OTTAWA — St. Marys has endured a tough opening to the season playing some of the best competition in northwest Ohio and not being able to record a win.
Things did not get any better entering Western Buckeye League after Ottawa-Glandorf dominated the Roughriders in straight sets, 25-9, 25-15 and 25-17 Thursday night.
The Titans remain unbeaten on the season at 5-0 and 1-0 in the WBL while the Roughriders remain winless at 0-7 and 0-1 in the league.
The Titans, the defending WBL champions, steamrolled through all three sets. The only time the Roughriders led in a set came in the third game when St. Marys scored the first point to go up 1-0.
In the first two games, O-G opened up leads of 11-3 in the first two games to establish themselves. In the third game after going up 1-0, the Riders were outscored 10-2.
Titan head coach Ann Ellerbrock said it was good to open the league with a victory.
“It is hard to believe that it is this time of the season and our first WBL match,” Ellerbrock said. “We want to take each game as it comes to us and we had a great Coldwater Invitational and we are playing at a pretty high level.”
At the invitational the Titans got a glimpse of St. Marys which also participated in the tournament so Ellerbrock and her staff had a preview of what to expect from the Roughriders.
“We planned accordingly and executed our plan,” Ellerbrock said.
First-year St. Marys head coach Cierra Anderson warned her girls to expect the Titans unrelenting balanced attack.
“They are a solid team all the way around,” Anderson said. “We saw them at the Coldwater Invitational so we knew what they were going to bring and we fell to them tonight.”
Anderson added that this was a huge wake-up for her girls of what to expect in the always competitive WBL.
Ellerbrock said that the Titans had a lot of contributions from different players.
Titan Taylor Alt led O-G with 12 kills and also recorded 10 digs. Teammate Eric Annesser had eight kills, 18 digs and three aces and Kendra Ellerbrock dished out 21 assists. Also producing was Claire Eiden with 11 digs and Alaina Schmoeller with six kills. Eight different Titans notched kills on the night.
“Our stats show that our kills are not lopsided and that no one girl is getting fed all the balls so it is hard to defend or scout us to decide who is going to get all our kills,” Ellerbrock said. “Our right side did a good job tonight. Alaina Schomeller had a really nice game and Saleigha Ellerbrock did as well. We do have some power hitters and the setters did a nice job distributing the job.”
Due to the Titans’ strong play, Ann Ellerbrock got a number of players valuable court time and said this could be a factor later in the season..
For St. Marys the kills were few and far between as the Titan defense either stonewalled the Riders at the net or handled St. Marys’ strong spikes.
Anderson said she did take some positives away from the loss and was encouraged by her team continuing to battle throughout the night.
“I thought our blocking was pretty good tonight,” Anderson said. “It was broken down in the first set but in the last two and at the end of the first we started to come back a little bit. I thought our blocking was definitely something we could take home and definitely benefit. Our defense started to get better but it was a bit wishy-washy and I told the girls that they are going to hit shots and they are going out-smart us because that is our job to do to them and they definitely beat us in that aspect.”
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468