She also had five total blocks, as did Shelby Giles, and they also had five ace serves each.
Davis, Kristin Davidson and Lauren Anderson all had 19 digs, Alexis Snow added 12 and Shelby Giles finished with 10.
Helena Faulder dished out 24 assists and Snow added 15.
The Lady Pirates are back in action Tuesday at home against Bradford.
Saturday was supposed to see a girls doubleheader soccer match at Sidney Memorial Stadium, with both Lehman and Sidney in action.
But the weather took care of that. All that took place was the first half of the game between Lehman and Madeira. Storms that hit the area forced a halt to the game at the half, and washed out the Sidney-West Carrollton game that was supposed to follow.
“This was a much-anticipated opening game played in front of a good-sized crowd,” said Lehman coach Jeremy Lorenzo. “Two out of the last three years, this matchup has come down to game-winning goals occurring in the last 30 seconds.”
It appeared that the game was heading for another second-half thriller with the score being 0-0 at half. However, the teams never got to take the field in second half due to lightning.
“We were really disappointed that we didn’t get back on the field,” Lorenzo said. “When I broke the news to the girls that the game was cancelled, they were heartbroken. They were really looking forward to the second half.
“We definitely showed some nerves in the first half, which was expected,” he added. “However, I really felt good about our chances in the second half, especially having the wind at our backs. Madeira is a very good team that is well coached. I have a feeling we may see them again in October.”
INDIAN LAKE — The Sidney High boys opened the season Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Indian Lake.
The Jackets got goals from Luke Rees, Jalen Hudgins and Mason Page, and assists from Rees, Gage Fridley and Evan Burden.
The Jackets are back in action at West Carrollton on Tuesday.
• New Knoxville opened its season on Saturday and lost 10-1 to Ada in non-league action.
The Rangers’ only goal was scored by Joseph Baende.
The Rangers are at Spencerville in Western Ohio Soccer League action Thursday.
Lehman played Fort Recovery in boys golf recently and won 178-196.
Tyler Lachey led the Cavs with a 41, Ryan Schmidt and Cole Gilardi had 43s and Parker Riley 51.