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PHS Volleyball Finishes Regular Season 11-11




Emily Kauffman winds up to serve.– photo by Mary Huber

Emily Kauffman winds up to serve.– photo by Mary Huber

Pettisville defeated Stryker but lost to Edon and Swanton last week to finished the regular season in volleyball with an 11-11 record, 7-3 in the Buckeye Border Conference.

The Birds started the week with a 25-21, 25-17, 29-27 BBC victory, Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Stryker.

PHS hosted Edon, Thursday, Oct. 11. The Blue Bombers defeated the Birds 25-14, 25-17, 21-25, 25-13, to win the BBC with a perfect 10-0 mark and go 19-3 overall.

Pettisville ended the regular season with a road trip to Swanton, Saturday, Oct. 13. The Bulldogs won 17-25, 25- 19, 20-25, 25-22, 15-2.

PHS Def. Stryker
25-21, 25-17, 29-27

Ashlyn Waidelich had nine kills and two aces, while Emily Hubby had eight kills, seven aces, and 17 assists.

Dana Fricke had six kills, and Jordyn Pursel had four kills and two aces. Emily

Kauffman had two aces, while Claire Fry had 12 assists.

The Birds had 15 aces but 17 service errors. They were 36-43 in serve reception, 77- 78 in setting, and 65-81 in attacks with 31 kills.

The Pettisville junior varsity won 25-10, 25-10.

Edon Def. PHS
25-14, 25-17, 21-25, 25-13

Edon jumped out to a 13- 5 lead in the first game and never looked back as Edon senior Sydney Stoll took charge.

The Birds came within seven, down 19-12, but the Blue Bombers went on to win 25-14.

Once again in the second game Edon got a 13-5 lead and PHS couldn’t quite come back.

PHS got within four, down 17-13, but couldn’t get back far enough to tie the score, and Edon won 25-17.

“For whatever reason, we were tense coming out tonight,” said John Horning, PHS head coach. “We struggled.”

The Birds came out a different team in the third game. After the score was tied at 8, an Ashlynn Waidelich kill gave PHS the lead for good.

The Blackbirds led 21-14 when Edon started to make a comeback on some unforced PHS errors. The Bombers closed within three, 23-20, when Horning called a timeout.

Stoll’s tip at the net got Edon within two, 23-21, but a tip and kill by Hubby gave PHS the third game 25-21.

“I’m real proud how we came out in that third game,” said Horning.

“Coach Dorosz (Horning’s assistant coach) talked about being the better team and thinking that we had the potential to push them to the limit” in the huddle.

“I came in, not knowing what she’d said, to say, ‘We’ve gotta go five now. We’ve gotta play better, we’ve gotta let go.’

“We kind of relaxed a little bit, we talked a little bit more, we moved a little bit quicker, chemistry was better at the net. We definitely passed better that third game, which I think led to a lot of good things at the net.”

The score was tied at 11 in the fourth game when Edon went on an 8-0 run for a 19-11 lead, and the Birds couldn’t come back.

“I thought we started out the fourth game well, and then we just ran into a buzz saw a little bit, and got stuck on our serve receive,” said Horning. “We just dug too big of a hole.

“I think we just lost a little bit of our drive there in middle of that fourth game and we just couldn’t get it back.”

Hubby ended with 15 kills and 22 assists. Waidelich had 13 kills.

Once again serving errors plagued PHS, as the Birds had 12 serves go into the net or sail out of bounds.

Fry had 20 assists. Fricke had six kills, and Pursel had five.

The Blackbird JV won 25- 10, 25-23.

Swanton Def. PHS

17-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 15-2

Waidelich had 14 kills and four aces; Hubby had 12 kills, 24 assists, and two aces, Pursel had 10 kills and two aces, Fricke had nine kills, and Fry had 13 assists in Pettisville’s non-league loss at Swanton.

The Birds were 74-88 in serving with 11 aces, 63-80 in serve reception, 114-118 in setting, and 113-142 in attacks with 48 kills.

The PHS JV team ended its season with an 18-4 record with a 25-14, 25-18 victory.

Sectional

Pettisville was scheduled to play Stryker last night, Tuesday, in a Division IV sectional semifinal at Archbold.

The winner plays topseeded Toledo Christian, Saturday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m., for a sectional title and a berth in the district tournament at Defiance, Tuesday, Oct. 23.


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