Indians sweep Vikings in Northwest Ohio Athletic League volleyball

Wauseon volleyball sandwiched solid first and third set performances around a second set Evergreen meltdown to sweep the Vikings Thursday, 25-18, 26-24, 25-17 to put the Indians even in league play at 1-1.

“We played very well offensively and defensively,” explained Indians’ coach Bill Blanchong. “We had a few hitting errors but overall I think we played a very good match.”

It was the Vikings who helped Wauseon gain a 6-3 lead with numerous attack erros and then a miscommunication that allowed a basic serve to drop between a pair of Vikings in the back row mixed with two Lexi Sauber kills to take a 6-3 lead.

Evergreen rallied to take a 10-8 advantage courtesy of a trio of Bailie Sutter scores and one from Kelsie Komisarek.

The Tribe answered right back with a Chloe Lane ace and back-to-back kills from Sydney Zirkle to take back a four point lead at 14-10.

From there, Wauseon continued to extend as Sauber put down a block and slammed one home from the middle along with Jen Sanders’ left-hand tip and a kill from Karli Penrod to go up 19-12 and coast to a first set win.

“It’s nice to have size,” said Blanchong regarding the 6’ junior Sauber and the 5’10” senior Sanders. “They make a good pair out there.”

Evergreen jumped out to a 15-10 second-set lead thanks to freshman McKenna Babcock’s middle and right side lasers and three more kills from Sutter, one on a block on Sauber.

The Vikes parlayed another block from Sutter and a Komisarek kill to a 22-13 lead before they suddenly became the biggest donation center since the Red Cross.

No less than nine Viking errors, everything from hitting errors, passing errors, miscommunication in the back line along with a Zirkle kill put Wauseon on top 23-22.

A violation on the Indians tied the set, then Maddie Trejo’s dump of the set countered Jamie VanLoocke’s left-side kill to keep the set tied at 24 before two more Viking errors ended the set.

Wauseon jumped up early in the third set as Trejo victimized the Viking middle twice with the same shot off the set and a kill each from Sauber and Sanders, and an ace from Kelcy Blanchong to go up 13-7 and raced home with the sweep.

“Maddie has become a very good volleyball player,” stated Blanchong. “She’s excellent, she runs our offense as a setter and she makes good decisions with the ball.”

Wauseon evened their NWOAL mark at 1-1 with the win, while the Vikings fell to 0-2.

The Indians then split a home tri-match with Napoleon and Ottawa-Glandorf on Saturday. They defeated Napoleon 25-13, 25-13, but fell to O-G 25-17, 25-27, 25-7.

Also Saturday, Evergreen was swept by Sylvania Southview.

By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor