Trojan volleyball cruises to Troy Invitational title

By Josh Brown

TROY — Troy had been in a similar position — and recently, too.

“We got down 6-1, and it just felt like Game 4 against Versailles earlier this week,” Troy volleyball coach Michelle Owen said. “We got down by five early in that one and lost it by five. So when (Kenton Ridge) called its second timeout in that game, I just told the girls we were in the same spot and asked them if we were going to do the same thing, or if they wanted to win it.”

The Trojans chose the latter.

Troy (12-0) rallied from early deficits in both sets of the championship match against Kenton Ridge at the Troy Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday at the Trojan Activities Center, trailing as late as 17-15 but winning 10 of the last 13 points to win 25-17, 25-20.

Troy remained confident throughout despite being down, though. And the Trojans had made substitutions, putting backup setter Katie Jackson and Payton Riley in off the bench.

“I left us running a 6-2, because they needed that learning experience,” Owen said. “We ran it against Springboro earlier this week and it didn’t go well, we dropped a set. But she learned and played better in the second half of the game today, and Payton did some really nice things in the front row for us. We were fortunate to battle and find a way to win.”

Katie DeMeo led the way with 15 kills, two aces and five blocks, Camryn Moeller added seven kills and 14 digs, Miranda Silcott had four kills, an ace and 11 digs, Victoria Holland had four kills and Riley had two kills and two blocks — all in the second set. Dana Wynkoop finished with 15 assists and an ace and Jackson had 11 assists.

Troy began the day by beating Bethel 25-4, 25-7. DeMeo had seven kills, Moeller had five kills, Riley had four kills and two blocks, Silcott had four aces, Wynkoop had eight assists and Jackson had seven assists.

In the semifinal, Troy beat Northmont 25-19, 25-10. Moeller had seven kills and eight digs, DeMeo and Silcott had six kills each, Lauren Freed had three aces, Wynkoop had 14 assists and Jackson had six assists.

Troy opens Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play Tuesday at home against Greenville.

M-U splits tri

NEW PARIS — Milton-Union split a tri-match at National Trail Saturday, falling to Eaton 25-10, 25-12 to start the day then defeating the host Blazers 31-29, 25-27, 25-20.

“Eaton just pounded us, and I expected a bit of a letdown in the second match against Trail,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “And we didn’t play our best, but we somehow found it about halfway through the third set.”

The Bulldogs trailed by five in Game 3, but Morgan Magel went on an eight-point service run that left the score 22-18, and two points later Michaela Fullmer closed out the match with a three-point run.

Milton-Union (5-2) hosts Valley View Monday.

ME 3, Hartley 2

CASSTOWN — The Miami East Vikings picked up their biggest victory of the season Saturday, defeating Columbus Bishop Hartley in a brutal five-set match, getting hot late and winning the decisive fifth set to close out a 25-13, 17-25, 25-16, 15-25, 15-9 win.

Jonni Parker led the way with 19 kills, 16 assists, seven blocks and six aces, Kyndall Hellyer added 13 kills, 11 digs and two blocks, Lindsey Black had 15 digs and Jillian Wesco had 14 digs.

“It was a big win today against a strong Division II team,” Miami East coach Brian Bensman said.

Miami East hosts Bradford Thursday.

TC swept in tri

TROY — Troy Christian dropped a pair of matches during a tri Saturday, falling to Stivers 27-25, 25-13 and losing in three to Tri-Village 25-7, 17-25, 25-13.

The Eagles host Dayton Christian Tuesday.

* Boys Soccer

Newton 3, MV 3

DAYTON — Newton’s boys soccer team scored the first two goals of Saturday’s match at Miami Valley, but the Indians found themselves fighting back in the end — and they were able to get the equalizer and escape with a 3-3 tie.

Treyton Lavy scored the game’s first two goals, one on an assist from Seth Courtney and the other unassisted. Miami Valley answered with three straight scores, though, but Nick Honeycutt tied the score on an assist from Lavy, and that’s where it ended.

Newton (4-1-2) hosts Miami East Tuesday.

ME 2, TC 0

TROY — The Miami East Vikings picked up a hard-fought victory Saturday over non-league rival Troy Christian, holding off the Eagles for a 2-0 victory.

Both teams are back in action Tuesday, with the Vikings traveling to Newton and Troy Christian hosting Miami Valley.

* Girls Soccer

ME 1, TC 0

TROY — Miami East’s girls soccer team has struggled against Troy Christian in recent years, not winning since 2010 and going 0-3-1 since then.

Saturday, the Vikings ended that skid and picked up a signature win, outlasting the rival Eagles for a 1-0 victory to complete a boys-girls sweep at Eagle Stadium.

The lone tally came a mere 1:08 into the game, as well, as Brynee Snodgrass threaded a pass through a pair of defenders and Grace McCalister finished it off to give the Vikings the early lead. Katie Bodenmiller made seven sves in the second half alone and Morgan Haney had a non-goalie save on a corner kick to help preserve the win.

“We had a gameplan, and we executed it in the first half,” Miami East coach Emalie Carson said. “We knew Troy Christian would come out strong in the second half. We held on and battled to the end, which is somethine we haven’t necessarily been doing well this year. Starting five freshmen, we have had to be patient and know that it was eventually going to start coming together for us.”

Miami East (4-3) travels to Newton Tuesday for a Cross County Conference showdown, while Troy Christian travels to Yellow Springs for a Metro Buckeye Conference matchup.

Tipp 4, KR 0

SPRINGFIELD — Division rivals Tippecanoe and Kenton Ridge squared off Saturday night in a non-league matchup, with the Red Devils (4-0-1) winning 4-0.

Lexi Blair, Abby Walker, Lauren Lester and Katie Kramer each had a goal for the Devils, who host Greenon Monday.

* Cross Country

Tiffin Carnival

TIFFIN — Newton’s Brady McBride — who turned in a top-five finish — and Bethel’s Korry Hamlin put in the best individual performances, while the Milton-Union boys had the best finish of the Miami County schools running at the massive Tiffin Carnival cross country meet Saturday.

Milton-Union’s boys were 13th as a team with 426 points. Will Brock finished 36th (17:15.7), Shannon Milnickel was 44th (17:38), River Spicer was 71st (18:01.4), Colton Graumen was 125th (18:45.1) and Liam Godin was 155th (19:14.6).

Newton’s boys were 18th. McBride was third in 16:05, Ryan Mollette was 58th (17:49), Atley King was 84th (18:13), Tristen Benedict was 140th (18:54) and Brett Sullivan was 205th (20:18).

Bethel’s boys were split into two teams. In the varsity A race, the Bees were 33rd with 851 points, led by Hamlin in 19th (16:52.2) and Coleman Clark in 121st (18:39.7). In the varsity B race, Bethel was 26th with 774 points, led by Max Schell in 135th (22:50.8) and Sam Pencil in 163rd (25:21.5).

In the girls Division II-III, Milton-Union was 27th with 709 points. Megan Trittschuh was 116th (22:56.2), Kiley Jacobe was 140th (23:34.7), Lauren Meredith was 145th (23:38.2), Kyli Parsons was 151st (23:42.5) and Kayla Blanton was 172nd (23:59.5).

Newton’s girls were 40th with 1,047 points, led by Macy Flanary in 42nd (21:09) and Tatum McBride in 212th (24:45). Bethel’s girls were 45th with 1,337 points, led by Kaitlyn Balkcom in 245th (25:33.8).

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