ELIDA â€” The Waynefield-Goshen Tigers hung tough, but could not overcome a strong Ottoville Big Green squad in a Division IV volleyball sectional semifinal Wednesday at Elida High School.
The Big Green (9-11) were taller and deeper and fed a relentless line of power hitters to the front row in a 25-19, 25-11, 25-16 sweep of W-G.
â€śI think my girls faced up to that rather well,â€ť Tigers coach Karen Dunson said. â€śThey talked and they moved. We got some plays on the net that I think were really nice. Once they got used to the game, we were picking more stuff in the back.
â€śWeâ€™re not used to playing some of the hitters like we played tonight. But Iâ€™m very proud of my girls.â€ť
Ottoville used a big rally in the first game to take control. With the score tied at 10-10, the Big Green went on a 9-1 run to take a 19-11 lead. W-G regrouped and rallied. Freshman Sydney Buffenbargerâ€™s ace closed it two within three, 19-16. But Ottoville held off the charge to take the first game 25-19.
The second game was all Ottoville as junior hitter Abbie Siefker recorded six kills and a block to lead the Big Green to a 25-11 win.
But the Tigers didnâ€™t back down.
Down 5-1 early in the third game, they fought back and even took a 10-8 lead, forcing a Big Green timeout.
Junior hitter Bailey Collins had a pair of kills and an ace during the rally. Junior Kaylee Patton had two kills.
But with the scored tied at 15-15, Ottoville went on a 7-0 rally to take control and pull away to a 25-16 win.
â€śThatâ€™s something weâ€™ve battled all season long, trying to make my girls realize how much potential they have,â€ť Dunson said. â€śSo Iâ€™m very happy to see that they faced them, didnâ€™t back away, and gave it their best shot.â€ť
Collins finished the match 24-of-28 hitting with five kills and four blocks.
Patton was 13-of-17 hitting with two kills and a block.
Buffenbarger had five assists. And senior Jessica Reimesch had five digs.
W-G concludes its season with a 7-17 record.