The Pettisville volleyball team (12-10) got ready for this week’s Division IV sectional tournament by winning three of four matches last week.
The Birds won both ends of a tri-match with Fostoria and Swanton, Saturday, Oct. 13. PHS beat Fostoria 25-21, 22- 25, 25-20 in the first match, and finished the day with a 25-19, 25-18 defeat of the Bulldogs.
Pettisville finished its Buckeye Border Conference season with a 25-22, 25-16, 25-21 defeat of Hilltop, Thursday, Oct. 11. The Birds ended with a 7-3 BBC record.
PHS started the week with a 17-25, 18-25, 15-25 BBC loss to Edon, Tuesday, Oct. 9.
PHS Def. Swanton 25-19, 25-18
The Birds started slow, getting down 13-6 when Katie Weber stepped up to serve. Weber sparked PHS and turned a seven point deficit into an 18-13 advantage before the Birds lost the serve.
The run included back-toback kills by Chelsea Schmucker, a kill and back-to-back blocks by Jessica Henrie, and several errors by the Bulldogs.
A kill by Weber at game point gave PHS the first game.
PHS again started slow in the second game, getting down 5-1. With the Bulldogs leading 9-6 Weber again stepped up to the serving line and served all the way to a 16-9 lead. Schmucker smashed a kill and followed with another to give PHS two points in the run.
With PHS leading 23-14 Haley Nofziger found a hole in Swanton’s defense for a kill, and a Swanton error at match point gave Pettisville the victory.
“I told them I had never seen a match like this,” said John Horning, PHS coach. “Both games we started slow. We got to one set rotation and then we came to life and not only made up the deficit but got six-seven points ahead.
“We got excited, we talked, we played with confidence and we put the ball in the court.
“We had nice, good defense today, good sets, and our hitters were aggressive, not only in hitting hard but tipping to the open spots.
“Chelsea (Schmucker) had a couple of nice kills. We’ve been waiting for that. For being a sophomore, she’s done a great job. She works extremely hard; all the girls do.
“Jessica Henrie played a great, great net game with Swanton, and that was part of that rotation that was successful. She got a lot of touches and blocks at the net that I think frustrated them.
The PHS junior varsity beat Swanton in two games.
PHS Def. Fostoria 25-21, 22-25, 25-20
“We didn’t serve well. We missed 13 serves in the match. We were fortunate” to win, said Horning.
Karina Rohrer-Meck was 80/80 in setting.
“Karina played a smart floor game with our hitters,” said Horning.
Pettisville was 91/102 in attacks, and was led by Schmucker with 11 kills and Weber with 10.
“We had some good swings, which momentum-wise got us going,” said Horning. “We just kind of hung tough with their hits, got the occasional break and used it.
“I’m very happy with today. Katie (Weber) swung well all day. Haley (Nofziger) swung well…we just had a nice complete day. Everyone seemed to jell in those last two games with Swanton.”
The Fostoria JV beat PHS in three games.
PHS Def. Hilltop 25-22, 25-16, 25-21
Pettisville missed 11 serves but still came out on top.
Nofziger had four aces, four blocks and eight kills; Henrie had three blocks; and Weber had eight kills in the victory.
The PHS JV won in two games.
Edon Def. PHS 25-17, 25-18, 25-15
Edon avenged an earlierseason loss to the Birds with a three-game win.
Jodi Spotts led PHS with eight attacks, while Henrie had two blocks and Nofziger, one and one ace. Rohrer-Meck had two aces and was 56/56 in setting.
The Edon JV defeated PHS in two games.