Archbold (22-2) advanced to the Division III district volleyball final at Napoleon with a 25-19, 21-25, 25-12, 25-13 semifinal victory over Elmwood, Wednesday, Oct. 24.
The score was even at 18 in the first game when Elmwood (15-8) was called for a net violation, giving the Streaks the lead for good. Becca Gerig had two straight kills for a 21-18 lead, and the Royals called a time-out.
Jenny Lehman gave AHS a 22-18 lead with an ace, and Madison Arnold’s spike went into the net for Elmwood, taking the gap to 23-18.
A serving error gave Elmwood its final point.
The Royals were called for four hits on the next play, and at game point Arnold’s spike went too long for a 25- 19 Blue Streak victory.
The second game remained close throughout, just like the first game but with a different outcome.
Archbold led 17-13, but the Royals scored four straight points to tie the score.
After Elmwood again tied the score at 19 and 20, a spiking error by Archbold gave the Royals the lead for good as they won 25-21.
The Blue and Gold came out and took control in the third and fourth games. Elmwood was serving with Archbold leading 24-12, and Courtney Thomson’s serve went into the net, giving the game to Archbold.
The Streaks jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the fourth game and never looked back, winning 25-13.
After the first two games, “We played with a little less mistakes,” said Kylie Rufenacht, AHS head coach.
“We needed to step up and play some hustle plays and play a little defense.
“We got back on our heels a little bit. We finally got ourselves to get a big block and penetrate on the net, and that really helped our defense to step up and move on the floor.
“I thought our girls adjusted well to that and finished strong.
“A lot of times when we (come out and make a number of errors), we start playing not to lose. We had to refocus ourselves and play to win.
“That mental aspect of coming out, making sure that we’re playing every point playing to win, not going soft, and relax and get our passes off to net, and let our setters do what they need to do and our hitters do what they need to do from there.”
Gerig led AHS with 14 kills, while Lehman had 12 kills and three aces. Desi Newman had six kills, and Cayla Walker had four.
Newman and Walker each served two aces; Walker also had two solo blocks.
Newman had 25 assists; Taylor Coressel had 14. Lehman had 15 digs; Darian Oberlin had 10 and Erin Erbskorn had nine.