The area was well represented Saturday, despite not having any of the three high school volleyball teams advance to the Final Four.
Unioto was swept in three hotly contested sets to Kettering Alter in the Division 2 Regional Championship. Adena drops a five-set battle to West Lafayette Ridgewood in the D-3 and Eastern Pike drops a three set match to Newark Catholic in D-4.
Kettering Alter 27-25, 25-17, 26-24 over Unioto
The (23-5) Shermans played close to #2 state ranked (25-3) Alter in the Division 2 Regional Final at Wilmington.
Unioto led most of the first half of Set #1, then was back-and-forth with Alter down the stretch. The Shermans let a set-point slip away at 24-23, with Alter staying alive and eventually taking a 27-25 decision. Five unforced ball handling errors hurt Unioto down the stretch of the opening set.
Alter grabbed an early lead and controlled much of Set #2, moving to a 25-17 win.
Set #3 saw Unioto get off to a quick start and had as much as a four point lead, before Alter caught-up at about 15 and battled down to the wire in a 26-24 thriller for the match win.
Alter had the upper-hand on the offensive attack, with 46-30 advantage in kills. 6'2 senior Natalie Seiler led the way with 16 kills while Maddie Bazelak added 11 kills.
Unioto was led by Alexis Overly with 11 and Halle White with 9. Emily Ward and Karee Neff led the defense with 25 & 24 digs respectively. Ward also had 2 aces, as Unioto only missed one serve for the match.
West Lafayette Ridgewood over Adena 25-18, 21-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-8
The overwhelming size of the #10 state ranked and (27-1) Ridgewood Generals was one of the factors in wearing down the (20-7) Adena Warriors in their five-set thriller at Logan High School in the Division 3 Regional Championship.
The much taller Generals were not as effective blocking the smaller Warriors players throughout the match, but the serving strength did make a difference in the end, with 13 aces.
That was clearly seen in Set #1, as with the score tied at 5-5, Ridgewood went on a 14-0 serving run and sailed to a 25-18 win.
Adena turned that around in Set #2, turning the trick on Ridgewood and seeing outside hitters Jenna Hutton and Karli Bower coming to life. Adena built a 21-15 lead, then held-on for a 25-21 win.
Set #3 saw things stay close with the score tied at 17-17, when the Warriors grabbed the lead back. Leading 21-20, Adena went on a 4-1 finish to take a 2-1 lead.
Ridgewood took the momentum early nit he fourth Set, building leads of 10-4, and 18-7, before Adena rallied to within 24-20, but fell short 25-20.
The Generals used another serving run early in Set 5 to take leads of 4-1, then Adena rallied to tie it 6-6. But, from there the match went sour for the Warriors as their serve receive continued to give them problems as Ridgewood finished on a 9-2 finish for the match victory.
6'0 sophomore Laura Crawford smoked 24 kills and had 33 digs, while also accounting for 3 serving aces. 6'1 senior Laura Frazee added 16 kills, 26 digs and 5 aces. 6'0 sophomore Allie Dobson stroked 9 kills with 5 solo blocks and Amanda Lowery added 6 kills and 3 aces. Libero Morgan McDorman also had 33 digs.
Adena's junior outside hitting tandem of Jenna Hutton and Karli Bower led their offense with 17 and 15 kills respectively. Hutton had 25 digs and Bower with 14. Junior setter Kirsten Dawson had 8 kills, 30 assists, 29 digs and 2 aces.
The lone Warriors senior Bridgette Scaggs had 8 kills, 1 block and 7 digs. Freshman Devon Putnam had 8 digs and an ace. Freshman middle hitter Carissa Poehler had 8 kills. Natalie Jones had 12 digs and 3 aces. Freshman libero Carly Carroll had 22 digs.
Newark Catholic sweeps Eastern Pike 25-19, 25-16, 25-19
The Eastern Pike Eagles will not make a return trip the State Final Four, falling in straight sets to state powerhouse Newark Catholic in the Division 4 Regional Final at Lancaster High School.