CENTERVILLE — It was high school volleyball’s version of “The Late Show” Monday afternoon/evening in the Division 1 Sectional Tournament at Centerville High School.
There were three games on tap, with the first one scheduled for 5 p.m. between Wayne and Fairborn. The second was set for 6:15 between Piqua and Northmont, and the final one between Sidney and Tecumseh was scheduled for 7:30.
All three matches went five games, and when the referee blew his whistle for the opening serve in the Sidney-Tecumseh games, the clock read 9:40 p.m., over a two-hour delay.
It was nearly 11:30 Monday night when the match ended, with Tecumseh taking a 3-2 victory, and Sidney coach Lauren Morrow said the team arrived back in Sidney at 12:35 a.m. Tuesday.
Tecumseh won the first game 25-18, but the Lady Jackets came back and took the next two 25-18, 25-13. However, the Lady Arrows won the fourth game 25-16, then edged the Lady Jackets in the deciding game 15-13.
The loss ended Sidney’s season at 11-12. Tecumseh advances to meet Northmont in the semifinals.
Amanda Thomas had 12 kills and Celena Taborn 11 for Sidney. Carrie Nuss set them up with 36 assists and also led the defense with 15 digs.
Grace Shell and Alexis Doyle both added six kills, Taborn had nine total blocks and Thomas five.
Defensively, Kiana Calvert added 10 digs and Emily Tolbert added eight.
Loramie 3, Houston 0
ARCANUM — No. 2-seeded Fort Loramie beat County rival Houston for the third time, and ended the Lady Wildcats’ season with a 3-0 victory in the Division 4 Sectional Tournament opener for both squads Monday night at Arcanum.
The scores were 25-14, 25-9, 25-14, and the win advanced the Lady Redskins, 15-8, to the semifinals Wednesday at Arcanum at 6 p.m. against No. 24 seed Tri-County North. Houston, the No. 23 seed, finishes the season at 2-20.
Highlighting the win for Fort Loramie was a milestone reached by senior Caleigh Barhorst. She finished with 20 kills and one of them was the 1,000th of her career.
“She lives and breathes volleyball and I know this was just one of her many goals she has set for this season,” said Loramie coach John Rodgers. “The staff at Arcanum was very understanding and I appreciated them allowing us to present Caleigh with the game ball.”
Sara Stang and Abby Holthaus both added seven kills for the Lady Redskins, Sophia Albers had 35 assists, Taylor Ernst 14 digs and Barhorst 13 digs.
For Houston, Sarah Monnier led in kills with four and Alyssa Kemp had nine assists. Kemp, a sophomore, broke a school record, finishing the season with a serve percentage of 98.9.