ELIDA — Last volleyball season, New Bremen lost to Tiffin Calvert in the Division IV state championship match.
The rematch is set.
However, the same two teams will meet Saturday in a Division IV regional final at the Elida Fieldhouse. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
Thursday night in a regional semifinal, Tiffin Calvert (25-1) rolled past Miller City (22-4) in straight sets – 25-15, 25-15, 25-15.
In Thursday’s first regional semifinal at the Elida Fieldhouse, New Bremen (25-1) swept Midwest Athletic Conference foe St. Henry (23-3) 25-19, 25-21, 25-20.
“We’re going to have to show up, ready to play,” Tiffin Calvert head coach Lori Rombach said about Saturday’s rematch with New Bremen. “New Bremen is obviously a great team. They’re well-coached. They have a lot of history. But these girls love to play. … They love the challenge.”
Tiffin Calvert established itself, early, Thursday night.
In the first set, Tiffin Calvert jumped out to an 8-2 lead. The Senecas were strong around the net. Hannah Miller had four kills in that early run for Tiffin Calvert.
Tiffin Calvert’s largest lead was 12, 18-6.
The Senecas rolled to the 10-point victory in the first set.
Abi Teders and Abi Lammers each had two kills for Miller City in the first set.
In the first set, Tiffin Calvert’s serve was on mark as the Senecas recorded three aces.
Miller City got out to an early 7-0 lead to open the second set.
Abi Lammers and Sofie Van Wezel each had two big blocks for Miller City.
However, Tiffin Calvert responded.
The Senecas rallied to knot the game at 10. Zoe Meyer and Ashlyn Jones each had two kills in that spurt for Tiffin Calvert.
Tiffin Calvert then went on a 6-0 run to pull out to a 16-10 lead.
The Senecas went on to close out the second set, winning by 10.
Jones ended the night with 13 kills, 21 digs and two aces.
In the third set, Tiffin Calvert took control right from the start. Jones knocked down five kills in that final set.
“They have a strong net,” Miller City head coach Kari Wenzinger said about Tiffin Calvert. “They dig everything up. I thought we played really well on serve/receive.”
“They just have a super strong net. Their setter is fantastic. They run a fast offense and we really struggled to keep up.”
Added Rombach, “I think we can pass so much better. In the first set, we had to work a little bit harder. We can handle their serve a lot better. We can do things better than we did tonight. But hey, this is a win. We’re going to take this win and celebrate it.”
New Bremen 3,
St. Henry 0
During the regular season, St. Henry handed New Bremen its only loss as it defeated the Cardinals in a hard-fought five-set match.
However, in Thursday’s Division IV regional semifinal match at the Elida Fieldhouse, things played out a little differently.
This time around, New Bremen swept St. Henry in three sets – 25-19, 25-21, 25-20.
In Thursday night’s first set, New Bremen jumped out to a 6-1 lead, forcing St. Henry to call a quick timeout.
The Redskins regrouped and battled back, cutting the deficit to two points, twice. However, New Bremen closed out the first set down the stretch to notch a 4-point victory.
The front-line play of the Cardinals proved to be the difference in the second set. Claire Pape had a couple key kills late to help spur the Cardinals.
In the second set, New Bremen started strong, but St. Henry responded.
The scored was knotted three times before the Cardinals finally pulled away for a 4-point win.
Macy Puthoff led New Bremen in that second set with seven kills.
In the third set, St. Henry finally opened with a lead.
The Redskins’ largest lead was 5, 14-9.
However, New Bremen battled back and knotted the score at 14.
The Cardinals then went on an 11-1 run to pull out to a 20-15 lead.
New Bremen held on for the 5-point win in that third and final set.
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