CELINA — Unforced service errors are a momentum killer in volleyball and Wapakoneta had too many of them Tuesday night at Celina in a Western Buckeye League matchup.
Add in the fact that the Bulldogs were extremely strong at the net and the final result was a 25-16, 26-24, 25-10 sweep for Celina.
With the loss, the Redskins fall to 11-6 (4-2 WBL) while Celina improves to 11-7 (5-1 WBL) with both teams chasing after Ottawa-Glandorf, which remains unbeaten in league play.
Celina jumped out to a quick 8-4 lead in the first set and the Bulldogs’ strength at the net proved more than the Redskins could handle. McKenna Black, Hannah Rasawehr, and Maddy Luebke were the Bulldogs’ leading hitters in the match.
The Redskins countered with Sarah Pothast and Makenzie Miller at the net but they were simply out-numbered by Bulldogs.
Wapakoneta bounced back in the second set and tied the score six different times, the last at 24-24, before Celina scored the final points to grab a 26-24 win. Black had a huge kill for the 25th point before the Bulldogs scored the winning point.
“That second set showed our team who we are and what we can do.” Redskins coach Kim Selvey said. “They are a very good team and you can’t have as many errors as we had; plus the timing for many of those errors was bad.”
The third set got off to another quick start for the Bulldogs as they rode early blocks by Black and Luebke to a 9-4 lead. Celina got key kills from Black and Hannah Rasawehr and coasted to a 25-10 win.
“We did a nice job to keep them out of system; we held on to serve and were aggressive.” Celina coach Amy Sutter said. “When our passes were there we gave our hitters a chance to hit and they killed the ball.”
The Redskins were paced by Sarah Pothast who totaled 10 kills to go along with two blocks. Kayla Crawford had 9 digs while libero Alexa Lambert added 7 for Wapakoneta. Carly Lange paced the Redskins with 19 assists in the match.
Carly McNeilan had three aces, Luebke had eight kills and five blocks, Rasawehr had eight kills and seven digs and Paige Duncan had 17 assists to lead the Bulldogs.
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