Archbold finished as runners up in the Golden Spike Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 22, at Springfield High School.
Newark Catholic defeated the Streaks in three games to win the title, and handed Archbold its first loss of the season in the process.
AHS, ranked 12th in Division III in this week’s Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association state poll, is 12-1 overall.
The Streaks defeated Defi ance (2-9) in five games, Monday, Sept. 17, and raised their Northwest Ohio Athletic League record to 5-0 with a three-game victory over Montpelier, Tuesday, Sept. 18.
AHS Def. Defiance 22-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-20, 15-6
Becca Gerig had 27 of Archbold’s 56 kills, while Cayla Walker served five aces and Taylor Coressel served four. Jenny Lehman served two aces and had two solo blocks.
Coressel was 52-53 in setting with 22 assists. Desi Newman was 59-59 with 21 assists.
The AHS junior varsity defeated the Bulldogs 25-21, 25-15.
AHS Def. Montpelier 25-15, 25-13, 25-10
The Locos dropped to 4-7, 0-5 NWOAL with a threegame loss in the Thunderdome.
Gerig led the way with 10 kills and three aces, while Newman had eight kills and was 56-56 in setting with 16 assists. Jenny Lehman and Darian Oberlin each had six kills. Coressel served three aces and was 47-48 in setting with 16 assists.
The Streaks won the JV contest 25-22, 19-25, 25-8.
Golden Spike AHS Def. Clay 25-18, 25-18 AHS Def. Edison 22-25, 25-18, 25-17 Newark Catholic Def. AHS 25-20, 24-26, 25-16
The Streaks opened Golden Spike tournament play with a two-game victory over Clay.
Gerig had 10 kills and Lehman had eight. Coressel was 31-31 in setting with 12 assists, and Newman was 32-33 with 13 assists.
In its second match of the day, Archbold beat Milan Edison 22-25, 25-18, 25-17. Lehman served seven of the team’s nine aces and had six kills. Gerig had 12 kills. Coressel was 56-57 in setting with 11 assists, and Newman was 52-53 with 14 assists.
The win propelled AHS into the championship match, where the Streaks faced undefeated Newark Catholic. The Green Wave, ranked third in D-IV by the OHSVCA, raised their record to 15-0 with a victory over the Streaks in three games.
Lehman led AHS with 13 kills, while Gerig had 10; the two accounted for 23 of Archbold’s 30 kills.
Coressel was 49-49 in setting with 16 assists. Newman was 34-37 with 10 assists.
Gerig and Lehman were named to the All-Tournament Team for their performances.
“It was a great day overall, and I am proud of how hard the girls worked throughout the day,” said Kylie Rufenacht, AHS head coach.
“We saw some great competition and were able to step up and play at a higher level. Newark was a great team.
“Newark blocked well, played defense well and had some great hitters. Every time we made an adjustment to find a way around them, they would come back with something else.
“I am looking for us to improve and use this tournament as a building block in our season.”