By Josh Brown
MIDDLETOWN — After the first set at Fenwick Wednesday, things didn’t look good to Troy volleyball coach Michelle Owen.
“In the first set, we came out so flat,” she said. “I was like, this is not going to end well. We’re going to come down here and lay a giant egg, and people will say that Troy is 10-2 but only played two good teams and lost to them both badly.”
A funny thing happened on the way to the blowout, though.
The Trojans fought back.
Troy (11-1) flipped the script and blasted the Falcons in the second game, then the two teams split hard-fought third and fourth sets to force a decisive fifth one. The Trojans rallied from a late deficit there, as well, scoring the final point of the match on a combination block to defeat Fenwick 16-25, 25-13, 21-25, 25-18, 18-16 Wednesday night on the road.
“I was so proud of the girls,” Owen said. “It was sweet. After we got some momentum in Set 2, I thought if we’re going down, it’s going to be a battle. And our kids answered. There were key moments, especially in Game 5, and our kids answered every time.”
Fenwick entered the night ranked No. 12 in the state in Division II, but the Trojans — who are fighting for the top seed in the Dayton area’s sectional tournament — got enormous performances from everyone, but especially its big three.
Camryn Moeller had a monstrous night with 29 kills, 17 digs, three aces and two blocks — including the one to seal the match along with Gabbi Johnson. Katie DeMeo added 17 kills, seven blocks, two digs, an ace and an assist and Miranda Silcott had 10 kills, 13 digs, two aces and two blocks.
Victoria Holland had six aces to go with 16 digs and three assists, Katie Jackson had 30 assists, five digs and an ace, Dana Wynkoop had 14 assists, three digs and an ace and Payton Riley had two kills and three digs. Johnson added two blocks, an assist and a dig, Lauren Schmitz had a block and Alexa Holland had a dig.
“Sets 3 and 4 were both close, then Set 5 was back and forth,” Owen said. “We got up early but fell behind, were down 12-9 and Katie wasn’t on the court. But everyone answered. Camryn just had a monster night, and this was probably our best blocking match of the season. With us up 15-14 in Set 5, Kearston Riley came in and put a big serve in, and the girls were all able to go out, be aggressive and find ways to score points. On game point, Cam and Gabbi had a block to win it. I was proud of them all.”
Troy hosted West Carrollton Thursday in a match that was not complete at time of press. The Trojans host Xenia Tuesday.
KETTERING — Every match was tough, for a variety of reasons.
In the end, though, the Troy tennis team (13-3) dropped a narrow 3-2 decision to Fairmont on the road Wednesday in a match that featured three three-setters — all three of those including tiebreakers.
At first singles, Hannah Essick won 6-2, default, and at third singles, Ashley Bruns won 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (6).
“It was a long, hard-fought match — which our team needed,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “The match of the day was Ashley, who lost the first set 6-1 and was trailing 4-1 and 5-2 before making a comeback to win the second. Then she was up 4-1 in the third, only to have it tied at 6-6. She trailed 4-0 and 6-3 in the tiebreaker before rallying to win 8-6 in about three-and-a-half hours.”
At second singles, Maggie Hennessy lost another close match, 6-4, 6-4. At first doubles, Katie Sherrick and Hailey Taylor lost 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-2. And at second doubles, Jackie Fulker and Emma Kazmaier lost 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2.
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe (14-4) bounced back from its loss the day before with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Carroll at home Wednesday.
At third singles, Jordan Jones won 6-0, 6-2. At first doubles, Ladia Coning and Alyssa Stewart won 6-1, 6-2. At second doubles, Anna Kueterman and Claire Wint won 6-2, 6-0.
At first singles, Kennedy Reeder lost 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Sophia McDowell lost 6-1, 6-4.
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WEST MILTON — Milton-Union was victorious on Senior Night Wednesday, defeating Valley View 4-1 in Southwestern Buckeye League crossover play.
At first singles, Ashley Wombold won 6-1, 6-2. At second singles, Abby Hissong won 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Rachel Rock won by default. At second doubles, Mercedes Farmer and Laura Billing won 6-3, 6-0.
At first doubles, Caitlin Bushelman and Hannah Fugate lost 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8).
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SIDNEY — Lehman fell to 0-13 on Senior Night Wednesday, losing 5-0 to St. Marys.
At first singles, Claire Larger lost 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-4). At second singles, Sarah Gibson lost 6-1, 6-0. At third singles, Angela Brunner lost 6-1, 6-0. At first doubles, Melanie Brunner and Alex Read lost 6-2, 6-3. At second doubles, Sarah Kramer and Alison Briggs lost 6-0, 6-2.
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TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe girls soccer team (8-0-1, 6-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) remained undefeated Wednesday night, handing new division rival Sidney its first league loss in the process in a 5-1 victory at home.
Lauren Weimer had a goal and an assist, while Sidney Ignet, Katie Kramer, Lexi Polansky and Alexa Spiller each had a goal,
Tippecanoe travels to Piqua Saturday.
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