By Josh Brown
GREENVILLE — Thanks to the Greater Western Ohio Conference’s new alignment, the Troy volleyball team was forced to start division play in its season opener.
The Trojans didn’t let that slow them down.
Troy, the four-time defending champion which won 20 consecutive North Division games before the league was realigned this season, began play in the GWOC American North Division Tuesday night with a dominant win on the road at Greenville, defeating the Green Wave 25-13, 25-9, 25-11 to begin the season.
“Tonight, we were happy to start GWOC American North play with a good win and a good overall combined team effort,” Troy coach Michelle Owen said.
Camryn Moeller led the Trojans (1-0, 1-0 GWOC American North) with 11 kills and 11 digs, Miranda Silcott had seven kills and three digs, Payton Riley had six kills and two blocks, Katie DeMeo had five kills and two blocks, Gabbi Johnson four kills and a block, Victoria Holland had eight digs and Katie Jackson had 32 assists and two digs.
Troy travels to Sidney Thursday.
Tipp 3, Sidney 0
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe’s volleyball team entered the Greater Western Ohio Conference on the right note Tuesday night, sweeping Sidney 25-17, 25-18, 29-27 to win its first ever game in American North Division play.
Emily Shuk had eight kills and seven blocks, Taylor Prall added eight kills and 17 digs, Natalie Seeman had five kills, Brooke Aselage had eight digs and three aces, Audrey Trick had two aces and Isabel Crow had 23 assists to lead the Red Devils (2-0, 1-0 GWOC American North).
Tippecanoe continues its first trip through division play Thursday at Piqua.
JC 3, Covington 0
COVINGTON — Covington faced off against defending Division IV state champin Jackson Center Tuesday night, falling 25-13, 25-12, 25-12 at home.
Legend Patty led the Buccaneers (0-2) with eight kills, two blocks and four digs, Rachel York added four kills and four digs, Lili Hamilton had three kills and two blocks, Breanna Kimmel had three kills, Ashley Cecil had seven digs, Lindsey Kimmel had four digs and Bre Dieperink had 17 assists and three digs.
Covington travels to Anna Monday.
* Boys Golf
Troy 163, Sidney 201
TROY — Holden Scribner started the day hot, and his Trojan teammates followed suit as the Troy boys golf team defeated Sidney 163-201 in Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play Tuesday at Miami Shores.
Scribner was medalist with a 1-under-par 35. Keaton Pfeiffer shot 41, Nate Uhlenbrock shot 43, Jack Johnston and Ryan McClurg both shot 44 and Austin Rank shot 48.
“Holden played extremely well,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “He eagled No. 1 and birdied No. 3, and he probably drove the ball as well as he has all year. And as a team, we played much better, much more focused today. Which is good, because we’ll need that with two big matches coming up next week — beginning with Butler a week from today. We’ve got one week to get out game lined up.”
Troy travels to Butler Tuesday.
M-U 179, Northridge 262
DAYTON — Milton-Union cruised to a Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division victory on Tuesday, defeating host Northridge 179-262 at Kittyhawk Golf Course.
Phil Brumbaugh was medalist for the Bulldogs with a 39. Parker Puthoff shot 42, Justin Brown shot 48 and Aaron Brown shot 50 for Milton-Union, which hosted Newton Wednesday.
Troy 5, Fairborn 0
FAIRBORN — With matches against new Greater Western Ohio Conference sister division rivals in the American South counting toward its own American North Division championship, the Troy tennis team’s match at Fairborn Tuesday carried a lot of weight.
The Trojans didn’t let that affect them, though, as they went out and swept the Skyhawks 5-0 to improve to 1-0 in American North play and 3-1 overall.
At first singles, Hannah Essick defeated Brooklyn Hunter 6-0, 6-2. At second singles, Maggie Hennessy defeated Acadia Wulf 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Ashley Bruns defeated Kylas Secrest 6-1, 6-2. At first doubles, Katie Sherrick and Hailey Taylor defeated Preslee Chapman and Shayna Osborne 6-1, 6-1. And at second doubles, Jackie Fulker and Emma Kazmaier won 6-1, 6-0.
Troy hosts Stebbins Thursday.
M-U 4, Northridge 1
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union kicked off Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play with a convincing win Tuesday, defeating Northridge 4-1.
All four of the matches Milton-Union won were by 6-0, 6-0 scores. At second singles, Abby Hissong won. At third singles, Rachel Rock won. At first doubles, Cailtyn Bushelman and Hannah Fugate won. At second doubles, Mercedes Farmer and Laura Billing won. And at first singles, Ashley Wombold lost a tough match, 7-5, 6-1.
Milton-Union hosts Preble Shawnee Thursday.
Beavercreek ‘B’ 4,
SIDNEY — Lehman fell to 0-6 on the season but prevented a shutout against Beavercreek’s “B” team, falling 4-1 Tuesday.
At first singles, Sarah Gibson won 6-2, 4-6, 14-12. At second singles, Alex Read lost 6-1, 6-1. At third singles, Melanie Brunner lost 6-1, 6-0. At first doubles, Ann Pennaparra and Angela Brunner lost 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Kiera Burns and Alison Briggs lost 6-0, 6-2.
* Boys Soccer
Bethel 5, M-U 1
BRANDT — The Bethel boys soccer team started strong, building a comfortable 4-0 lead by halftime and holding on from there to defeat Milton-Union 5-1 Tuesday night.
Tyler Brueckman had three goals and an assist to lead the Bees (2-0), Daniel Ross had a goal and an assist, Nick Schmidt had a goal and Aiden Flomerfelt, Luke Moorefield and Korry Hamlin each had an assist.
“I thought we played a pretty good first half. We worked the ball effectively from the sides to the middle and got a good deal of dangerous looks,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “The second half was not quite the same, as Milton came out and played with more intensity than us, and we got satisfied with just trying to play the ball through and not working it the way we did in the first half. Our goalie Alex van Haaren made some good saves or it could have been a very interesting game down the stretch.”
Josh Daum converted a penalty kick for the lone score for Milton-Union (0-1).
Milton-Union hosts Greenville Thursday, while Bethel hosts Brookville Saturday.
Other scores: Tippecanoe (2-0) 4, Xenia 0. Piqua (1-0) 8, Trotwood 1.
* Girls Soccer
M-U 2, Bethel 1
BRANDT — Milton-Union sophomore Kristen Dickison scored a pair of goals Tuesday night, leading the Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory over Bethel.
After a scoreless first half, Sierra Gostomsky assisted on Dickison’s first goal to put the Bulldogs (2-0) on top, but Bethel tied the score. Dickison scored again on a feed from Danielle McFarland with 9:49 to play to win the game.
Bethel hosts Wayne Thursday, while Milton-Union is off until Sept. 1 when it hosts Preble Shawnee.
Lehman 2, TC 0
SIDNEY — Troy Christian (1-1) put up a fight against local rival Lehman on the road Tuesday night, but in the end the Cavaliers were able to hold on for a 2-0 victory over the Eagles.
Kaitrin O’Leary and Grace Monnin each scored a goal for Lehman (1-0-1), which hosts Allen East Thursday. Troy Christian, meanwhile, travels to St. Ursula on Saturday.
* Girls Golf
ME 209, SCC 236
SPRINGFIELD — Miami East’s girls golf team improved to 4-1 on the season, defeating Springfield Catholic Central 209-236 Tuesday at Reid Park.
Freshman Paige Lawson led the Vikings with a 50. Emily Rowley, Maggie Bergman and Marissa Kearns all shot 53, Maci Krites shot 60 and Annelise Lagan shot 67.
Miami East will host an invitational tournament Saturday at Lakeland Golf Course.
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