Tuesday Roundup: Russia volleyball beats Anna to stay ahead in SCAL race

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RUSSIA — Russia’s volleyball team stayed atop the Shelby County Athletic League standings with a 3-2 win over Anna on Tuesday. The Raiders won the second set 25-22, fourth set 25-16 and fifth set 15-4 to take the match. Anna won the first game 25-16 and third game 25-23.

“We played great and responded when we needed to,” Russia coach Aaron Watkins said. “Credit to Anna for a great game. It was an awesome atmosphere tonight and we’re happy to come out with a win.”

Russia (5-2) is tied for first in the SCAL with Fort Loramie (5-5). Both have 3-0 conference records.

Laurissa Poling had 19 kills, 15 digs, two blocks and two aces to lead the Raiders. Cameo Wilson had 12 kills and six digs, and Jenna Cordonnier had nine kills, 42 assists, 22 digs and two aces.

Whitney Pleiman had 42 digs and three aces, while Morgan Wenrick had eight kills, 12 digs and two aces. Faith Apple had 12 digs and two aces, and Ashely Scott and Claudia Counts each had six kills.

Emma Meyer had 16 kills and four blocks for Anna. Rachel Shoemaker had 18 digs and Lexi Wells had 32 assists.

Russia plays at Botkins on Thursday. The Rockets (5-4, 2-2 SCAL) play again next Tuesday against Botkins in Anna.

Sidney 3, Greenville 1

The Yellow Jackets won the first set 25-11, lost the second 25-22, won the third 25-13 and won the fourth 25-20 on Tuesday to claim their second consecutive victory.

Carrie Nuss directed the offense with 38 assists on 89-of-90 setting. Arielle Snider and Alina Kindle led the Jacket attack with 15 and 12 kills, respectively. Emily Tolbert and Ally Spangler added five kills each. Kindle and Payton Boshears each served three aces.

Defensively, Snider recorded four solo blocks and Spangler added two. Nuss also led the defense with 16 digs and Allie Herrick scrapped for 12.

Sidney (2-5, 2-3 Greater Western Ohio Conference North) travels to West Carrollton on Thursday.

Jackson Center 3, Botkins 0

The Tigers beat Botkins 25-15, 25-13, and 25-19 in an SCAL match on Tuesday.

Raquel Kessler had 18 kills, four blocks and seven digs for Jackson Center. Caroline Frieders had 12 kills, 19 assists and two aces while Elizabeth Hickey had six kills. Katie Sosby had 10 digs, Madilynn Platfoot had 14 assists and Connor Pipke had nine digs.

Sarah Bergman had nine kills and 10 digs for Botkins while Bella Ewry had 10 assists.

It was the first league win for the Tigers (2-4, 1-2 SCAL), who play at Fairlawn on Thursday. Botkins (3-4, 2-2) plays next on Thursday against Russia.

Houston 3, Fairlawn 0

The Wildcats beat Fairlawn 25-15, 25-16 and 25-21 on Tuesday.

Jessica Monnier, Sarah Monnier and Olivia Bowser each had six kills for Houston, while Hayden Riesenbeck had four kills and Allisen Foster had three kills. Sarah Monnier also had 12 digs, five aces and one assist, while Alyssa Kemp had eight digs and 23 assists. Amber Stangel had seven digs and Hannah Bixler had four digs.

Lauren Dudgeon had 11 kills, nine digs and one block for Fairlawn. Brittany Strunk had two kills, 10 digs and seven assists, MaCalla Huelskamp had six digs, two kills and two assists and Lauren Weinschenk had 12 digs and one ace.

Houston (2-5, 1-3 SCAL) plays next on Thursday at Fort Loramie. Fairlawn returns to action on Thursday against Jackson Center.

New Bremen 3, St. Marys 1

The Cardinals lost the first set 25-18 but won the next three 25-11, 25-17 and 25-16 to take the match. Paige Jones had 31 kills and 11 digs, while Julia Goettemoeller had 11 kills. Blake Snider had 10 digs, Rachel Kramer had five kills and four blocks, Abbi Thieman had 25 assists and Madison Pape had 20 assists.

Ottawa-Glandorf 3, Fort Loramie 0

Ottawa-Glandorf beat the Redskins 25-15, 25-12 and 25-16 on Tuesday. Marissa Meiring, Abby Holthaus and Morgan Holscher each had four kills for Loramie. Sophia Albers had 16 assists and eight digs.

The Redskins play next on Tuesday against Houston in Loramie.

Boys Soccer

Sidney 3, Fairborn 2

Jalen Hudgins scored two goals and Damien Jones scored one to lead the Yellow Jackets over Fairborn on Tuesday. Hudgins and Nathan Miu both had one assist each.

“We played well tonight, but we still need to get better with some fundamental skills,” Sidney coach Jamie Fridley said. “We seem to always play down to our competition and try to force things. We are happy about the win, but we still can do better.”

Sidney hosts Stebbins on Thursday night.

New Knoxville 4, Fairlawn 1

Two first half goals by Jonah Lageman and a goal off a volley by Ben Lammers propelled the Rangers to a 3-0 halftime lead over the Jets on Tuesday. Fairlawn scored early in the second half off an on-goal deflection, but New Knoxville answered back with a goal by Chris Covert.

Ryland Dyrness had three saves for the Rangers. With the win, New Knoxville improves their Western Ohio Soccer League record to 2-0 and overall record to 3-1. The Rangers play next on Thursday at Lehman.

Girls Tennis

Sidney 4, Trotwood-Madison 1

Hailey New lost in first singles on a tiebreaker, but the Yellow Jackets won both doubles and two other singles to take the match on Tuesday.

New lost the first game 6-4, won the second 7-6 and lost 6-3 in a tiebreaker. Naomi Riegel won 6-0 and 6-1 in second singles and Madison Frank won 6-1 and 6-1 in third singles. Caroline Gallimore and Auanna Edens won 6-0 and 6-0 in first doubles. Trotwood forfeited the second doubles match.

Lima Central Catholic 5, Lehman Catholic 0

Claire Larger lost 6-1 and 6-0 at first singles, Sarah Gibson won 6-3 and lost 6-1 and 10-5 in second singles and Melanie Brunner lost 6-0 and 6-2 at third singles. In doubles, Alex Read and Angela Brunner lost 6-0 and 6-1 and Ann Pannapara and Kiera Burns lost 6-4 and 6-2.

“Sarah lost a close match against a girl who has lost only one match this season,” Lehman coach Tim Ungericht said. “Sarah has been playing really well the past couple of weeks. …Lima Central Catholic has a nice young team who plays with consistency which is something we are striving for.”


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