By Rob Kiser
and Josh Brown
It was a classic matchup between two of the most successful volleyball programs in the area.
So it should come as no surprise that it took five sets before Lehman emerged with a 20-25, 25-22, 25-15,19-25, 15-10 win over Miami East Monday at Lehman Catholic High School.
Both programs have never hesitated to play the best in order to get better as reflected by their records.
Miami East dropped to 13-8, while Lehman improved to 12-8. Between them, the two programs have combined for 11 state tournament appearances and six state titles.
“We put them on the schedule a number of years ago,” Lehman coach Greg Snipes said about it being good for both teams headed into postseason play. “You always want to play strong competition. Both these programs have played at a high level for a number of years.”
And in the race to 15 in the fifth set, it was Lehman who had the final pivotal momentum swing of the night.
After a kill by Lehman’s Olivia Lucia tied the match at 9-9, Lauren McFarland stepped to the service line and instantly fired two aces — and added one more point to give Lehman a 12-9 lead.
“Lauren (McFarland) is our best server any way,” Snipes said. “She took them out of their serve receive with those two serves.”
And it was a deficit East could not overcome.
The Vikings cut it to 12-10 on a net serve, but Reese Geise had a kill, followed by two kills from Lucia on Abby Schutt’s serve to finish off the match.
“Volleyball is a game of momentum,” Miami East coach Dan Peterson said. “And it only takes one little run like that when you are playing to 15.
“We did a nice job coming back in the fourth set. Especially after losing the third set 25-15. There have been times this season when we have left the fourth set go after losing a third set like that. That didn’t happen tonight. The kids gave a great effort. The effort is not an issue.”
For Lehman, Alexis Snipes dished out 51 assists, while Lucia had a huge match with 31 kills and nine blocks. McFarland had 10 kills, five aces and 21 digs; while Reese Geise had seven kills and Abby Schutt and Hussey had five kills each. Pyper Sharkins had nine digs.
Sophie Jacomet had 17 kills and 22 digs for East, while Nichole Hood had 11 kills and 15 digs. Ashlyn Monnin had eight kills and one ace, Lydia Conley had eight kills and three blocks and Delaney Bourelle had three kills and one ace. Gretchen Frock dished out 33 assists and Macie Schaffner added nine. Gabrielle Hawkins led the defense with 23 digs and Lauren Fisher had five digs and one assist.
Lehman will close out the regular season hosting Temple Christian Thursday and playing at Urbana Saturday, while Miami East hosts Covington Thursday to close the regular season.
COVINGTON — Milton-Union (16-5) was able to make less mistakes than Covington did Monday night, holding off the Buccaneers for a 25-17, 25-19, 25-18 victory on the road.
“The match was a story of mistakes, and Covington made more than we did,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “As a team, the Buccs hit .000 — meaning they had as many errors as they did kills. We hit .323 for the match, and in every set, we separated from them at about mid-set.
“Lots of coaching experience in this game. Lonnie Cain is a great friend of mine, and I do not like playing him. His team will always be solidly coached and dangerous. My team just made fewer mistakes than his did, and that was the match.”
Alexis Davis had eight kills, Olivia Brown had seven and Allison Freisthler and Madison Jones each had six to lead the Bulldogs, with Chloe Fogle leading the team with 15 assists and two aces.
Lilli Hamilton had 11 kills and two blocks to lead the Buccaneers (8-12), Makenna Gostomsky had five kills, an ace and six digs, Olivia Mohler had four kills, Alyssa Kimmel had one kill, three aces and six digs, Ellery Reck had 16 assists, an ace and five digs, Makenzee Maschino had seven assists, three kills, one block and 12 digs and Hillary Hoying had nine digs.
Miss. Valley 0
BRADFORD — Bradford hosted its Senior Night Monday, defeating Mississinawa Valley 29-27, 25-16, 29-27 to improve to 6-15 overall and 2-9 in the Cross County Conference.
Seniors Bianca Keener had 15 kills, four aces and two blocks and Macie Reck had 23 digs on the night. Buzz Brewer added nine kills, Cassi Mead had 22 assists and four digs, Emma Canan had an ace and seven digs and Kendall Hill had an ace and eight digs.
Other scores: Chaminade Julienne 3, Newton 1 (20-25, 25-15, 25-14, 25-14). Greeneview 3, Bethel 0 (25-20, 25-8, 25-15). Celina 3, Piqua (7-13) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-14).
* Boys Soccer
Miami East 6,
BRANDT — The Miami East boys soccer team spoiled Bethel coach Bob Hamlin’s first attempt at 400 career victories Monday night, defeating the Bees 6-1 on the road.
Conner Wilson — who set the Vikings’ single-season goal-scoring record over the weekend — had two goals and two assists, Wes Sutherly added two goals and an assist, Jakob Brunke had a goal and two assists and Aiden Waite scored a goal. Collin Gudorf made three saves in net.
Nick Schmidt scored the lone goal for the Bees (6-4-3) on an assist from Ethan Blair.
“We really did not know what hit us at the beginning of the game,” Hamlin said. “We let them just do what they wanted, and before we knew it we were down 3-0 in the first five minutes. We did not handle their transition game well during that stretch. East has some talented scorers, they were in sync tonight and we were definitely not.”
Bethel hosts Kenton Ridge Wednesday on Senior Night. Miami East, which finished the regular season 11-4, hosts Stivers in a first-round tournament game on Oct. 15.
TV South 1
WEST ALEXANDRIA — Milton-Union improved to 5-6-3 on the season Monday, holding off Twin Valley South for a 2-1 victory on the road.
Caden Hilling and Landon Bechtel each had a goal for the Bulldogs and Andrew Besecker had an assist. Goalkeeper Shane Ullery made nine saves to preserve the win.
After traveling to Carlise Tuesday, Milton-Union finishes the regular season Thursday at home against Dixie.
* Girls Soccer
Troy Christian 0,
SIDNEY — Two of the top girls soccer programs in the area fought to a draw Monday night as Troy Christian and Lehman battled to a 0-0 tie.
Eagle goalie Cara Salazar made 14 saves to keep Lehman off the board for her eighth shutout of the year, while Cavalier keeper Hannah Giguere posted her seventh shutout of the season.
After hosting Miami Valley Tuesday, Troy Christian (11-1-1) hosts Madison Thursday to close out the regular season.
Other scores: Fairmont 6, Piqua (5-6-3) 1.
Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter. Rob Kiser can be reached at (937) 451-3334.