Wauseon volleyball improved to 2-0 in Northwest Ohio Athletic League action Thursday with a 25-13, 25-15, 25-18 home win over Liberty Center.
The Indians rolled to a 12-point win in game one.
“We got in the flow right away,” said head coach Bill Blanchong. “It is a league match at home. We were ready for Liberty Center. We kind of had a good scouting report on them. We knew what to expect, and the girls had a gameplan and they followed it.”
The second game was closer, with the Tigers holding the lead several times early on.
They took an 8-6 advantage following a Wauseon block that went out of play and Stephanie McBride’s shot from the middle. But, a Chelsie Raabe kill from the left side combined with a Tiger hitting error tied the score. The Tigers would not lead the rest of the second set.
After Burgin Bachman’s kill for LC to get them within one, 12-11, the Indians scored 10 straight points.
Sydney Zirkle got it started with a shot from the right side, then came Tamera Smith with a bullet off a Tiger block attempt, a pair of points from Lexi Sauber, and two Tiger errors. Two more Tiger miscues, plus a Sauber kill and Maddie Trejo’s two-handed push, gave the Indians a 22-11 lead.
“We definitely have offensive power. So we have the ability to be able to hold the serve and score a lot of points,” stated Blanchong.
The Tigers could only muster four more points the rest of the way.
The third set had a similar start to the second, but Wauseon would pull away once again. LC got to within 17-15 after Kate Mohler’s shot from the left and a Wauseon error, then the Indians scored the next six.
A Tiger miscue started the run, Zirkle added a kill, Raabe fired a pair of kills around Trejo’s push shot that found a hole, and an error extended the lead to 23-15. The Tigers scored three straight to stay alive, but Raabe and Sauber slammed the door with back-to-back shots from the middle.
Raabe had three of the Indians last eight points, finishing with 10 kills and three blocks for the match. She was 20 of 21 hitting.
“Chelsie Raabe, our sophomore, she played really good tonight,” said Blanchong. “This was definitely her best match so far. I’m impressed with how she’s come along.”
Sauber was 30 of 35 hitting with 20 kills, 21 digs and four blocks.
The Indians split a tri-match with Napoleon and Ottawa-Glandorf Saturday at O-G. They defeated the Wildcats 26-24, 25-11, before falling to the Titans 20-25, 25-19, 25-12.
Sauber racked up 14 kills and 15 digs. Trejo added five kills and 10 digs.
Wauseon is at Delta tonight.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010