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AHS Volleyball Opens Season With Three Wins




The Archbold volleyball team went 3-0 the first week of the regular season.

AHS easily won the season and league opener at Montpelier, 25-11, 25-18, 25-11, Tuesday, Aug. 28.

The Streaks play a nonleague tri-match at Stryker with Crestview, Saturday, Sept. 1. The win over the Panthers took only two games, 25- 10, 25-13.

Crestview proved to be a harder challenge. After a 10-25 loss in the first game, Archbold came back fighting to win 26- 24, 25-19.
AHS Def. Crestview
10-25, 26-24, 25-19
AHS Def. Stryker
25-10, 25-13

Bad passes and hits that failed to land in Crestview’s court plagued AHS in the first game.

Dani Newman sparked the start of the second, hitting back-to-back kills for a 2-0 lead. Crestview tipped the ball out on the next play and the Streaks were ahead 3-0.

After the next seven points went to the Knights, Julie Nofziger, AHS head coach, called a time-out.

Crestview kept the lead until the last part of the game. Adi Lange spiked the ball hard, causing the Crestview blocker to make an error at 16-21. AHS then blocked a Knight hit and the momentum had swung.

Lange tied the score at 22 with a hard kill, and with yet another kill, Lange tied the score again at 23. Lange served an ace to give AHS a 25-24 lead. Devin Newman tipped the ball on game point to win 26-24.

Lauren Kern served an ace to start the deciding game.

The Blue Streaks showed their strength in the front row as Lange, Kern and Emily Snyder hit three straight kills for a 7-5 lead.

Dani Newman also hit two kills close to each other for a 12-10 advantage.

Crestview took a 19-18 lead with an ace, and the Streaks called a time-out. Dani Newman hit two kills right after.

The Knights hit a kill to lead 22-19, but it was the last time they scored. Snyder scored match point when she blocked a Crestview spike.

Nofziger showed her team’s depth against Stryker, playing everyone in the two-game match.

Dani Newman, a senior, led all attackers with 10 of Archbold’s 22 kills.

AHS setters were nearly perfect, with only one error. The passing had only three errors in 27 passes.

Archbold newcomer Molly Arnold, a junior, showed her skills at the serving line, serving four aces in the last five points.

“We came out very well against Stryker, but had a big letdown with Crestview,” said Nofziger. “We didn’t react well to their offense at first, but were able to come back and win games two and three.”
AHS Def. Montpelier
25-11, 25-18, 25-11

The Streaks dug up 60 spikes. Dani Newman and Lange led the team with 15 and 10, respectively.

Lange led AHS with nine kills, followed with Dani Newman and Snyder, each with six.

Archbold’s main setter, Stacy Wyse, set 22 perfect balls out of 69 in the entire match.

“A good first outing,” said Nofziger. “We struggled the first few points of each game, but put it together with some strong and consistent serves and attacks.”


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