The Wauseon volleyball team breezed through their match at home against Bryan Tuesday night, sweeping the Golden Bears 25-20, 25-20 and 25-18. The win moved them to .500 on the season at 6-6, and a game below in the NWOAL at 2-3.
“We are getting better and better each week,” said Wauseon coach Bill Blanchong after the match. “We still need to work on reducing unforced errors, but I was pleased with our overall performance today.”
The first set was knotted at 13 when the Indians regained the lead thanks to a Golden Bear hitting error, and proceeded to outscore them 11-7 down the stretch in preserving the 25-20 victory. Wauseon’s Kallie Strauss notched a pair of kills to put an exclamation point on the first set.
Bryan got out to a 14-10 lead in the second set before the Indians battled back.
Morgan Bzovi of Wauseon started her team’s rally with an ace, followed by a pair of Strauss’ kills, and a Golden Bear shot which went out of play to tie the score at 14. Strauss then added another point, prompting a displeased Bryan coach Mel Reinhart to call timeout in order to get her point across.
The discussion did not work, and perhaps, made her team more flustered as they allowed Wauseon to score the next five points, giving the Indians the upper hand.
A Bryan hitting error, a shot from the left side and one in the middle for Strauss, plus an Amy Bosell kill from left and Bzovi’s ace made it 20-14. Wauseon never looked back as they went onto take the set, 25-20 and gained a convincing 2-0 advantage in the match.
A pair of ace’s by Bryan’s Whitney Whetro and Kaitlynn Antigo’s tip that found a hole in the Wauseon defense helped the Bears gain an 8-5 lead in set number three. However, while the Bears maintained that slim lead for awhile longer, the Indians used two Bryan errors to swing the advantage into Wauseon’s favor, 14-12, later in the set.
The Indians built their lead to 18-15 with points from Hayley Chamberlain and Bosell, while also getting the benefit of some Bryan errors. However, the Bears cut that advantage to one after a block kill for Antigo and an Indian miscue.
But that was as close as Bryan got as Chamberlain answered the bell with a tip at the net, Strauss pegged a pair of aces, a Golden Bear hitting error, and Bosell’s strike from the right side made it 23-17. A Wauseon block that landed out brought the Bears within five, but consecutive Bryan hitting blunders ended the match.
Strauss paced the Indians as she went 27 of 36 hitting with 12 kills, five blocks and four aces. Lexi Sauber added eight kills and two blocks, while both Bosell and Karli Penrod finished with five kills.
The Indians are next in action when they travel to Bowsher tonight for a non-league contest.
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010