Eastwood came into Tiffin ranked in the top 20 in Division II by the state's coaches. But that didn't stop Columbian from rolling to a game one victory. But the Eagles flexed their muscle, taking game two before winning a thrilling game three. Eastwood finished things off in game four for a 14-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-18 win.
"It was Eastwood. They're traditionally a very good team, came in ranked in the state," said Columbian coach Bill Bonham. "We knew it would be a good game. We were that close. We were hoping we could get more of a push, and sustain a longer battle against them. We just came up short once again."
Alyssa Price led a balanced TC offense with 10 kills. Maddie Williams was right behind her with nine and Haley Sendelbach chipped in eight. Price added three aces and Sendelbach two.
Also for Columbian (9-7), Taylor Reinbolt picked up 13 digs, Michaela Sharlow 10 and Williams seven. Sharlow also served two aces.
Bonham says he feels the team is entering another phase in its growth.
"We're starting another phase in our program, and that is to start learning again," he said. "It's time we go back to the learning process, but we need to do it at a more intense level and do it with more confidence. Once we can get through this phase of learning, we can apply it. If they continue to do what we been doing, if we do it in this next phase, that will get us over the hump in these close matches we've been having."
Lakota makes it a Long night for Woodmore
KANSAS - The trip from?Woodmore to Lakota is pretty short, but it turned out to be quite long for Woodmore.
Lakota got 22 combined kills from Destiney?(12) and Bree?(10) Long-Meyer. It all culminated in a 27-25, 25-15, 25-15 win for the Raiders over the Wildcats.
Bree Long-Meyer and Khilee Baltz each had five aces, Aubrey Bickford dished out 25 assists and Alaina Bickford picked up 17 digs in the win.
Destiney Long-Meyer also came up with four blocks.
BC on the same page with win over Galion
NEW WASHINGTON - It was a clash of two North Central Conference golf titans at Cranberry Hills. Buckeye Central (13-2) defeated league rival Galion (12-2) 153-158 Monday.
The Bucks were able to edge out Galion with consistent play from Adam McGinnis and Tanner Zaebst. The duo shot 37s and were the match medalists. Derek Shell helped close the books on the Tigers, carding a 39. Zach Parker contributed to the win, firing in a 40.
Elmwood takes meet in Sectional preview
ARLINGTON - Playing the back nine of the site where Carey (5-6), New Riegel (5-12), and Elmwood (7-5) will compete in their sectional tournament, Elmwood came away with a tri-meet shooting a 191.
New Riegel was right behind the Royals, carding a 199 to take second.
Travis Williams led the Blue Jackets by firing a 44. Lance Smith shot par on two holes to card 47 and Aaron Reinhart added 51.
Carey finished third shooting 211.
Grant Wentling had the low round of 51 for the Blue Devils. Devin Huffman and Alex Kimmet both carded 53.