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Sunday, October 20, 2013Sectional Volleyball: FHS falls to Perrysburg
Findlay High School's volleyball team saw the ball bounce both ways in its showdown with Perrysburg in the Division I sectional final at Liberty-Benton on Saturday.
But in the end, Perrysburg got most of the breaks as the ninth-ranked Yellow Jackets won 25-22, 21-25, 28-26, 25-20 in a back-and-forth thriller.
Findlay, which finishes its season at 14-10, failed to advance past sectionals for the first time since 2007 when it fell to Anthony Wayne in five sets. Perrysburg (22-2) will play Oregon Clay in the district semifinals at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Bowling Green State University. Clay beat Toledo Notre Dame 26-24, 25-23, 20-25, 25-13 to advance Saturday.
"We're disappointed we lost, but I told the girls I'm very proud of them," Findlay High coach Bob Moran said. "We never quit playing.
"We've been the underdogs all year. We were seeded fourth in the tournament. We lost 10 seniors, one starter back and three letterwinners back. We had a very inexperienced team going into this season and I thought we gained a lot of experience through the year. I'm very proud of the way we played."
The first set was as close as it could get with neither team gaining a lead over four points. After six lead changes before either team got to nine points, Perrysburg built a 23-19 lead, and Savannah Miller's kill sealed the deal for the Yellow Jackets.
Perrysburg jumped out to a quick 5-2 lead in the second set, but Findlay took control and led 16-12 after a kill from senior Ciara Ralston. Perrysburg reeled up four straight points to tie it at 16 apiece, but Findlay responded with five straight points and never looked back.
"We started keeping our serves in and we started talking to each other," Moran said. "We started hustling after balls, making some great plays defensively, keeping the ball alive. Finally, they started believing in each other that we can do this."
Findlay's momentum, however, came to a screeching halt when Perrsyburg jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the third set. Mental errors, including mis-hit serves, helped the Yellow Jackets take control.
Perrysburg had an 18-9 lead late in the set, but back came the Trojans.
Patricia Barreto's kill tied the match at 22, and Findlay took a 24-23 lead after winning a wild point that Perrysburg thought they had won during the rally. In fact, the Jackets started celebrating, but the Trojans got the ball over and it fell in for the point.
After rebounding from the mental collapse, Perrysburg tied it at 26 on Audra Appold's kill and the Yellow Jackets eventually took the third set.
The fourth set was similar to the first, with both teams having leads early, but a series of Perrysburg blocks found holes on Findlay's side. They took a 21-14 lead and never looked back.
Moran said he was satisfied with his team's energy, but they "just weren't getting the breaks that we needed."
Ralston had a monster game for the Trojans. Her 22 kills kept Findlay close throughout each set, and she went 49 of 54 hitting with 16 digs as well.
Dishing Ralston the ball throughout the match was junior Lindsay George, who had 53 assists on 160 of 163 setting. She also had four aces on 15 of 17 serving and 14 digs.
Krista Wurm led the Trojans with 22 digs, 31 of 33 passing and 19 of 21 serving.
SERVING: Krista Wurm 19-21, Lindsay George 15-17, Ciara Ralston 10-11, Patricia Barreto 10-14. ACES: George & Wurm 4. KILLS: Ralston 22, Kelsey Schroeder 7, Barreto 6. SPIKING: Ralston 49-54, Schroeder 21-24, Molly Doepker 17-22. ASSISTS: George 53. SETTING: George 160-163. PASSING: Wurm 31-33, Ralston 14-15. DIGS: Wurm 22, Schroeder 18, Ralston 16. BLOCKS: Anna Schumm, Barreto, and Schroeder 3.
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