Anthony Wayne Volleyball Team Sweeps Bowling Green, Napoleon

AW senior Jordan Lee hits the ball against Maumee junior Lexi Uscilowski on August 31. Lee had two kills in the Generals’ 3-0 win over Napoleon on September 5. MIRROR PHOTO BY KEVIN FINNIGAN

BY JOEL SENSENIG | MIRROR SPORTS — The Anthony Wayne volleyball team was looking to rack up wins in the Northern Lakes League following an opening loss to Northview. The Generals (6-1, 3-1 NLL) did that last week, topping league foes Napoleon and BG in sweeping fashion. AW ended the week by defeating last fall’s NLL runner-up, Bowling Green, in a three-game home match, 25-19, 25-14, 25-20. “We needed it,” said AW coach Norm McGhee. “Is there ever a dull moment when we play Bowling Green? Even though we swept them, how many of those plays could have been highlight reels?” The match featured a number of great saves, long rallies and thrilling points in a contest that wasn’t always as lopsided as a sweep would indicate. Senior Emily Ray (three blocks, four digs) led the Generals attack with 10 kills, while classmates Jillian Grant (14 digs) and Yvonne Fullerton pitched in with nine and seven, respectively. Senior Bella Troiani (three kills, two blocks) led the Generals with 19 assists, while sophomore Libby Ludwig dished out 11 to go along with a team-high three aces. Junior Olivia Womack had an ace and 14 digs on the evening. AW’s freshmen in the middle, Lauren Curry and Eva McClure, did a nice job defensively, blocking six and four, respectively. The first game was fairly close throughout, as BG came back from an 11-7 deficit, scoring five straight to take a 12-11 lead following a kill by junior Morgan Watson. A big Curry block led to Anthony Wayne tying it up at 12 and it was back and forth until AW took a 16-15 lead after a BG error. A Fullerton kill closed off the first game with the six-point win for the home team. McGhee said the Generals started spreading the attack out in the second game after Grant didn’t register a single kill in the first, an oddity for AW. “That’s when we started spreading things out,” he said. “They had our middles figured out. They were shutting Lauren down. She had attempts, but they were shutting her down. But we knew if we could get them out of system a little bit, we’d be OK.” The Generals cruised in the second set, running away from the Bobcats following a deadlock at 4-4 early on. After a kill by BG junior Gracyn Amos cut the score to 15-12, AW rattled off six straight points to put it at a more comfortable 21-12. Three kills by Ray and Grant and a Grant ace finished things off with the 25-14 win. The third game was the closest and wildest, with nine ties before the Generals began to separate themselves in the end. Kills by Ray, Troiani and Fullerton and a block by Grant gave AW the five-point game win. After a trip to Springfield earlier this week, the Generals head across the Maumee River to Perrysburg on Thursday, September 14 for a big showdown against the Yellow Jackets (5-3, 4-0 NLL). AW 3, Napoleon 0 Anthony Wayne traveled to Henry County to face Napoleon on September 5, coming away with the 3-0 win, 25-16, 25-15, 25-17. Grant finished with 10 kills and four digs, while Ray’s line included nine kills and five digs. Fullerton had five kills and two blocks, while Troiani had five kills and 13 digs. Ludwig had four aces to go along with eight assists. Curry (three kills, four aces), McClure (three kills, two blocks) and senior Jordan Lee (two kills, two blocks) also contributed in the win. Junior Varsity The JV Generals kept rolling last week as they topped Napoleon and BG to remain undefeated on the season. AW is now 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the NLL. Anthony Wayne defeated Napoleon on September 5, winning 25-5, 26-24. Freshman Taylor Russell led the team with seven kills, while sophomore Sophie Clody paced with 12 digs. Classmate Hanna Sugg was 12-for-13 on serves with three aces, while junior Maddy Contat also recorded three aces on 9-of-10 serving. Two days later, AW defeated BG, 22-25, 25-10, 25-16. Russell had seven kills, followed by freshman Jenna Biedenharm with six. Clody (12 digs) was 14-of-16 serving with two aces, while sophomore Jordan Bachman was 17-of-20 serving with three aces. AW coach Kris Witker said that despite the slow start against BG, the girls stepped things up in the following set. “In practice this week, we worked on talking and energy,” he said. “The girls brought it in the second and third. It was nice to see something we worked on in practice implemented during the game.” Witker said the Generals just need to work on being more consistent. “We’ll have games where our passing is on and games where our hitting is on and games where our setting is on, but not everything at the same time,” he said.

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