WAPAKONETA — Wapakoneta was able to overcome its self-inflected errors during a 25-19, 25-23, 25-20 Western Buckeye League sweep of Defiance on Tuesday at Wapakoneta High School.
“We came out with a different lineup for Senior Night, and there was a lot of excitement and emotions from the girls,” Redskins coach Megan Brown said. “We came out strong in the first set, doing everything that we needed to do. But throughout the match, we were our own worst enemy because we made quite a few unforced turnovers, hitting errors and serving errors. We were struggling with that, but any time you come out of a WBL match with a 3-0 win, you have to leave happy.”
Junior outside hitter Kaleigh Palmer collected a double-double of 21 kills and 13 digs for WHS and made it difficult for Defiance to defend.
“During practice, we had our girls standing on boxes and we were swinging as hard as we could to prepare them because we knew that (Palmer) would swing all the way around. No matter where she was, they would set the ball for her,” Defiance coach Jolene Williams said. “I thought our libero Elizabeth Hoffman did an outstanding job of matching up with wherever Palmer was putting the ball.”
Hoffman finished with a match-high 17 digs for the Bulldogs.
Wapakoneta countered with three more players with double-digit digs, including Carlie Schroeder (14), Emily VanHorn (14) and Reyna Woodruff (11). VanHorn added 10 kills for another WHS double-double, while Woodruff provided the Redskins with a third double-double by creating 25 assists.
Karleigh Hoffman led Defiance with seven digs.
Russiaa 3, Botkins 0
BOTKINS — Russia swept a Shelby County Athletic League match from Botkins 25-20, 25-13, 25-18 on Tuesday.