The Pettisville volleyball team kept its record unblemished at 8-0 and won the Kalida Varsity Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 11.
The Birds opened the tournament with a 25-19, 25-18 victory over Lima Bath. It took three games in the second match, but the Birds advanced to the championship match with a 25-20, 18-25, 25-15 win over Delphos St. John’s.
PHS played the host Wildcats for the championship, and once again it came down to a deciding third game. Pettisville won the first game 25-22, but Kalida took the second, 25-7. The Birds won the title with a 25-20 third-game victory.
School officials said it was possibly the first invitational the girls volleyball team has ever won. The Birds haven’t played in very many invitationals in the past,
“The girls played really well Saturday,” said John Horning, PHS head coach. “They have worked hard this season and love to compete.
“We are a well-rounded team and played solid ball in all phases of the game in Kalida.
“We faced some good competition. The girls played well enough to control the tempo of most of the games, and forced our opponents into some softer attacks and tough serve receives.
“I was very proud of our effort, mental toughness and all-around team play.”
The Birds opened the Buckeye Border Conference season with a 25-13, 25-13, 25-21 victory over Hilltop, Thursday, Sept. 9.
PHS Def. Hilltop
25-13, 25-13, 25-21
Stephanie Yoder, Laura Rupp, and Natalie Hubby each served two aces. S. Yoder had 11 kills and two solo blocks, while Hubby had eight kills and three solo blocks. Katie Yoder had seven kills.
Rupp was 37/38 in setting; Tessa Yoder was 30/30.
As a team, Pettisville was 68/74 in serving with six aces, 37/38 in serve reception, 79/80 in setting, 82/98 in attacks with 31 kills, and had 67 digs.
The PHS junior varsity team won 25-20, 25-20.
Rupp served three aces against Lima Bath while Kylee Garcia, Hubby, and Lauren Frey each served two. K. Yoder had nine kills; Stacey King and Hubby each had four.
In the match with Delphos St. John’s, K, Yoder served six aces and had 14 digs. Garcia served four aces, while Hubby served three. Hubby had nine kills; K. Yoder had six. T. Yoder, Rupp, and King each had three.
K. Yoder had eight kills in the championship match against Kalida. Garcia had five and Hubby had four. T. Yoder and King each served two aces. Hubby had two solo blocks; King had one.
The JV team played in the Archbold JV Tournament, Saturday, Sept. 11.
The Birds defeated Delta 25-17, 25-14, but lost to Eastwood 22-25, 13-25 and Ayersville 15-25, 25-15, 19- 25.