WELLSVILLE - With the end of the ITCL season nearing, Wellsville took a huge step toward securing the Lower Tier title with a victory Tuesday against visiting Columbiana.
The Tigers (14-3 overall) kept its perfect league record intact with a 25-23, 25-13, 25-14 victory.
Wellsville is now 9-0 in the ITCL and Columbiana (9-6) drops to 8-2 in league play.
Southern Local’s Kati Hipsley (7) sends the ball over the net as a Leetonia player attempts a block during ITCL action Tuesday at Leetonia High School. Game results not reported. (Photo by J.T. Higgins)
"This was a big win tonight," Wellsville coach Dan McKinstry said. "We beat them in 5 (games) in a dogfight at their place, so this is a big one. We found our way in the first one and in the second game we established ourselves early and in the third game we did the same, and then we just played."
Shayna Hamilton had 34 assists for the winners, Maleya Fultz tallied 10 kills, Sarah Skinner added 7 kills and 2 blocks, McKenna Pierson had 3 aces and 9 kills, Jayla Martin produced 9 kills, Brittany Clendenning finished with 6 kills and 2 blocks, and Angelica Scarabino recorded 18 digs.
"We played pretty solidly tonight," McKinstry said. "We really haven't had a full practice the last two weeks, and I was a little concerned. But they were really focused. I'm real happy with how we played."
It doesn't get any easier tonight, according to the coach, as the Tigers play host to Heartland Christian. The game, he says, could play a role in seeding come tournament time as both the Tigers and Heartland will be considered for the second seed behind Jackson-Milton.
The Wellsville JVs also won, 25-22, 25-12 to improve to 12-4. Mystic Beatty led the locals with 15 assists and 3 aces, while Cheynne Corbin, Ashley Bennett and Rachel Drysdale each collected 7 kills.
Beavers top Niles
NILES - Beaver Local pushed itself above the .500 mark Tuesday with a dominating 25-16, 25-6, 25-7 AAC win at Niles.
Tanner Dolhun finished with 7 spikes, 8 kills and 5 blocks for the Beavers, Lani Roberts had 3 aces, 4 points, 2 digs, and 1 kill, Sierra Wright had 7 points, 4 sets, 3 assists, 3 spikes, and 2 kills, McKenzie Davis finished with 9 points, 7 digs, 12 sets and 6 assists, Danna Talbott totaled 2 aces, 3 points, 7 spikes and 3 kills.
Also for the locals, Lynsey Reckner had 4 digs, Nevada Dobbs had 3 points, 3 spikes and 6 kills, Sierra Jones totaled 4 spikes, 2 kills, 1 block and 3 assists, Miranda Turkovich had 3 spikes, 1 kill and 1 block, Ali Buchheit produced 1 ace, 5 points, 6 digs, 10 sets, 10 assists, 5 spikes and 2 kills, Courtney Messenger had 1 ace, 12 points and 2 digs, and Ashton Roberts tallied 3 aces.
The varsity improves the Beavers to 9-8.
In JV action, Beaver Local (14-3) won 25-10, 25-15 as Lynsey Reckner and Courtney Messenger each produced 6 points and Sam Kemdell scored 5.