2009-11-04 / Sports

Archbold Beats Fort Recovery In District Semi

Mindy Wyse, Archbold's libero, or defensive specialist, digs a spike in Archbold's district semifinal match against Fort Recovery.– photo by Scott Schultz       Mindy Wyse, Archbold's libero, or defensive specialist, digs a spike in Archbold's district semifinal match against Fort Recovery.– photo by Scott Schultz Archbold defeated Fort Recovery 25-23, 25-22, 18-25, 25-19, Wednesday, Oct. 28 in a Division III district semifi- nal at Napoleon.

The victory set up the district final between the Streaks and Parkway. The Panthers beat Evergreen 25- 20, 25-19, 25-17, in their district semifinal.

It was only the third time this year the Streaks needed a fourth game to put away an opponent; AHS has not played a single five-game match this season.

The score was tied at 23 in the first game when the Indians unsuccessfully blocked an Alyssa Schaub spike. A net violation gave the Streaks the first game, 25-23.

Archbold led 23-22 in the second game when Holly Brunswick’s spike went into the net. At game point, Fort Recovery returned Stacy Wyse’s serve up to the net, where Emily Snyder slammed it to the floor.

The score was tied at 15 in the third game when missed serves and Blue Streak errors helped Fort Recovery outscore AHS 10-3 for a 25- 18 win.

“I told them we needed to go back to fundamentals,” said Julie Nofziger, AHS head coach. “We weren’t passing well the third game; I thought that was part of the problem. So I just said, go back to fundamentals. When we pass well we can hit the ball.”

The Indians led once, 2- 1, in the fourth game. They didn’t string more than two straight points together until late in the game, when Archbold led 22-13. Fort Recovery closed the difference to five, 22-17, when a Hailey Galvan kill ended the run.

“We work real hard in practice at never giving the opposing team more than two points in a row, and if we do we try to change something up,” said Nofziger. “It’s just an attitude that we’re trying to work on.”

A Nicole Hurst kill put AHS at match point, 24-19, and a spiking error by Fort Recovery gave the Streaks the game and match, 25-19.

The Indians ended the season with a 14-11 record.

“We felt we matched up very well with them, and they play a lot like we do,” said Nofziger. “We worked on that in practice this week.

“We’ve got some great backup kids who challenge us as much as anybody can.”

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