Two years ago, Evergreen won the Northwest Ohio Athletic League volleyball crown when the Vikings defeated Archbold in the final match of the regular season.
Last year, the Streaks returned the favor, beating the Vikes in the final match of the regular season to finish 22-0, 8-0 in the NWOAL.
This year, Archbold opened its season with the league match against Evergreen, but with injuries and only three returning letterwinners– one of whom is injured– the Streaks lost, 25- 21, 17-25, 18-25, 20-25.
The team has had at least five players injured, including letterwinner Alyssa Schaub, a left outside hitter who received honorable mention honors in the league last year.
The senior has a severely sprained ankle.
“Serve receive we’re struggling with,” said Dale Grime, co-head coach. “We just can’t get the combination of people that I need. Right now I’ve got different people being out injured, so people are moving around.
“Offensively, the first game I thought we came out really aggressive, and went right after them,” said Grime. “The second, third, and fourth games we backed down a little bit.”
The first game was tied at 8 when Archbold took the lead for good on a Viking net violation. After Kelsey Hicks, EHS head coach, called a time-out, the Streaks came out and scored four straight points for a 13-8 lead before getting a side out.
The largest lead of the game was 15-9, when a Viking spike went into the net.
Archbold led 17-12 at one point, but Evergreen clawed back to within one, 22-21. Alyssa Gobrogge’s kill gave AHS a 23-21 lead, and a Nicole Hurst ace put the Streaks at game point, 24- 21.
Evergreen’s Alex Shock was called for two hits on the next play, giving AHS the first game 25-21.
The Vikings jumped out to a 14-5 lead in the second game. Archbold came within seven, 23-16, but the Vikings won 25-17.
The score was tied at 12 in the third game when Evergreen took the lead for good. The Vikes scored the next five straight points for a 17- 12 lead, and went on to win 25-18.
The fourth game stayed tight throughout, and the score was tied at 19 when Evergreen’s Lauren Langenderfer hit a kill for a 20-19 lead. After an Archbold error gave the Vikes a 23-20 lead, Grime called a time-out to settle his girls, but Evergreen scored two straight points for the 25-20 victory.
Becca Gerig led AHS at the net with 13 kills. Nicole Hurst had nine, and Alyssa Gobrogge had six.
Sarah Wyse was 113/115 in setting.
Evergreen swept the night, winning the freshman match 25-19, 25-10, and the junior varsity match 25-17, 25-11.
Crestview Def. AHS
AHS Def. Stryker
Archbold traveled to Stryker for a tri-match with the Panthers and Crestview, Saturday, Sept. 4.
The Knights defeated the Streaks 25-20, 25-18 in the day’s second match. Hurst had seven kills, while Abby Short and Chelsea Goebel each had four. Wyse was 48-52 in setting, and Hurst served three aces; as a team, AHS was 39/41 in serving.
The Blue Streak JV team won 25-12, 25-16.
In the day’s final match, Archbold (1-2) defeated Stryker 25-20, 25-22. Hurst had seven kills; Gerig and Goebel each had four.
Wyse was 50-51 in setting. Short and Hurst each served two aces; as a team, the Streaks were 45/48 in serving.
The AHS JV team won 25- 16, 20-25, 25-17.