By Josh Brown
TROY — 20-0.
While Troy’s 17-0 record to start this season may be impressive, the focus during Tuesday’s Senior Night volleyball match against Piqua was on Troy’s three seniors — and how they never lost a Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division match during their careers.
They didn’t start Tuesday, either, as Lauren Freed, Drezanee Smith and Kaylie Marshall were honored before the match against the rival Indians, and then the Trojans wrapped up their fourth consecutive GWOC North championship with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-18 sweep at the Trojan Activities Center.
“Tonight was all about our three seniors,” Troy coach Michelle Owen said. “We played well as a team tonight, and we were excited to win our fourth straight GWOC North title.”
The duo of Freed and junior Katie DeMeo proved to be too much for Piqua to handle all night. Both piled up 16 kills, tied for the match-high total, with Miranda Silcott adding five, Smith adding four, Payton Riley adding three and Camryn Moeller adding two. Freed and Silcott also each had two aces, and DeMeo had five blocks, with Smith and Riley each adding two. Dana Wynkoop had 16 assists, Emily Brinkman had 12 and Katie Jackson had 10, and Freed had 16 digs to lead the defense while Marshall and Silcott each added 12.
Troy (17-0, 5-0 GWOC North) plays its final regular season match on the road Thursday at Beavercreek before beginning play next week in the GWOC Tournament.
“We were excited to win our fourth straight championship tonight,” Owen said. “Now we’re focusing all of our attention on Beavercreek and the GWOC Tournament.”
Tipp 3, Stebbins 0
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe had one rough game Tuesday night, but in the end the Red Devils were able to complete a 25-6, 25-22, 25-12 sweep of visiting Stebbins in Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division play.
Alyssa Crusey had 10 kills and two blocks to lead the way, Emily Shuk had eight kills, Aubrey Cox had five kills, four blocks and four aces, Kara Trimbach had 24 assists, Jordan McMahan had 10 digs and Taylor Prall had four aces.
Tippecanoe (10-5, 4-2 CBC Kenton Trail) travels to Tecumseh Thursday.
ME 3, TCN 0
CASSTOWN — The Miami East volleyball team cruised to win over Tri-County North in three sets Tuesday, remaining undefeated in Cross County Conference play.
Jonni Parker had 13 aces and eight kills, Carly Gump dished out 11 assists and Lindsey Black added 13 digs.
The Vikings will host National Trail Thursday in another CCC matchup.
Covington 3, TVS 0
COVINGTON — Covington defeated Twin Valley South 25-18, 25-14, 25-18 in Cross County Conference action Tuesday.
“We played a complete match tonight,” Covington coach Lonnie Cain said. “We cut down on our unforced errors and kept the pressure on Twin Valley South.”
Rachel York had 10 kills and 11 digs and Brooke Gostomsky had eight kills, nine digs, four blocks and three aces to lead the way for the Buccaneers (6-10, 5-3 CCC). Bre Dieperink had four kills, five digs and 10 assists, Savanna Schaurer had two aces and 11 digs, Breanna Kimmel had five kills, two blocks and three digs and Arianna Richards had 15 assists and five digs.
Covington travels to Tri-County North Thursday.
TC 3, MC 0
TROY — The Troy Christian Eagles swept Middletown Christian Tuesday in Metro Buckeye Conference play, winning 25-21, 25-12, 25-16.
Jenna Bullock had 20 assists and six aces, Kathryn Lee had seven kills and four aces, Jenna Grady had six kills and three blocks, Kristen Winger had 12 digs and five aces, Allison Winger had five digs and two aces, Faith King had six kills and Emily Sloan had two kills.
Troy Christian (4-13, 3-4 MBC) travels to Xenia Christian Thursday.
* Boys Golf
GREENVILLE — The Newton boys golf team, as well as Bethel’s Tyler Weinert, Covington’s Levi Winn and Bradford’s Alex Swabb, advanced to next week’s district tournament after the Division III sectional boys golf tournament Tuesday at Turtle Creek Golf Course.
Catholic Central won with a 355 total, while Newton was second with 361.
Brock Jamison tied for second on the day and led Newton with an 81. Also for Newton, Chet Jamison shot 88, Drew Thiesing shot 94, Wade Ferrell shot 98 and Milan Bess shot 104.
Weinert shot 85 to lead the Bees and advance as an individual. Tyler Brookhart shot 93, Nick Lightcap shot 100, Connor Hockett shot 102 and Christian White shot 113 as the Bees finished sixth as a team.
Covington’s Winn also tied for second on the day, shooting an 81. Bradford’s Swabb advanced as an individual with an 85.
SPRINGFIELD — The Miami East boys golf team competed in the Division II sectional Tuesday at Reid Park. Playing on an unfamiliar course against unfamiliar schools was a little more than what Miami East had prepared for. In wet difficult conditions, the Vikings finished sixth out of 17 teams with a 368 total.
Kley Karadak advanced on to district with an 81, the low score of individual qualifiers and tied for third low score of the day. He will play at the district tournament next week at Weatherwax Golf Course.
Also for Miami East, Scot Kirby shot 90, Ryan Haney shot 98, Walker Henley shot 99 and Dylan Martinez shot 106.
Milton-Union’s boys were 16th with a 433. Parker Puthoff shot 89, Grayson Galentine shot 108, Philip Brumbaugh shot 116, Nick Brumbaugh shot 120 and Hayden Davidson shot 121.
Wayne 164, Troy 169
SPRINGBORO — Troy’s boys golf team struggled in rainy conditions Tuesday at Heatherwoode Golf Course, shooting a 169 to host Springboro’s 154 and Wayne’s 169.
Troy Moore led the way with a 1-over 37, tied for medalist honors. Holden Scribner added a 40, Nate Uhlenbrock shot 44, Tyler Lambert shot 48, Ryan McClurg shot 49 and Austin Rank shot 53.
“It was rainy, and some guys handled it well and some didn’t,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “It was good to play in conditions like this heading into next week’s sectional, because you never know what conditions you’ll be playing in there. The kids need to be able to adjust to the conditions.”
Troy will play in the Division I sectional tournament Tuesday at Reid Park.
* Boys Soccer
Bethel 1, TC 0
TROY — Troy Christian’s boys soccer team controlled play early Tuesday night against visiting Bethel, but the Bees were able to put the game’s only tally on the board with less than four minutes to go, grabbing a 1-0 victory at Eagle Stadium.
Evan Hawthorn scored the goal for Bethel (8-2-1) with an assist from Korry Hamlin.
“Evan was able to muscle in a chip played into the box by Korry with under four minutes to play to lead us to an away win,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “The first half belonged to Troy Christian. They put us under considerable pressure, and we somehow came out of the first half tied.
“We were finally able to possess the ball and win some balls in the midfield (in the second half). In the end, we were able to stand strong and not be denied. Leading into the tournament, this was a good win — one where you did not play your best but were able to find a way to get the ball in the back of the net.”
Bethel travels to Miami East Thursday, while the Eagles (7-5) host Emmanuel Christian Tuesday.
* Cross Country
NEW MADISON — The Miami East girls won the Tri-Village Patriot Invitational cross country meet Tuesday, while the Viking boys finished second as a team.
Miami East girls won with 22 points.
Lorenza Savini led the Vikings to victory, winning in 20:43, while Bradford’s Karmen Knopp was second in 21:00.
The rest of Miami East’s top five included Marie Ewing (fourth, 21:30), Lindsey Yingst (fifth, 21:34), Sami Sands (10th, 22:25) and Emma DeWeese (12th, 23:05).
For Bradford, Chelsea Gill was 16th (23:49) and Cheyenne Parke was 36th (27:04).
On the boys side, Houston won with 40 points, Miami East was second with 62 and Bradford finished ninth with 218 points.
For the Vikings, Gavin Horne finished second (18:03), Luke Mengos was 11th (18:52), Noah Shook was 15th (19:16), Taton Bertsch was 16th (19:23 and Justin DeWeese was 18th (19:35).
Bradford was led by Johnny Fike in sixth (18:41).
Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.