By Rob Kiser
TROY — After a 16-6 season, which included sharing the SCAL title, against one quality opponent after another, the Russia volleyball team found itself at the different end of the spectrum, playing 27th seed Jefferson in its Troy D-III sectional tournament opener Wednesday.
And the second seeded Lady Raiders took care of business in a 25-4, 25-5, 25-11 win over the Broncos.
Russia advances to play 25th seed Dayton Christian at 2 p.m. Saturday.
“It is (tough for the players to keep their focus),” Russia coach Aaron Watkins said. “You just try to do some different things. Run some different sets, do some different things. Work on some things.”
And Russia did a good job of that through the first two sets — but Watkins felt the Raiders could have been a little sharper in the third set.
“We put our JV girls in,” Watkins said. “Maybe there were some nerves — maybe a little loss of focus.”
And you can’t blame the Lady Raiders for looking ahead.
“Definitely,” Watkins said. “We want to be in the regionals competing for a spot in the state tournament. And this is the start of that.”
Laurissa Poling pounded nine kills, while Morgan Wenrick had five kills and five aces and Ashley Scott had five kills and four aces.
Jenna Cordonnier served five aces and dished out 15 assists.
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BROOKVILLE — Miami East, a regional finalist last season and this year’s No. 4 seed, began its tournament run with a sweep of No. 14 Madison Tuesday at Brookville High School, winning 25-6, 25-16, 25-12.
Miami East, 15-8, plays Urbana at 10 a.m. Saturday.
And even though the Viking defense didn’t have to do much work on the night, it was still a big night for Gabrielle Hawkins. With her six digs, Hawkins broke Miami East’s single-season record for digs, which was previously held by Lindsey Black. Hawkins also had an assist in the match.
Nichole Hood led the Miami East offense with 11 kills and three aces, Sophie Jacomet had 10 kills, three aces and six digs, Lydia Conley had six kills, Ashlyn Monnin had four kills, Delaney Bourelle had three kills, an ace and a block, Gretchen Frock had 20 assists and three aces and Macie Schaffner had seven assists.
BROOKVILLE — The Covington volleyball team finished the season at 9-13 after a 25-6, 25-7, 25-14 loss to Greeneview Monday in Brookville D-III sectional action.
“I feel bad for our seniors to be going out this way……. they fought hard, but Greenview has a very nice team,” Covington coach Lonnie Cain said. “Anytime we had an ounce of momentum going – Greeneview would come up with a dig, block or kill to take it back.”
Ellery Reck had seven assists, while Lilli Hamilton had four kills and one block.
Makenna Gostomsky had two kills and Makenzee Maschino had two kills and one ace.
Alyssa Kimmel had one ace and one block and Hillary Hoying added five digs.
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton girls soccer team opened D-III sectional play with a 3-1 win over Dixie Tuesday.
Newton plays at top seed Anna at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Marissa Deeter had two first-half goals on assists from Michaela Kirk and Jaden Stine to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.
Crystal Houk scored in the second half off of a direct kick from McKenna Demido.
CASSTOWN — The Miami East girls soccer team, which went undefeated in conference play during the regular season and earned the No. 9 seed, knocked off a conference rival in the first round of the Division III sectional tournament Tuesday at home, defeating No. 23 Franklin Monroe 5-1.
Miami East, 10-5-1, plays at Milton-Union at 7 p.m. Saturday in a second-round game. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie during the season.
Meadow Powers scored two goals and Whitley Gross had a goal and an assist to lead the way for the Vikings. Cerstin Gross and Paxton Hunley each added a goal, Maddie Miller had two assists and Savannah Nehring had one assist.