It’s been a pretty good couple of days for Liberty-Benton’s volleyball team.
After beating Leipsic in a matchup of unbeaten, state-ranked teams on Monday, Liberty-Benton posted another key Blanchard Valley Conference win on Wednesday by knocking off Hopewell-Loudon 25-19, 31-29, 25-13.
L-B, ranked 14th in the Division III state polls, improved its record to 10-0 overall and 4-0 in the BVC. It was Hopewell-Loudon’s first loss in four BVC matches and only its third in 11 games overall.
Coupled with Arlington’s (8-1, 4-0) win over Van Buren and Leipsic’s (8-1, 3-1) victory over McComb (5-6, 3-1), Liberty-Benton’s outcome also left just two teams still unbeaten in the BVC. Those two league-leaders will clash at Liberty-Benton on October 4.
L-B’s Alissa Rhodes was 111 for 112 setting and Caitlin Elseser, Schy Shepherd and Hannah Warrington cashed in her 35 assists at the net. Elseser was 27 for 29 spiking with 10 kills and two blocks and Shepherd 19 for 20 spiking with nine kills and three blocks. Warrington (19 digs) had eight kills, Hannah Otley five and Ellory Schroeder four. Rhodes also had 16 digs and Chloe MIller had 12.
Kenadee Siebenaller (3 blocks) and Jacque Burns both had nine kills for Hopewell-Loudon. Chelsey Depinet had 23 digs and Hailey Coppus had 23 assists.
HOPEWELL-LOUDON (8-3, 3-1 BVC)
ACES: Chelsey Depinet 2. KILLS: Kenadee Siebenaller 9, Jacque Burns 9. ASSISTS: Hailey Coppus 23. DIGS: Depinet 23. BLOCKS: Siebenaller 3.
LIBERTY-BENTON (10-0, 4-0 BVC)
SERVING: Abby Reynolds 15-15, Chloe Miller 13-13. ACES: Hannah Warrington 3. KILLS: Caitlin Elseser 10, Schy Shepherd 9, Warrington 8, Hannah Otley 5, Ellory Schroeder 4. SPIKING: Elseser 27-29, Shepherd 19-20. ASSISTS: Alissa Rhodes 35. SETTING: Rhodes 111-112. DIGS: Warrington 19, Rhodes 16, Miller 12. BLOCKS: Elseser 2, Shepherd 3.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Hopewell-Loudon, 25-15, 25-23.
FRESHMEN: Hopewell-Loudon, 25-18, 25-9.
VAN BUREN 1
VAN BUREN — Hannah Willow collected 10 kills and six blocks as Arlington remained unbeaten in Blanchard Valley Conference play with a 25-21, 25-19, 19-25, 25-19 victory over Van Buren.
Alyssa Jordan handed out 36 assists and made six digs, Addy Lafferty and Moriah Helms had six digs apiece, and Olivia Griggs and Lindsay Dodds each served for a pair of aces as the Red Devils raised their overall record to 8-1 and remained tied for first place in the BVC with Liberty-Benton at 4-0.
Lindsey Shaw, Lydia Reineke and Mackenzie Saltzman each put away seven kills for the Black Knights (5-4, 1-3 BVC), with Shaw also notching 27 assists and two aces and Reineke adding a pair of blocks. Faith Dewalt came up with 19 digs.
ARLINGTON (8-1, 4-0 BVC)
ACES: Olivia Griggs & Lindsay Dodds 2, Alyssa Jordan & Addy Lafferty 1. KILLS: Hannah Willow 10, Lafferty 9, Griggs 8. ASSISTS: Jordan 36, Dodds 11. DIGS: Lafferty, Jordan, Moriah Helms 6. BLOCKS: Willow 6, Sarah Solt 3, Griggs & Kylie Rausch 2.
VAN BUREN (5-4, 1-3 Bvc)
SERVING: Jessica Rinehart 15-15, Mackenzie Saltzman & Faith Dewalt 11-11. ACES: Lindsey Shaw 2, Saltzman & Dewalt 1. KILLS: Lydia Reineke, Shaw & Saltzman 7. ASSISTS: Shaw 27. SETTING: Shaw 47-47. DIGS: Dewalt 19, Saltzman 16, Rinehart 9. BLOCKS: Reineke 2, Saltzman 1.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Arlington, 25-14, 22-25, 25-16.
FRESHMEN: Arlington, 25-10, 25-16.
MOUNT BLANCHARD — Mallory Laveglia was near-perfect serving with six aces as Arcadia swept Riverdale 25-12, 25-14, 25-10 for its first Blanchard Valley Conference win of the season.
Laveglia served 20 of 21 and added seven digs, while Tori Green led with 11 kills and a block for the Redskins (4-5, 1-3 BVC). Sydney Ramsey added a team-high 16 digs and served 12 of 13.
Tayler Ashburn led the Falcons (0-9, 0-4 BVC) with four aces, four blocks and three kills. Jessica Johnston led with five kills.
arcadia (4-5, 1-3 bvc)
SERVING: Mallory Laveglia 20-21, Caity Cramer 14-14, Sydney Ramsey 12-13, Samantha Watkins 10-11. ACES: Laveglia 6. KILLS: Tori Green 11, Watkins 7, Emma Saltzman 7. SPIKING: Green 22-26, Saltzman 19-20, Lyndee Ward 17-19. ASSISTS: Cramer 35. DIGS: Ramsey 16, Laveglia 7, Watkins & Ward 6. BLOCKS: Saltzman, Green & Megan Mock 1.
riverdale (0-9, 0-4 bvc)
ACES: Tayler Ashburn 4. KILLS: Jessica Johnston 5, Ashburn 3. ASSISTS: Madyson Walter 22. BLOCKS: Ashburn 4.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Arcadia 25-7, 25-19.
Elmwood’s Tyson is 4th
BOWLING GREEN — Elmwood’s Taylor Tyson tied for fourth individually with a 52 and the Royals also finished fourth out of six teams at the Northern Buckeye Conference girls golf shootout at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green on Wednesday.
Lake topped Rossford 217-223 for the team title followed by Otsego (225), Elmwood (227), Eastwood (246) and Genoa (250).
Eastwood’s Karis Cherko was the medalist with a 49 as the only player to score under 50.
Also competing for Elmwood were Kaylie Kingery (56), Taylor Merritt (59) and Haley Zimmerman (60).
Van Buren ties Bluffton
VAN BUREN — Van Buren and Bluffton played to a 2-2 draw in Wednesday’s nonleague match.
Kayla White and Laykin Garmatter netted goals for the Pirates (2-1-3). White and Averey Rumer each had an assist and goalkeeper Hannah Yost stopped three shots.
Lisa Simmons, scored on a penalty kick, and Hannah Missler also tallied for the Black Knights (3-3-2). Annie Mowrey added an assist with Jewelya Hutchison matching Yost with three saves.
goals: (Blu) Kayla White & Laykin Garmatter 1; (VB) Hannah Missler & Lisa Simmons 1. Assists: (Blu) Averey Rumer & White 1; (VB) Annie Mowrey 1. shots-on-goal: Bluffton 5, Van Buren 5. saves: (Blu) Hannah Yost 3; (VB) Jewelya Hutchison 3.
records: Bluffton 2-1-3, Van Buren 3-3-2.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Van Buren 1-0.