By Ben Stroup
Big Walnut’s championship aspirations took a bit of a hit Tuesday as visiting New Albany rallied from a 4-1 halftime deficit to post a 5-4 OCC-Capital Division win in Sunbury.
The Golden Eagles were flying high early, and looked poised to notch at least a tie even after the visitors scored three unanswered second-half goals, but a late penalty in the box sealed their fate. New Albany connected on the ensuing PK with just 18 seconds left, sealing the come-from-behind win.
Hayes 5, Mount Vernon 2
Hayes continued its solid second half of the season Tuesday, hammering host Mount Vernon 5-2 in OCC-Capital Division action.
Pacer goals belonged to Curtis Herzog, Mason McGeath, Nathan Lippincott, Brody Kannally and Brandon Becker while Brad Peters, Justin McKee and Becker had assists in the win.
Also: Olentangy 2, Worthington Kilbourne 1; Liberty 1, Hilliard Davidson 1.
Liberty 1, Hilliard Davidson 0; New Albany 1, Big Walnut 0; Olentangy 1, Worthington Kilbourne 0.
Cameron McCloskey fired a 34 to earn medalist honors, leading Liberty to a solid tri-match win over visiting Olentangy and Westerville Central Tuesday at Kinsale.
The Patriots fired a 144 to edge out the Braves and Warhawks, who finished with respective team totals of 148 and 152.
Other Liberty contributors included Ronnie Foth, who carded a 35; Jon Flees, who finished with a 37; Trey Rath and Kyle Mitchell, who had 38s; and Jacob Hickman, who finished with a 39.
Olentangy was led by Matthew Homza (35) while Garrett Varanelli (36), Nick Scott (38), Jake Gerard (39), Cameron Casto (40) and Ryan Wright (40) also chipped in.
Delaware Christian kept on rolling Tuesday night, handling visiting Tree of Life in three sets.
The Eagles (16-7, 7-0 MOCAL) won the first 25-20 before sealing the deal with wins of 25-18 and 25-15.
Erin McCullough led the way with 18 digs, five aces and eight kills. Other standouts included Sarah Rosato, who had four blocks and six kills; Anna Fuller, who finished with five kills, three aces and six digs; Mary Kerins, who had 15 digs; Brianna Blackburn, who collected 23 assists; and Liz Sullivan, who finished with 10 digs and six kills in the win.
DCS returns to action Tuesday against visiting Northside Christian.
Also: Liberty 3, Upper Arlington 0; North Union 3, Buckeye Valley 0; Big Walnut 3, Hayes 0.
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