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Pettisville Volleyball Wins Four Of Five

The Pettisville volleyball team was busy last week, playing five matches and winning four.

The Birds opened the week with a 25-20, 25-20, 25-12 victory over Rossford, Monday, Sept. 15.

They traveled to Fayette, Tuesday, Sept. 16, and came home with a 25-8, 25-22, 25- 22 Buckeye Border Conference win.

North Central visited the Bird Cage, Thursday, Sept. 18. Pettisville upped its BBC record to 4-0 with a 25-11, 25-13, 25-13 victory.

PHS went on the road to Liberty Center, Saturday, Sept. 20 for a tri-meet with the Tigers and Edgerton.

Liberty Center upped its record to 8-3 with a 25-9, 25-19 defeat of the Blackbirds. PHS came back in its second match, however, and defeated the Bulldogs 25-23, 25-20 to up its record to 8-4.

“The girls have improved game by game,” said John Horning, PHS coach, after the North Central victory. “The wins we have haven’t always been as solid as we would’ve liked, but we finished some teams off that we needed to.

“The games we’ve lost were against, I feel, some pretty good competition. Columbus Grove is good (ranked eighth in the state in Division III), Delta, I think, is a nice squad, Wauseon’s a good squad. In all three, we battled as much as we could, and scores were tight.

“For them to reach the goals they have, there needs to be a little more consistency, and quicker adjustments on the court on certain plays.

“As far as work ethic, the girls have been outstanding. They’ve worked hard since day one.

“From an experience standpoint the girls have really superseded my expectations as far as knowing what to do. It’s just a matter of doing it more consistently.”

PHS Def. Rossford 25-20, 25-20, 25-12

Katie Weber led the Birds with nine kills; she was 20/22 in attacks. Haley Nofziger had six kills, four solo blocks, and two aces; Stephanie Yoder had five kills and two solo blocks.

Chelsea Schmucker had three kills and was 15/15 in serving, including two aces. Lauren Bontrager had four aces and was 14/14 in serving.

Others serving two aces each were Tessa Yoder and Karina Rohrer-Meck. Rohrer-Meck was 54/54 in setting.

PHS Def. Fayette 25-8, 25-22, 25-22

Schmucker and S. Yoder each had seven kills; Weber and Nofziger each had five. Nofziger also had six solo blocks and served two aces. T. Yoder had two aces and was 19/20 in setting. Rohrer-Meck was 38/38 in setting.

PHS Def. North Central 25-11, 25-13, 25-13

The Birds jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the opening game. North Central scored three straight points to close to within seven at 16-9, but long serves throughout the match repeatedly gave the serve back to PHS.

The Birds closed the first game when the serve of NC’s Kendra Ely went into the net at game point.

PHS jumped out to a huge advantage in the second game, leading 18-7. Two double blocks by Nofziger and Schmucker, followed by a Nofziger solo block, upped Pettisville’s advantage to 23-10. A mis-hit spike by NC’s Alicia Landis ended the second game with a 12-point PHS win.

PHS had a 20-8 lead in the third game when the Eagles called a time-out.

Serving for the match at 24- 11, Pettisville’s serve went into the net. Morgan Bunting served two straight aces to close NC to 24-13, but the game and match ended on an Eagle error.

Schmucker had seven kills, four aces, and two solo blocks. Weber had five aces and two kills; Nofziger had five solo blocks, two aces, and two kills.

Rohrer-Meck and T. Yoder each served three aces. Rohrer- Meck was 24/24 in setting; T. Yoder was 20/23.

LC Def. PHS 25-9, 25-19

Weber had six kills; S. Yoder had five. T. Yoder was 30/31 in setting; Rohrer-Meck was 31/33.

The Birds were 38/43 in serve reception and 44/51 in passing.

PHS Def. Edgerton 25-23, 25-20

Mackenzie Nofziger had three aces, while Schmucker and H. Nofziger each had eight kills. Nofziger also had four solo blocks.

Weber had five kills; S. Yoder had four.

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