Archbold claimed the Streak Spike-tacular volleyball tournament title, Saturday, Sept. 29, putting away Central Christian 25-29, 25-21 in the championship match.
The Streaks defeated Hilltop in their tourney opener 25-10, 25-5. AHS defeated Gibsonburg in the semifinal 25-22, 25-23.
Dani Newman, Adi Lange and Stacy Wyse were named to the all-tournament team, along with CC’s Kara Meyer and Hannah Haver, Otsego’s Daley Bernthisel, and Gibsonburg’s Lindsay Hill, and Whitney Mathia.
Earlier in the week, the Streaks defeated Kalida in four games, 25-19, 25-14, 13-25, 25- 13, Thursday, Sept. 27.
Archbold hosted Wauseon, Tuesday, Sept. 25 and won the Northwest Ohio Athletic League match 25-23, 17-25, 25-23, 25- 18. The exciting match was also the “Volley for the Cure” to promote breast cancer education, awareness, and fund-raising. Wearing pink were the players, referees, and some fans, and a pink ball was used.
The Blue Streaks, ranked 10th in Division III by the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association, are 16-1, 5-0 NWOAL.
AHS Def. Wauseon 25-23, 17-25, 25-23, 25-18
Dani Newman hit back-toback kills to give AHS a 23-19 first-game lead. Emily Snyder blocked a Wauseon attack to put AHS at game point, 24-21. Adi Lange finished with a kill for the 25-23 win.
The Streaks fell apart in game two. Snyder scored their last three, but Wauseon owned the second game 25-17.
The third game started like the second, but the Streaks pulled themselves together. Dani Newman tied the game at 8 with a strong kill and smoked the ball to again tie the game at 20 with great response from the crowd.
Devin Newman served an ace to take a 21-20 lead. Dani Newman served an ace at 23- 21, causing Wauseon to take a timeout. Stacy Wyse won the game by tipping her set over.
AHS scored four points before Wauseon scored one in the fourth game. Wauseon took an 11-10 lead, but never again led the contest.
Lange scored a kill at 23-18 and scored the game-winning point by slamming the ball down for the 25-18 victory.
“We had some nice rallies and Wauseon did a nice job at adjusting to our offense,” said Julie Nofziger, AHS coach. “We found if we maintained the attack we had a better chance of winning those long rallies.”
The AHS junior varsity won 25-19, 25-18.
AHS Def. Kalida 25-19, 25-14, 13-25, 25-13
Ranked 11th in Div. IV, “Kalida is a very athletic team,” said Nofziger, “and we struggled with our serve receive in our first game. Once the kids focused on getting our passing the way we like it, we were able to put together our attack game.”
Serve reception was only 87 percent; AHS missed eight of the 63 attempts at passing Kalida’s serves. Laura Wyse led AHS serving with three aces.
Dani Newman hit 16 kills, followed by Snyder with nine.
The AHS JV won 25-19, 25- 20.
Streak Spike-Tacular AHS Def. Hilltop 25-10, 25-5
Lauren Kern served four aces with S. Wyse and Laura Wyse each adding one.
“Hilltop struggled with our serving game and was unable to run their offense,” said Nofziger.
AHS Def. Gibsonburg 25-22, 25-23
“This was a great battle as we exchanged serves with Gibsonburg. We had to pick up our blocking game, and they challenged our defense throughout the match,” said Nofziger.
Lange and Snyder picked up solo blocks, and, as a team, there were 18 shared blocks or blocks that were kept in play.
Lange and Dani Newman led the team in digs; passing 18 and 11, respectively.
AHS Def. Central Christian 25-19, 25-21
In the game determining first or second place, the Blue and Gold battled hard for the win.
“Central played a very good match, and we seemed to have an answer for everything they did,” said Nofziger. “It was a well-played match, with both teams playing good defense.”
The Streaks missed one serve receive and picked up 56 digs.
“We were just able to maintain our attack game a little better,” said Nofziger. “We really played hard today and focused on one point at a time.”
Dani Newman led AHS spikers with 11 kills. Lange had seven. S. Wyse set 18 perfect sets that were connected to kills.
Archbold also won the JV Spike-Tacular.