By Josh Brown
BEAVERCREEK — Going into the season, the Troy volleyball team knew it had to do everything possible to earn the No. 1 seed in the area heading into the sectional tournament if it wanted a chance at winning a district title.
When reigning two-time Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division Player of the Year Lauren Freed was hurt before the season began, the Trojans knew the road wouldn’t be easy.
They never once doubted themselves, each other or their ability to accomplish their goals, though. They merely went out and did everything they needed to do and more — and in doing so, did something no other Troy team during coach Michelle Owen’s tenure has done, finishing off an undefeated regular season with a resounding three-game sweep at Beavercreek Thursday, winning 25-21, 27-25, 25-21.
Freed led a balanced attack with 14 kills, while Miranda Silcott and Katie DeMeo each had 10. Camryn Moeller added seven and Drezanee Smith had two. And the Trojans’ service game was on, too, with Freed leading the team with four aces, Moeller and Victoria Holland each adding three and Silcott adding two of the team’s 14 total.
“Our ball control and serve receive struggled a little. We weren’t putting balls in position to use our middles effectively,” Owen said. “But Lauren made some great plays on the outside and in the back row. She’s just so good at placing the ball, she can attack from anywhere and put it where no one is within three feet of it. Katie started to come along, too, but Beavercreek played really good defense and dug up a lot of tough hits.
“In set two, we were down two most of the way but got on a long run — and Victoria, who did a really nice job tonight, came up with a huge ace while the set was tied. She served us back into that set. Then Lauren jump served in Game 3, rattled off about six points and got us some separation.”
Troy played solid defense, as well, with Holland leading the way with 14 digs, Silcott and Freed adding 10 and Moeller adding six. Smith also had five solo blocks, DeMeo and Silcott had four blocks each and Freed and Dana Wynkoop had three each. Wynkoop also dished out 39 assists.
“I’m so proud of the girls,” Owen said. “We knew we needed to be 18-0 at this point, and here we are. They’ve been amazing. Now we’re going to focus on the GWOC Tournament next week.”
Troy will travel to Sidney for a first-round match Monday then host Piqua Thursday in what will be the final GWOC Tournament held.
ME 3, NT 0
CASSTOWN — Miami East dominated once again in Cross County Conference action Thursday, progressively playing better in a 25-14, 25-9, 25-4 victory over National Trail.
Jonni Parker had 11 kills and 10 assists and Kyndall Hellyer added 10 kills to lead the Vikings. Jillian Wesco had seven kills and 19 digs, Lindsey Black had 23 digs and four aces and Carly Gump had 16 assists and four aces in the win.
Miami East travels to Covington Oct. 8.
M-U 3, Carlisle 0
CARLISLE — Milton-Union improved to 8-6 on the season, 6-2 in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division, Thursday with a sweep at Carlisle, winning 25-15, 25-20, 25-14.
Michaela Fullmer had nine kills and Anna Willson had seven to lead the way, with Lauren Craig passing out 17 assists.
Milton-Union will compete in the London Invitational Saturday.
Covington 3, TCN 0
LEWISBURG — Covington took control early and never let go Thursday, cruising to a 25-10, 25-7, 25-5 Cross County Conference victory at Tri-County North.
Brooke Gostomsky had nine kills and two blocks, Rachel York had seven kills and seven digs and Bre Dieperink had five kills, two aces, three digs and six assists to lead the way. Arianna Richards had four aces, five digs and 13 assists, Savanna Schaurer had five digs and Darianne Ganger had an ace and two digs.
“We played aggressive volleyball this evening. We put pressure on Tri-County North from beginning to end,” Covington coach Lonnie Cain said. “The entire team did a great job of cutting down on errors and communicating — which is great to see.”
Covington hosts Versailles Monday.
Tecumseh 3, Tipp 1
NEW CARLISLE — Tippecanoe had more offense Thursday night at Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division rival Tecumseh, but the Red Devils couldn’t overcome their unforced errors in a 25-16, 25-23, 21-25, 25-17 loss.
Taylor Prall had 11 kills and six blocks, Alyssa Crusey had nine kills, Aubrey Cox had six kills and five blocks and Kara Trimbach had 35 assists as the Devils had more kills (37-32) and more blocks (13-4) than the Arrows — but they also had more errors, 37-23.
Tippecanoe (10-6, 4-3) hosts Graham Tuesday.
XC 3, TC 2
XENIA — Troy Christian and Xenia Christian battled back and forth Thursday, but the Ambassadors edged the Eagles in five games for a Metro Buckeye Conference win, 25-20, 20-25, 21-25, 25-19, 15-13.
Jenna Bullock had 25 assists, 13 digs and eight kills, Jenna Grady had 10 kills and nine blocks, Kathryn Lee had 17 digs, 13 blocks and three kills, Faith King had 16 digs, Allison Winger had seven digs, Emily Sloan had eight aces, five kills and five digs and A’maria Carter had five kills and five digs.
* Girls Soccer
ME 3, Bethel 1
BRANDT — Miami East and Bethel met Thursday in a matchup of the only two girls soccer teams still undefeated in Cross County Conference play, and the young Vikings were able to make big plays in clutch moments to claim a 3-1 victory and take the driver’s seat in the league.
After a scoreless first half — and almost 20 minutes of scoreless play in the second — Danielle Mannier stole the ball, worked past a pair of defenders and hit a tough near-post shot that the Bethel keeper simply couldn’t wrap up to make it 1-0 East with 21:50 to go. Less than two minutes later, Cerstin Gross won a ball at midfield and sent it to Emily Holicki, who beat a defender and rifled in another long shot to make it 2-0.
Bethel’s Maggie Kahler cut the deficit to one on a contentious play in the box with six minutes to go, but Mannier was able to finish a ball by Hailey Weaver to seal the win. East keeper Katie Bodenmiller made three saves in the match.
“The third goal, especially, was textbook,” Miami East coach Emalie Carson said. “There were more than three girls involved in setting up that play, and it was actually some movement patterns we had been working on in practice all week. It almost took them the whole game, but it is nice to see them execute what we have been working and talking about.”
Miami East (8-4, 5-0 CCC) hosts Lehman Monday.
M-U 5, Carlisle 0
CARLISLE — Milton-Union posted its eighth shutout of the season Thursday night, routing Carlisle 5-0 in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
Kristen Dickison scored a pair of goals, Madison Brandon had a goal and two assists, Danielle McFarland had a goal and an assist, Heather Ressler had a goal and Beyonce Bobbitt had an assist. Goalie Taylor Friedman posted the shutout in net with help from defenders Alayna Bennett, Sierra Gostomsky, Maddie Brown and Mia Morphew.
Milton-Union (10-2-1, 5-1-1) hosts Dixie Tuesday.
Other scores: Lehman 3, Anna 1.
* Boys Soccer
Troy 2, Miamisburg 1
MIAMISBURG — Following a tough loss to Butler on Tuesday, the Troy boys soccer team traveled to Miamisburg Thursday night, holding off a scrappy Vikings team for a 2-1 victory.
Collin Hubbell scored to put Troy (9-3) on top early, then Grant Holland finished off an assist from J.T. Yenney for an insurance goal. The Vikings converted a penalty kick with 18 minutes to play, but goalkeeper Alex Williams made three saves in the match to make the lead stand up.
Troy travels to Sidney Tuesday for a Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division matchup.
Bethel 3, ME 2
CASSTOWN — With both teams already sharing a loss to Cross County Conference leader Franklin Monroe, the Bethel and Miami East boys soccer teams still fought as if there was everything to play for Thursday night, with the Bees holding off the Vikings for a 3-2 victory.
Korry Hamlin put Bethel (9-2-1) on top early, but Dalton Taylor tied the score for the Vikings (10-3) with an assist from Devyn Carson. Collin Rust gave the lead back to Bethel with an assist from Hamlin, then Hamlin set up an insurance score by Tyler Brueckman. Devyn Carson added an unassisted goal, but the Bees were able to hold on.
“This was a very hard-fought game between neighboring CCC rivals,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “Lately it seems like my guys have been a second-half team, and we seemed to prove it again. We battled to win the 50-50 balls and scored early to take the lead, then we maintained our poise and scored again midway through the half to take a 3-1 lead.
“I was very proud of the kids. They played as if they were not going to be denied.”
Mimai East travels to Urbana Saturday, while Bethel hosts Yellow Springs Monday.
Newton 9, TCN 1
LEWISBURG — Treyton Lavy had a monstrous night Thursday at Tri-County North, leading the Newton Indians (8-3-2) to a 9-1 Cross County Conference victory.
Lavy had three goals and four assists to lead the way. Jack Yoder and Nick Honeycutt each added two goals, Andrew Dilts had a goal and an assist, Kyle Demido had a goal and Rhett Gipe and Seth Courtney each had an assist.
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