PREBLE COUNTY — The season came to end for the county’s five volleyball teams last week either in the first or second round of their respective sectional tournaments.
Eagles drop rubber match with VV
For the third time this season Eaton and Valley View’s volleyball team squared off. This time in the first round of the Division II sectional at Lebanon High School on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
Each team had beaten the other on their respective home court during the regular season.
Valley View won the third meeting sending the Eagles home with a 25-23, 25-21, 25-17 loss.
Becca Mowen led the Eagles with nine kills, 20 digs and four service aces. Ariel Richardson, the lone senior on the team, closed out her career with nine kills and a pair of blocks. Maley Tinstman had four kills and 12 assists. Annika Gels had three aces and nine digs.
With the loss, Eaton ends the season 10-13.
NT falls to No. 2 seed
National Trail’s volleyball team ended the 2017 season with a loss to No. 2 seed Fort Loramie on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Arcanum High School.
The Blazers lost in straight sets 25-16-, 25-7, 25-4.
“Fort Loramie is a very good team that exposed our weakness in sets two and three. The girls were playing really well in the first set and challenging Ft. Loramie on every ball,” Trail coach Joy Yeazel said. “As a coach you want to see your athletes playing their best during tournament, the first set we did that. We had a game plan and were competing with one of the best in Division 4. The problem was that we started playing tentative and we had way too many serve reception errors.”
Junior Risa Griffin had the only ace for National Trail and also led NT in digs with eight. Senior Ariel Lee and freshman Tristan Bowers had two kills each. Sophomore Brooke Johnson had four assists and seven digs.
Shawnee falls to Miami East
Preble Shawnees lost in straight sets to No. 1 seed Miami East 25-6, 25-16, 25-14 on Saturday, Oct. 21. at Brookville High School.
North ousted by Patriots
Just one week ago Tri-Village squared off with Tri-County North and came away with a hard-fought win in a game that went five sets.
The two teams found themselves matched up again on Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the first round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division IV volleyball sectional tournament at Troy High School.
North has its season come to an end with a 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 25-21 loss.
In the opening set, the Patriots went up 11-3, and it looked like they were in complete control; that was until left-hander Jasmine McAdams started serving.
McAdams brought the Panthers all the way back to take a 13-12 lead. The Patriots then got down 20-14 before mounting a comeback, stunning Tri-County North with a 25-23 first set win.
The second set was a long one and a dog fight … but this time it was Tri-County North making the plays late to win 25-21.
Tri-Village went on to claim the third set 25-17 and kept the momentum rolling into set four on its way to a 25-21 win and the match.
South falls in second round
After opening tournament play with a win over Newton (25-16, 25-20, 25-21) on Tuesday, Oct. 17, Twin Valley South has its season end with a 25-17, 25-13, 25-16 loss to Houston on Saturday, Oct. 21.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH