Monday’s showdown between a pair of Division I district finalists from a year ago certainly didn’t disappoint as the Olentangy girls volleyball team shook off a slow start to earn a thrilling five-set win over visiting DeSales.
After dropping the first set 11-25, the Braves bounced back to notch wins of 25-22 and 26-24 to take a 2-1 lead. The Stallions won the fourth 25-13 before Olentangy took the fifth 23-21 to seal the deal.
“I can’t even describe the fight they showed tonight,” coach Michelle Mimna said of her Braves. “It’s a great win heading into the second half.”
Nhu Do had a career-high 16 kills to go with just one error. Other Olentangy standouts included Emily Margolies (14 kills), Olivia Margolies (11 kills, two solo blocks and three aces), Gabby Trees (34 assists and 14 digs), Lexie Weithman (42 digs) and Madyson Chitty (22 digs).
Buckeye Valley scored a trio of goals in each half on the way to a solid 6-0 MOAC win over host River Valley Monday night.
Aspen Schneller opened the scoring off a corner kick from Brennan Perrine in the ninth minute, Anthony Seliskar found the back of the net 20 minutes later and Perrine finished a perfect service from Charlie Daily to make it 3-0 in the 37th minute.
An own goal made it 4-0 early in the second half and Seliskar and Nathan Chwalik scored to smooth out the scoring summary.
“River Valley is a good team, and they made us work for every goal,” BV coach Eric Staley said. “I’m really pleased with our ball movement and the pace we maintained for the entire match.”
The Barons, who improved to 7-4-0 overall (3-2-0 MOAC) outshot the Vikings 16-2.
Next up, BV travels to London for a 7 p.m. showdown Wednesday night.
Big Walnut swept the doubles action and took two of three on the singles courts to notch a 4-1 non-league win over host Hayes Monday in Delaware.
Golden Eagle winners included Macie Kercsmar (6-0, 6-0 at first singles), Lindsay Hill (6-2, 6-0 at second singles), Katie Germann and Kayleigh Cummins (6-2, 6-4 at first doubles) and the duo of Anna Faust and Maria Boyer (6-0, 6-4 at second doubles).
The Pacers’ lone win came at third singles, where Renae Haferman picked up a solid 6-2, 6-3 decision.