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Blue Streaks Earn Share Of NWOAL Volleyball Title




Rachel Brader (13) and Cayla Walker (12) attempt to block a Kidron spiker in the Streak Spiketacular, Saturday, Sept. 29. Archbold earned at least a share of its 22nd NWOAL title with an Oct. 4 victory at Evergreen.– photo by Mary Huber

Rachel Brader (13) and Cayla Walker (12) attempt to block a Kidron spiker in the Streak Spiketacular, Saturday, Sept. 29. Archbold earned at least a share of its 22nd NWOAL title with an Oct. 4 victory at Evergreen.– photo by Mary Huber

Archbold earned at least a share of its 22nd Northwest Ohio Athletic League title last week with a 25-13, 25- 27, 25-17, 25-19 victory at Evergreen, Thursday, Oct. 4.

The Streaks, 7-0 in the NWOAL and ranked 10th in Division III in the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association state poll, were scheduled to play Bryan last night, Tuesday, for the outright championship, which would be Archbold’s 20th.

The Golden Bears are 6- 1 in the league after losing to Patrick Henry last week. They haven’t played for a league title since 1991.

“It is always an accomplishment to win the league,” said Kylie Rufenacht, AHS head coach.

“Knowing that Archbold has won the league 22 times says a lot about the great tradition of the Archbold volleyball program. These girls worked hard this year, and I am very proud of them and their accomplishments.”

Jenny Lehman led the Streaks with 19 of the team’s 44 kills, two aces, and three solo blocks. Becca Gerig had nine kills and two aces, Darian Oberlin had seven kills, and Cayla Walker had four kills and two aces.

Taylor Coressel had 18 assists while Desi Newman had 14 and three solo blocks.

“It was definitely a defensive battle,” said Rufenacht.

“Evergreen did not let many balls hit the floor, and their libero covered the floor well. We were able to make some adjustments, and the girls really responded well to find the momentum we needed to finish strong.”

The Archbold junior varsity won 25-13, 25-20.

AHS Def. Rossford
25-8, 25-8
AHS Def. Start
25-11, 25-8

The Streaks hosted a trimatch with Rossford and Start, Saturday, Oct. 6, and defeated both in two games.

AHS had 26 kills against Rossford. Lehman again led the Streaks with nine, followed by Gerig with five and Oberlin with four. Newman and Walker each had three, and Rachel Brader had two.

Coressel served five of the team’s 10 aces; Walker served three. Coressel had 12 assists, and Newman had nine. Oberlin had two solo blocks.

The Archbold JV team defeated Rossford in two games.

Lehman and Oberlin each had six kills against Start, while Newman had three. Gerig and Paige Peterson each had two; Walker and Brader each had one.

Oberlin served five aces, while Coressel had three and Newman had two. Coressel had 13 assists.

The Blue Streak JV beat Start in two games.


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