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Sunday, October 20, 2013Sectional Volleyball: New Riegel makes district semis with 23-0 record
On Saturday, the New Riegel junior utilized that weapon for eight of her team's 21 aces as she helped the third-ranked Blue Jackets whip Old Fort 25-7, 25-5, 25-14 in the second Division IV sectional volleyball championship match at Hopewell-Loudon.
New Riegel will take a 23-0 record into Tuesday's district semifinal match against Carey at Fostoria High School. That match will follow the 6:15 p.m. contest between Arlington and Tiffin Calvert (18-6), which beat St. Wendelin 25-13, 25-17, 25-23 in Saturday's first match at Hopewell-Loudon.
Scherger, who added seven kills and 10 digs to her day's work, called the Blue Jackets' third consecutive sectional championship "the first step to, hopefully, many more.
"Every tournament game, (our record) is 0-0," she said. "It's a big deal. We come in (with) a clean slate and we're going to go out and play our hardest."
Scherger did nothing short of putting on a show with her serve in the first set against the Stockaders (8-14). New Riegel had already established a 10-5 lead by the time she took the ball, and the advantage grew to 21-6 by the time Scherger was finished with a run that included seven aces.
"I just kept going," she said. "My tosses, that's the main part of the jump serve, and they were just on."
Blue Jackets coach Cindy Walerius said Scherger's serving ability is a product of hard work.
"I'll tell you that serve is something else," she said. "She works on it all the time. If she doesn't get an ace in a game, the next day at practice, there she is working over and over about 'why couldn't I get the ball to drop, how was I mis-hitting it?
"She works on it on her own. I mean, I don't even really mess with her. She knows what she needs to do and she just goes back and works at it."
New Riegel allowed no drama and charged to a 9-1 lead in the second set and a 13-3 advantage in the third en route to the easy victory.
Walerius said the Blue Jackets had the concentration she had hoped to see.
"We had just played (Old Fort), like, 10 days ago," she said. "I just wanted to make sure we were definitely focused on this game and not worry about anything else, and I think they did. I thought the girls really did a good job today of coming ready to play."
Taylor Arbogast recorded 12 kills, six aces, nine digs and a pair of blocks for New Riegel, while Morgan Noftz tallied four aces and 22 assists, Lauren Ladd finished with eight kills and five blocks and Brittany Gillig had two aces and eight digs.
After outlasting Fremont St. Joseph in a semifinal match Wednesday, St. Wendelin (12-11) seemed as though it might be in comeback mode against Calvert.
The Mohawks trailed 5-1 in the third set before freshman Sophia Volpe served for a pair of aces to help forge a 7-7 tie. St. Wendelin gained just its third lead of the match at 9-8 on an Allie Rutter kill, and the lead grew to as many five.
A Mohawks' error allowed the Senecas to catch up at 22, and a Lindsay Bickley ace then put Calvert in front.
St. Wendelin drew even at 23-apiece, but Calvert finished the contest behind kills by Amber Perry and Haley Felter.
"We started off slow today, but we did come alive and we worked hard and we had the lead for a little bit, but just a couple of errors and the game fell on their side," Mohawks coach Stacey Taylor said. "It's just how it worked today."
St. Wendelin did not lead again in the first set after going up 7-6 on a Meghan Reiter ace. The Senecas ran out to a 14-3 lead in the second set before fighting off a Mohawks rally that saw the lead carved to within 17-13.
"We were hitting the ball, but we weren't getting the actual kill," Taylor said. "We didn't get as many kills as I was hoping we would get today. But Calvert's a defensive team and they were digging things up."
Rutter finished with seven kills for St. Wendelin, while Victoria Walter put down four kills and Becca Starn registered three kills and two blocks. Hailee Burns and Mikayla Gilliland served three aces apiece with Burns adding 17 digs. Volpe had a pair of aces and 16 digs and Olivia Zimmerman came up with nine digs.
new riegel (23-0)
SERVING: Taylor Arbogast 20-22, Kara Scherger 14-15, Brittany Gillig 13-14. ACES: Scherger 8, Arbogast 6, Gillig 2. KILLS: Arbogast 12, Lauren Ladd 8, Scherger 7. SPIKES: Arbogast 16-17, Ladd 15-15, Scherger 13-14. ASSISTS: Morgan Noftz 22. SETTING: Noftz 37-38. DIGS: Scherger 10, Arbogast 9, Gillig 8. BLOCKS: Ladd 5.
st. wendelin (12-11)
POINTS: Hailee Burns 9, Mikayla Gilliland 8, Sophia Volpe 6. SERVING: Burns 13-14, Volpe 12-12, Gilliland 11-11. ACES: Gilliland & Burns 3, Volpe 2. KILLS: Allie Rutter 7, Victoria Walter 4, Becca Starn 3. SPIKES: Rutter 15-16, Walter 10-10, Olivia Zimmerman 7-11. ASSISTS: Chloe Reiter 3. SETTING: Reiter 13-13. DIGS: Burns 19, Volpe 17, Zimmerman 9. BLOCKS: Kamryn Troike 4, Starn 3.
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