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The Edison State Community College volleyball team is riding a big win Wednesday as hit prepares to close the regular season.
The Lady Chargers, 21-7, play a doubleheader at Lakeland Friday and play at Cuyahoga Saturday to close the regular season.
Edison capped a 3-0 start to the week Wednesday night by knocking off third-ranked Columbus State 14-25, 25-19, 25-16, 13-25, 15-12.
Reagan Morrett had a huge match for the Chargers with 22 kills and seven blocks.
Vanessa Winner had 14 kills, three aces and 2o digs, Miranda Hickey had 18 blocks and Aimee Powell added seven.
Noel Ufferman filled out the stat sheet with six kills, 37 assists, 20 digs and six blocks.
Whitney Pleiman led the defense with 33 digs and served three aces.
Edison had rolled to a 25-6, 25-6, 25-5 win over Hocking College on Tuesday.
Winner had 10 kills and Morrett added seven.
Ufferman and Leah Herdman had 13 assists each and Camille Odle served four aces.
Pleiman led the defense with 11 digs and Kelsey Peters added eight.
Edison had started the week with a 25-10, 25-12, 25-20 win over Clark State.
Hickey had eight kills and nine blocks, while Winner had eight kills and 12 digs.
Powell adde five blocks.
Ufferman had 19 assists and Herman dished out nine.
Pleiman led the defense with 26 digs and Odle added 15.
BROOKVILLE — It didn’t take five sets for Miami East volleyball team to beat Arcanum this time.
The Lady Vikings won a D-III sectional title with a 25-19, 26-24, 25-19 win over the Trojans.
East, 17-4, will play Williamsburg at 6 p.m. Saturday at Northmont High School in a D-III district final.
Nichole Hood had 17 kills, 12 digs an assist and an ace, Sophie Jacomet had 14 kills, 18 digs, two assists and three aces, Lydia Conley had six kills and three blocks, Ashlyn Monnin had three kills and an ace, Schaffner had two kills, 31 assists, an ace and eight digs, Delaney Bourelle had a kill, Gabrielle Hawkins had 20 digs and an assist and Lauren Fisher had four digs.
TROY — Russia volleyball coach Aaron Watkins runs Facebook and Twitter accounts for the program and commonly ends posts with “#StartATradition.” Though when it comes to winning sectional titles, Russia could now change the hashtag to “ContinueATradition.”
Russia claimed its third consecutive Division IV sectional title and earned a spot in a district title match with a 25-18, 25-15, 25-15 win over Mechanicsburg on Wednesday at Troy’s Trojan Activities Center.
The Raiders (19-6) will face Southeastern in a district final on Saturday in Troy. Southeastern beat Riverside 3-1 in a sectional final on Wednesday in Covington.
Russia won its first district title in 14 years last year. Watkins said repeating on Saturday and winning matches at the regional level is the new expectation.
“Last year, the tradition we wanted to start was winning at district finals and getting to regionals,” Watkins said. “The standard we want to set now is winning at regionals. We’re going to get to regionals, now we’ve got to start winning at regionals.”
The Raiders looked ready for the regional stage on Wednesday.
Russia scored the first three points of the first game but Mechanicsburg came back and took a 6-4 lead on an ace from Emma Dunham. The Raiders then scored the next nine points (with the help of several Mechanicsburg defensive miscues) to take a 13-6 lead.
The Indians came within 20-16 late, but a block by senior middle hitter Laurissa Poling and a kill by senior outside hitter Morgan Wenrick extended the lead to six points and gave Russia momentum to close it out.
“We had some early jitters,” Watkins said. “Kudos to Dunham. She did a good job on Laurissa. They had a pretty good scouting report on us for the first part of it. We settled in and did what we needed to do.”
The Raiders took an early 10-4 lead in the second game and cruised to a big win. They built a 12-3 lead in the third game, which caused Mechanicsburg to burn both timeouts. The Indians did little more than trade points the rest of the way as Russia closed out a big win to claim the match.
Poling and sophomore outside hitter Ashley Scott each had 12 kills while Wenrick had six. Jenna Cordonnier had seven aces, 25 assists and nine digs while Kendall Monnin had 10 digs.
Russia, which was the sectional’s No. 2 seed, won all three sectional matches by 3-0 scores.
“It was a good thing that we almost knew going in that we would get to districts,” Watkins said. “But there’s a downside not playing the competition we’re used to.”
No. 9 Mechanicsburg finishes 12-10 overall.