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Wapakoneta wins home quad match

September 3, 2013

Sports Editor

The Wapakoneta Redskins rebounded just in time to win their first two matches and cruised in the third one to claim three wins in a home quad match Saturday in varsity volleyball action at Wapakoneta High School.

With the three wins Saturday, Wapak has now won six consecutive matches to improve to 6-1 overall this season.Wapak lost a tight 25-23 game to the Marion Harding Presidents to open the day’s action but evened the match with a 25-23 win of its own.

The Redskins then landed a 25-18 win to close out the best-of-three match.

“With our first match this morning, it was one of those things where the girls were mentally not ready,” Wapak varsity coach Amy Ruppert said. “We’ve worked on that. We’ve talked about it, flipping the switch when you hit the court and being game ready.

“I don’t like winning matches like that particularly, but it teaches the girls how to win,” she said. “There’s a lot of positives to being able to come back from a tough set loss and pull the next two out.”

The Redskins moved on to play the Lima Senior Spartans.

Wapak was beaten 25-16 in first game against the Spartans to find itself in another 0-1 hole for the second straight match.

The Redskins turned it around to again win the match’s second game by the same score of the first, winning 25-16 to even the match at 1-1 against Lima Senior. While they nearly gave away a huge lead, the Redskins squeaked out a 25-23 win in the third game against Lima Senior to post their second win of the day.

Wapak posted its third win of the day with commanding wins over the Toledo Scott Bulldogs, 25-4 and 25-5.

“Our offense is very productive when we get our serve-receive going,” Ruppert said. “Against Lima Senior, it wasn’t so much serve-receive as it was unforced errors in passing and service.”

Wapak’s Josie Miller had nine assists, seven kills, five blocks and four digs Saturday.

“Josie has stayed solid,” Ruppert said. “Her numbers continue to go up every match.”

The Redskins recorded 36 aces Saturday.

“We served a lot of aces,” Ruppert said. “That’s key to offsetting the shortfall of serve-receive by getting the ball back there.”

Wapak will return to the court tonight to face the Coldwater Cavaliers in a non-league road match.

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