By Josh Brown
CENTERVILLE — Twenty-three straight wins.
Eight of them over Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division opponents.
And Saturday, the Troy volleyball team will be looking to add to both numbers, as well as win its second straight Division I sectional championship, after sweeping Sidney in the semifinal round 25-17, 25-22, 25-11 Thursday at Centerville High School.
Troy will face another division rival in Butler — which defeated Fairmont 3-1 in the other semifinal — Saturday at Centerville for the sectional championship. Should the Trojans win, it would continue the program’s longest winning streak and put them in their third district title match in the last four years.
Lauren Freed led Troy with 16 kills, two aces and seven digs. Katie DeMeo added nine kills, seven blocks and a dig, Miranda Silcott had seven kills, an ace, a block and 10 digs, Camryn Moeller had seven kills, two aces, two assists, three blocks and four digs, Drezanee Smith had five kills, an ace, four blocks and three digs and Dana Wynkoop had 30 assists, a kill, three aces and five digs. Victoria Holland added 10 digs and an assist and Kaylie Marshall had a dig.
Saturday’s title match begins at 3 p.m. at Centerville.
Lehman 3, TV 0
TIPP CITY — The third-seeded Lehman Cavaliers cruised through Thursday’s Division IV sectional semifinal round, sweeping No. 22 Tri-Village 25-6, 25-7, 25-13 at Tippecanoe High School to advance to Saturday’s championship game.
Lehman will face No. 7 Catholic Central, a winner in three easy sets over No. 17 Xenia Christian, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Tippecanoe.
* Girls Soccer
Centerville 1, Troy 0
CENTERVILLE — After a narrow 1-0 defeat at Centerville back on Sept. 21, the Troy girls soccer team returned to the scene Thursday looking for payback.
In the end, though, the third-seeded Elks (10-3-4) used the strength of their defense to keep the No. 8 Trojans off the board again, making one first-half goal stand up to hand Troy another 1-0 loss in the second round of the Division I sectional tournament.
“In the first half, they scored on an indirect kick after a foul outside the box. They put one in after the restart,” Troy coach Michael Rasey said. “The girls came out hard and had a lot of energy heading into the game. We had our chances. We had more corners than they did, and a lot of long throw-ins by Kelsey (Walters) that could turn into opportunities. Centerville’s back line was just stout.
“Our effort was there, and the girls believed we could win. We had them on the ropes in the last 10 minutes of the game. We’d send a ball into the box, they’d clear it out and we’d send it right back. We just couldn’t find the back of the net.”
It was the Trojans’ fifth 1-0 loss on the season, with a pair of 1-1 ties thrown in, too. Troy finished the season 8-8-2.
“Give a lot of credit to our defense: our goalkeepers Arianna Garcia and Maddie Innes, as well as defenders Victoria Miller, Lily Clouser, Bailey Hess, Bailey Dornbusch and Meghan Fiessinger. Those were our primary defenders this year, and we had one of the best goals-against averages in the program’s history,” Rasey said. “They played stellar all season long and kept us competitive in most games.”
Centerville will face Northmont, a 2-1 winner over Butler, in Monday’s sectional title game.
Tipp 4, Trotwood 0
TIPP CITY — The second-seeded Tippecanoe Red Devils had little trouble with No. 8 Trotwood (8-8-2) Thursday night, shutting out the Rams 4-0 in the second round of the Division II sectional tournament at Tipp City Park.
Cami Cahill put Tippecanoe (14-0-3) on top with an assist from Holly Bernhold early, then Bernhold scored with an assist from Lauren Lester. Lester then added a pair of goals to seal it, one with an assist from Bernhold and the other on an assist from Cahill.
Tippecanoe will face No. 4 Carroll, which upset No. 3 Bellbrook 1-0 in two overtimes, Monday at Piqua for the sectional championship.
TC 2, NE 0
TROY — After an overtime victory to start the Division III sectional tournament, Troy Christian made sure there was a bit less doubt in its second-round game.
The seventh-seeded Eagles (9-7-2) got a pair of goals and freshman keeper Cara Salazar and the Troy Christian defense shut No. 10 Northeastern down in a 2-0 victory Thursday in the sectional semifinal round.
Troy Christian will take on No. 1 Lehman — a team they tied 1-1 back on Aug. 27 in the season’s opening week — Monday at Sidney High School in the sectional championship game.
Lehman 3, Anna 1
SIDNEY — Hannah Fogt had a goal and an assist Thursday night, leading the top-seeded Lehman Cavaliers (12-4-1) to a 3-1 Division III sectional semifinal victory over fifth-seeded Anna (14-4) at home.
Fogt scored the game’s first goal, then she set up a score by Grace Olding. Madison Cline added an insurance goal on an assist from Grace Monnin, and the Cavs held on for the win.
Lehman will now face Troy Christian Monday at Sidney High School for the sectional title.
NW 1, ME 0
CASSTOWN — No. 3 Miami East fell behind by a goal by halftime, and the young Vikings could not recover as No. 4 Northwestern held on for a 1-0 victory in the Division III sectional semifinal round Thursday at Miami East.
The Vikings, which finished the season 9-5-2, also lost 2-1 to the Warriors in the season’s first week, back on Aug. 26.
Northwestern (10-6-2) will face No. 2 West Liberty-Salem, a 3-0 winner over No. 8 Botkins, Monday at Fairmont in the sectional title game.
Greeneview 3, Bethel 0
JAMESTOWN — The sixth-seeded Bethel Bees’ season came to an end Thursday in the second round of the Division III sectional tournament in a 3-0 loss at No. 5 Greeneview.
Bethel finished the season 8-8-1. Greeneview will take on No. 3 Milton-Union in the sectional title game Monday at Franklin High School.
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