By Ben Stroup
The Delaware Christian volleyball team added to its already solid start to the season Saturday, dropping host Grandview 25-19, 25-22, 25-16.
Erin McCullough led the way with a solid all-around effort, finishing with eight kills, six digs and five service aces. Other Eagle standouts included Brianna Blackburn, who finished with 17 assists, six kills and eight digs; Abbey Evans, who chipped in nine digs and four kills; Anna Fuller, who had seven digs and three aces; Sarah Rosato, who closed with four kills and four digs; and Liz Sullivan, who had nine digs when all was said and done.
Delaware Christian, now 3-1, travels to Ridgedale today at 6:30 p.m.
Olentangy 3, Dublin Scioto 1
The Braves picked up their second straight win over the weekend, dropping Scioto in four sets Saturday in Dublin.
Olentangy (2-2) won the first two sets by respective scores of 25-10 and 25-12. The Braves lost the third 23-25, but bounced back with a 25-12 win in the clincher.
Lexi Weithman led the way with 17 digs, Sarah Hansel finished with four blocks and Lauren Judge had a team-leading nine kills in the win.
Olentangy and Liberty were in action over the weekend, finishing third and seventh, respectively, at Saturday’s Pinnacle Classic hosted by Upper Arlington.
The Braves, boosted by Garrett Varanelli’s 73 — a mark good enough for fifth best among individuals — finished with a combined 303. Nick Scott (76), Ryan Wright (77), Matthew Homza (77) and Jake Gerard (84) also scored for Olentangy.
The Patriots, meanwhile, finished with a combined 315. Kyle Mitchell led the way with a 76 while Cameron McCloskey (77), Trey Rath (81), Ronnie Foth (81) and John Flees (81) also contributed.
Dublin Jerome won the event with a 280.
Buckeye Valley bounced back from a tough MOAC setback with a solid non-league win Saturday, edging visiting Mount Vernon 2-1.
Brady Perrine helped the Barons (2-1-0) strike first, collecting a rebound and firing it into the back of the net in the 11th minute, and Anthony Seliskar made it 2-0 three minutes later with an unassisted goal of his own.
Keeper Caleb King, who finished with four saves, and the BV defense looked poised to notch a shutout until the Yellow Jackets’ Gannon Reddy scored with 46 seconds to play.
“I make no secrets about my admiration of the OCC — top to bottom, the best conference in the state,” Buckeye Valley coach Eric Staley said. “So, to beat a DI OCC team is a big moment for us. We controlled the play in the first half … especially the first fifteen minutes. The second half was played evenly, but, overall, it was another strong effort.”
Hayes’ Savannah Carter scored off a feed from Jessica Walker in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as visiting Hilliard Bradley left town with a 3-1 win Saturday in Delaware.
Ahdrin Bordner was tested often, finishing with 17 saves in the Pacer goal.
Hayes opens conference play Tuesday against host Worthington Kilbourne.
Orange 1, Watterson 1
Delaney Earl found the back of the net for the Pioneers, but Claire Jenkins scored a late equalizer for the visiting Eagles as the teams battled to a 1-1 draw Saturday in Lewis Center.
Hanah Sargent finished with four saves in the Orange net.
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