LIMA – Celina showed it deserved to be co-champs of the Western Buckeye League and Michaela Wenning proved she was worthy of her player of the year honor.
The end result for the number-one seeded Bulldogs was a three game win over Elida on Saturday afternoon at Lima Senior and the right to move on to district play at Leipsic High School.
Elida played Celina tight the first two games but still found itself facing a 0-2 deficit going to the third game of the match. Celina took the first two games by scores of 25-23 and 25-21 after overcoming early Elida leads in both games.
Celina was able to score three or four points in a row while Elida was mostly held to one or two point serves.
“Even good teams have weaknesses and we felt we could take advantage of some holes we thought they had defensively,” Elida coach Kevin King said. “We stuck with them the first two games but then their strength took over in the third game.”
Celina took the third game by a 25-11 margin and did most of the damage at the net. A 9-0 scoring spurt saw the Celina lead grow from 4-3 to 13-3.
Wenning, Kourtney Fark, and Madison Weininger continually scored on kills that the Elida defense was unable to handle.
“They doubled up on us in kills,” King said. They are a very nice team; but I am proud of my girls, we forced them to beat us.”
Summer Grogg paced the Elida attack with eight kills while Torie McAdams added five kills. McAdams also added three blocks while Katie Hawk added 12 assists.
Elida bows out at 10-14 while Celina advanced to district play with a 15-9 record.
The Bulldogs will return to action at 7:30 pm Wednesday at Leipsic where they will meet the winner of the Bryan/Wauseon matchup.
St. Marys 3, Van Wert 0
LIMA - In Saturday’s other Division II sectional matchup at Lima Senior, the Roughriders advanced with a
25-13, 25-15, 15-25, 25-18 victory.
Reagan Aller had 19 kills, Erika Angstmann had 18 kills, Mallory Kill had 31 digs and Natalie Kuenning had 41 assists for
St. Marys (13-11).