Archbold, OH

Evergreen Beats Streaks To Win League Volleyball Title

Two teams entered the Thursday, Oct. 9 Northwest Ohio Athletic League volleyball match with undefeated league records.

One team left undefeated in the league championship: Evergreen.

Archbold and the Vikings were both 7-0 in the league entering the 2008 NWOAL season finale…just like last year.

Unlike last year, the Vikes came out on top to win the title.

Archbold won the first two games, 25-22, 25-12, and was at match point in the third game, 24-23. But the Vikings came back to win: 29-27, and the fourth: 25-22.

Evergreen’s Mackenzie Pinkelman finished off the Streaks with a kill on the last point in the fifth and deciding game for a 15-11 victory.

To set up the exciting final regular-season match, both teams had to win league matches on Tuesday, Oct. 7, which they did. The Streaks beat Liberty Center 25-23, 28-26, 23-25, 25-14, while the Vikings (15-3, 8-0 NWOAL) beat Wauseon 25- 13, 25-15, 25-22.

AHS finished the regular season with a 14-8 record, 7-1 NWOAL.

AHS Def. LC 25-23, 28-26, 23-25, 25-14

Devin Newman served three aces and Alyssa Schaub, one, as the Streaks were 92/101 in serving. Emily Snyder had 16 kills and one solo block. Hailey Galvan had 11 kills; Newman had nine; Stacy Wyse and Melinda Sauder each had five; and Schaub had four.

Wyse was 101/101 in setting. Schaub had 31 digs; Newman had 23; and Andrea Allan had 21.

Evergreen Def. AHS 23-25, 12-25, 29-27, 25-22, 15-11

The Vikings jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first game, but then Archbold gained the momentum and outscored the Vikes 13-4 to tie the score at 14.

The score was tied again at 18, 20, and 22 before Snyder’s kill gave AHS a 23-22 lead. At match point, 24-22, the Vikings thought they had a kill, but a player was ruled to have stepped over the line, giving the Streaks the first-game victory.

AHS took control in the second game, jumping out to a 15- 3 lead. The closest Evergreen came was 10 points, at 21-11. A kill by Galvan ended the game, giving AHS a 2-0 lead.

The third game stayed close throughout, with neither team leading by more than five points.

Galvin’s kill gave Archbold a 23-20 lead, and when Mackenzie Pinkelman’s spike went out, Archbold was at match point, 24-21.

Evergreen clawed its way back to a tie at 24, and led 25- 24 when another Galvan kill tied the score at 25.

EHS took a 26-25 lead, but the Streaks blocked Blair Bohland’s spike to tie it again at 26.

A Taylor Langenderfer kill once again put the Vikes at game point, but Snyder came right back for a kill and a tie at 27.

Archbold’s luck ran out, though, as kills by Cassie Babcock and Pinkelman gave Evergreen the game.

Evergreen had an 18-13 lead in the fourth game when Pinkelman served into the net. A Schaub kill closed the gap to 15-18.

Two EHS errors- Bohland’s spike into the net and a net violation by Langenderfer- brought Archbold to within one, 17-18.

After a Viking time-out, Evergreen came back with a kill to get the serve back.

Babcock’s spike into the net brought Archbold to within one, 22-23, and Evergreen called another time-out. A Pinkelman kill in Archbold’s back court took the Vikes to game point, 24-22.

Newman’s spike was blocked at the net, giving EHS the game, 25-22, and sending the nailbiter to a fifth game.

Evergreen led the entire way in the final game. Leading 13- 10, the Vikings put themselves at match point, 14-10, when Pinkelman split the back row defenders with a kill.

Galvan came back with a kill to bring AHS within three, 14- 11.

But Pinkelman finished the match and the Streaks with a kill to win the deciding game 15-11.

Snyder had 13 kills and three solo blocks. Galvan had 11 kills.

As a team the Streaks had 98 digs and were 107/111 in serving and 163/189 in attacks.


Archbold and Evergreen could be in for a rematch in the district semifinal if they win their Division III sectional tournament games.

The Streaks, seeded second, play Montpelier, tonight, Wednesday, 6 p.m. at AHS in a sectional semifinal. Liberty Center plays Swanton in the nightcap.

Tonight’s winners play in a sectional final, Saturday, Oct. 18, after top-seeded Evergreen plays last night’s Delta-Tinora winner at 6 p.m.

Saturday winners play in the district semifinal, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. at AHS.

The winner advances to the district final, Saturday, Oct. 25 at Napoleon.

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