Pioneers, Braves split OCC crown


Beat Wolves, Pacers in OCC finales

Orange’s Leah Howser (13) tips a shot over a pair of Big Walnut defenders during an OCC-Capital Division clash earlier this week in Sunbury. The Pioneers, who rallied from two sets down to win, claimed a share of the conference crown with another key win in Wednesday’s finale.

Orange’s Leah Howser (13) tips a shot over a pair of Big Walnut defenders during an OCC-Capital Division clash earlier this week in Sunbury. The Pioneers, who rallied from two sets down to win, claimed a share of the conference crown with another key win in Wednesday’s finale.


By Ben Stroup

bstroup@aimmedianetwork.com

Like the schools’ girls soccer teams did just one night earlier, the Olentangy and Orange volleyball squads handled their business Wednesday, earning a share of the OCC-Capital Division title with wins in their regular-season finales.

The Braves, who were celebrating senior night, knocked off visiting Hayes in straight sets. They beat the Pacers 25-8 in the first before sealing the deal with back-to-back 25-13 wins.

“We’re playing well at the right time,” Olentangy coach Michelle Mimna said after watching her team improve to 15-7 overall and 11-3 in league play.

Nhu Do led the Braves with eight kills and seven aces while Lauren Judge chipped in five kills, six aces and 1.5 blocks.

Just down the road, meanwhile, the Pioneers secured their share of the title — the first in program history — with an impressive four-set win over Worthington Kilbourne.

Orange, which rallied from two sets down in hostile territory for a key 3-2 win Tuesday at Big Walnut, got off to a much better start against the Wolves. The Pioneers won the first two sets by respective scores of 25-15 and 25-14. Kilbourne won the third 25-22 to stay alive, but Orange sealed the deal with a 25-21 win in the fourth.

Next up, Olentangy will host Walnut Ridge in the first round of the Division I District Tournament Tuesday in Lewis Center.

Orange, the sixth seed, will host Mifflin in Monday’s tourney opener.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Ohio Wesleyan 3, Denison 0

MEN’S SOCCER

Ohio Wesleyan 7, Wooster 0

WOMEN’S SOCCER

DePauw 1, Ohio Wesleyan 0

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Orange’s Leah Howser (13) tips a shot over a pair of Big Walnut defenders during an OCC-Capital Division clash earlier this week in Sunbury. The Pioneers, who rallied from two sets down to win, claimed a share of the conference crown with another key win in Wednesday’s finale.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/10/web1_oovb.jpgOrange’s Leah Howser (13) tips a shot over a pair of Big Walnut defenders during an OCC-Capital Division clash earlier this week in Sunbury. The Pioneers, who rallied from two sets down to win, claimed a share of the conference crown with another key win in Wednesday’s finale.
Beat Wolves, Pacers in OCC finales