The Pettisville volleyball team, ranked 14th in last week’s Division IV Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association poll, suffered its first loss of the season.
The Birds visited Stryker, Tuesday, Sept. 14, for a Buckeye Border Conference battle. The Birds won the first two games 25-22, 25-13, but then Stryker won three straight, 25-20, 26-24, 15-11.
PHS came back, Thursday, Sept. 16 against Fayette with a 25-7, 25-18, 25-12 BBC victory.
Pettisville is 9-1, 2-1 BBC.
Stryker Def. PHS
22-25, 13-25, 25-20, 26-24,
“We knew it would be a competitive game going into it,” said John Horning, PHS head coach. “We certainly had opportunities to get the win, but Stryker played scrappy defense and played really well down the stretch.
“We want to get better, and this will only serve as more motivation to do so.
“I am proud of the girls and their strong start to this season. I am excited to see how we will rebound from this.”
Natalie Hubby led the PHS attack with 14 kills. Stephanie Yoder had 11 kills and two solo blocks; Katie Yoder had 10 kills and two solo blocks.
Tessa Yoder, K. Yoder, and Stacey King each served three aces, accounting for nine of the team’s 14 aces.
Laura Rupp was 45/46 in setting; T. Yoder was 38/38.
As a team, PHS was 92/106 in serving, 58/72 in serve reception, 101/102 in setting, and 126/152 in attacks with 44 kills.
The Blackbird junior varsity won 25-10, 25-16.
PHS def. Fayette
25-7, 25-18, 25-12
Pettisville jumped out to a 20-5 lead in the first game before winning 25-7.
The Birds led 14-8 in the second game, but the Eagles clawed their way back to within three, 16-13.
A Laura Rupp kill at game point gave PHS the secondgame victory.
PHS was ahead 20-10 in the third game when Danni Keefer, FHS head coach, called a time-out. The Birds led 23-12 when Rupp’s kill landed on the line and Hubby blocked a spike by Leah Brinegar at match point.
“The girls came out focused and played solid,” said Horning. “We really controlled the ball and tempo of the match.”
K. Yoder, S. Yoder, and Hubby each recorded six kills. Rupp served seven aces; King served four; Lauren Frey and K. Yoder each served three.
The Birds also won the JV contest, 24-13, 25-18.
PHS freshman volleyball results:
Edgerton def. Pettisville 25-8, 25-18, Thursday, Sept. 9.
Liberty Center def. Pettisville 21-25, 25-6, 26-24; Wauseon def. Pettisville 25- 17, 25-8; Eastwood def. Pettisville 25-15, 25-11, Saturday, Sept. 11.
Archbold def. Pettisville (0-7) 25-12, 25-11, Monday, Sept. 13.