The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity volleyball team held off a determined Bath Wildcats squad to post a 3-1 win in its home opener Thursday at Wapakoneta High School.
After cruising to wins in the first and second games, Wapak saw the third game slip away and had to scrap to come up with the match winner in the fourth game.
The Redskins had to battle from behind in almost every game.
“I knew Bath wasn’t going to come in here and roll over,” Wapak coach Keith Rambin said.
Bath opened the first game with an 11-5 lead and survived a Redskins rally to lead 22-19 late in the game.
But Wapak scored the final six points of the game to claim the 25-22 win. senior Krissy Stinebaugh had two kills, junior Ashley Cox had one kill and junior Carli Sammons had a block in the final rally.
“Volleyball is a game of momentum,” Rambin said. “And we held in there long enough to get that momentum back.”
In the second game, the Redskins jumped out to an early 9-1 lead. Bath closed the gap to within one, 16-15. But Wapak held off the Wildcats for the 25-20 win.
Bath controlled the third game, taking a 20-12 lead on a five-point service rally by Liz Brock en route to a 25-18 win.
“She’s kind of hard to stop,” Rambin said of Brock. “It’s the old adage, ‘You can’t stop her. You can only hope to contain her.’ ”
The fourth game was a tight, back-and-forth affair, with Wapak ultimately pulling out the 25-23 win to claim the match.
Senior hitter Morgan Quellhorst led Wapak with 19 kills and five blocks.
Sammons had six service aces and 13 service points.
Libero Amber Dickinson, who transferred to Wapak after playing three seasons at Bath, had 25 service receptions and 23 digs.
“I’m sure Bath had this game marked on their calendar,” Rambin said.
Brown had 110 sets and 41 assists.
Wapak improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the WBL. Bath fell to 2-3 and 1-1.