By Josh Brown
TROY — The Troy volleyball team had 53 straight Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division victories entering Thursday’s play.
In their second meeting last year, though, Tippecanoe battled the Trojans to five sets and nearly snapped that streak.
And even though the Trojans swept the Red Devils in Thursday matchup at the Trojan Activities Center, winning 25-19, 25-19, 25-23, both teams showed why they’re where they are, with Troy trying to win its seventh straight division title and with Tippecanoe as the No. 1 contender.
For Troy (5-0, 4-0 GWOC American North), Lauren Schmitz led the way with 13 kills, six digs and four blocks, Brianna Slusher had 10 kills, a dig and three blocks and Carly Pfieffer had seven kills, a dig and two blocks.
Morgan Baber had 33 assists, three kills, three aces, five digs and a block and Alexa Holland led the defense with 14 digs.
“It was a super intense game on both sides,” Troy coach Michelle Owen said. “In the first set we were down four, but at about point 17 Lauren served us into a good place and we finally got our defensive game going. In Set 2, we did a better job of controlling the tempo, and Set 3 was just a war, a battle until the end.
“Give credit to our girls. Our passers really stepped up, our hitters came up with big plays when we needed them and our blocking game really improved. I’m proud of the girls.”
For Tippecanoe (4-1, 3-1 GWOC American North), Izzy Crow had 30 assists, two aces and two blocks, Rachel Wildermuth had 12 kills, three blocks and two aces, Brooke Aselage had eight kills, three blocks, 12 digs and two aces, Abby Hughes had 14 digs and Corinn Siefring had 10 digs.
“The kill battle was very close, but they received serve better than us and did a better job defensively,” Tippecanoe coach Howard Garcia said. “Still, lots of improvements against a very disciplined team. Loved our energy tonight.”
Preble Shawnee 0
CAMDEN — Milton-Union (4-1, 3-0 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) remained tied with Waynesville atop the division standings after Thursday’s match, a 25-17, 25-18, 25-21 sweep at Preble Shawnee.
Lex Davis had nine kills, Olivia Brown added six kills and Allison Freisthler and Chloe Fogle both had five.
“This team tends to start well,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “We’ve been able to establish early leads and then keep our distance from other teams.”
Miami East 3,
CASSTOWN — Miami East improved to 3-3 on the season and kept its Cross County Conference winning streak going at 2-0 this season with a 25-7, 25-18, 25-8 sweep of Ansonia Thursday.
Lydia Conley had eight kills and two blocks, Nichole Hood had eight kills, an ace and 12 digs and Delaney Bourelle had six kills, an ace and a block to lead the Vikings. Sophie Jacomet added five kills, two aces and 16 digs, Ashlyn Monnin had four kills, an ace and a dig, Macie Schaffner had 17 assists, two aces and five digs, Gabrielle Hawkins had two assists and 34 digs, Gretchen Frock had six assists and Lauren Fisher had three digs.
BRANDT — The Covington Buccaneers (0-4, 0-1 Cross County Conference) opened league play with a loss at Bethel Thursday night, falling 25-17, 28-26, 25-21.
“Bethel is much improved from last season, and I was impressed with their energy and overall skill level on the floor,” Covington coach Lonnie Cain said. “We need to match the energy of our opponent and stop worrying about our mistakes.”
Ellery Reck had 15 assists and two kills, Makenzee Maschino had eight assists, a kill and an ace, Alyssa Kimmel had four kills and an ace, Lilli Hamilton had 16 kills and a block, Makenna Gostomsky had four kills, Olivia Mohler had two kills, Maci White had two aces and Tori Quinter had an ace.
Other scores: Elgin 3, Lehman 1 (15-25, 30-28, 25-22, 25-19).
* Boys Soccer
RIVERSIDE — The Troy boys soccer team won its third straight and had its highest offensive output of the young season Thursday, shutting out Stebbins 7-0 on the road in Greater Western Ohio Conference American League crossover play.
For the Trojans (3-1, 2-0 GWOC American North Division), Jon Hipolito and Connor Hubbell each had two goals, Elijah Williams had a goal and an assist, Bailey Webb and Kasheen Perdue each had a goal and Alex Bridge and Sam Kazmaier each had an assist.
Troy Christian 7,
Legacy Christian 1
TROY — Troy Christian improved to 3-0 on the season and opened Metro Buckeye Conference play at 1-0 Thursday night, defeating Legacy Christian 7-1.
Tristan Miller had two goals and three assists, Jalen Hudgins scored two goals and Grant Conklin, Connor Peters and Preston Lair each had a goal.
Miami East 4,
CASSTOWN — Miami East took care of business in Cross County Conference play Thursday night, defeating Newton 4-1 at home.
Conner Wilson had three goals for the Vikings, while Wes Sutherly added a score on a penalty kick. Sutherly, Quentin Shoemaker and Parker Heim each had an assist.
Tristan Stewart had Newton’s only goal on an assist from Dillon Koble.
TV South 1
WEST ALEXANDRIA — Bethel (3-1) overcame a slow start Thursday, knocking off Twin Valley South on the road 3-1.
Nick Schmidt scored two goals and Cannon Dakin had one for the Bees, while Micah Mutlu, Ethan Blair and Evan Hart each had an assist.
“We did not start the game very well at all tonight, and it took us a while to get going,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “Just not in sync at all. I thought the second half we made a couple of adjustments and played much better.”
FAIRBORN — The Tippecanoe Red Devils (3-0, 2-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) had little trouble at Fairborn Thursday, routing the Skyhawks 7-0 in GWOC American League crossover play.
Andrew Baileys had three goals, Jake Rowland had a goal and an assist, Michael Pfister, Corey Abney and Blake Heeley each had a goal and Hunter McGraw, Eli Hadden and Evan Stonerock each had an assist.
Other scores: Milton-Union (2-0-2, 2-0-1 SWBL Buckeye) 8, Preble Shawnee 0. Xenia 3, Piqua (2-3-1, 2-1 GWOC American North) 0.
* Girls Soccer
Miami East 2,
CASSTOWN — The Miami East girls soccer team held off rival Newton in a key Cross County Conference showdown Thursday night, winning 2-1.
Cassidy Walker had a goal and an assist and Paxton Hunley had a goal for the Vikings.
Michaela Kirk had the long goal for the Indians, cashing in a penalty kick.
Preble Shawnee 1
CAMDEN — Milton-Union (5-0, 3-0 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) won its fifth straight to begin the season, defeating Preble Shawnee 3-1 on the road to remain tied with Waynesville atop the division standings.
Aulbrey Hergenrather gave the Bulldogs the lead on an assist from Emily Hornberger, but Preble Shawnee evened up the score. Morgan Grudich then scored a pair of goals to put the match away, one on an assist from Kristen Dickison and the other from Madelyn Johnson.
Other scores: Bethel 4, Twin Valley South 3.
West Carrollton 0
TROY — The Troy tennis team (7-1, 4-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) didn’t drop a game on any court Thursday, defeating West Carrollton 5-0 in GWOC American League crossover play.
Katie Sherrick, Hailey Taylor and Mackenzie Nosker all won matches at singles, while the first doubles team of Cady Rhea and Kit Wolke and the second doubles team of Esha Patel and Ainsley Savard added wins.
NEW LEBANON — Milton-Union (7-3, 3-0 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) remained undefeated in league play Thursday with a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Dixie.
At first singles, Meredith Fitch won. At second singles, Taylor Falb won 6-1, 6-1. At third singles, Hannah Fugate won 6-1, 6-0.
At first doubles, Emma Lehman and Madison Silveira lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. At second doubles, Amelia Black and Paige Barnes lost 6-2, 6-3.
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe (8-1, 4-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) took care of a short-handed Trotwood team Thursday in GWOC American League crossover play, winning 5-0.
At first singles, Amelia Zweizig won 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Dakota Schroeder won 6-0, 6-0. At first doubles, Camillah Jones and Rainey Messinger won 6-0, 6-0. Trotwood forfeitted both third singles and second doubles.
Other scores: Piqua (4-2, 3-0 GWOC American North) 3, Fairborn 2.
* Girls Golf
TROY — The Troy girls golf team continued to make big strides on Thursday, shooting another season-low total in a 187-201 victory over Chaminade Julienne at Miami Shores.
Paige Stuchell was the individual medalist on the day for the Trojans (4-3), shooting a 42. Lauren Garlow shot 45, Camryn Spencer shot 47 and Riley Johnson, Delaney Davis and Libby Harnish all shot 53.
Miami East 219
ARCANUM — Miami East fell to 3-3 overall and 0-3 in the Cross County Conference with a narrow 218-219 loss at Arcanum Thursday.
Paige Lawson shot 49 to lead the Vikings, Kearsten Kirby shot 54, Maci Krites shot 56 and Marissa Kearns shot 60.
Other scores: National Trail 184, Bethel 223.
* Boys Golf
ARCANUM — The Newton boys golf team remained unbeaten in Cross County Conference play Thursday with a 166-210 victory over Tri-Village.
Chet Jamison led the Indians with a 37, Ross Ferrell shot 42, Kleyson Wehrley shot 43, Nate Zielinski shot 44, Ryan Mollette shot 45 and Brotton Schauer shot 50.
Miami East 186
ARCANUM — Miami East fell to 3-1 on the season Thursday, falling to a solid Arcanum team 178-186.
Sam Zapadka led the Vikings with a 39 to claim medalist honors. Cooper Elleman shot 47, Tyler Fetters and Andy Bevan both shot 50, Keegan Mahaney shot 51 and Kyle Fetters shot 54.
Miss. Valley 221,
BRADFORD — The Bradford Railroaders dropped a close Cross County Conference match against Mississinawa Valley Thursday, falling 221-222.
Keaton Mead was medalist for Bradford with a 46 and Joey Brussel added a 54.
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