Lady Dawgs drop five-game heartbreaker in volleyball

Lady Dawgs drop five-game heartbreaker in volleyball

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Lady Dawgs drop five-game heartbreaker in volleyball

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After more than two hours on the court, it appeared Tri-Valley was in position to win the fifth and decisive set in its Division II sectional volleyball match Thursday against New Philadelphia.

However, the Lady Quakers outscored the Lady Dawgs 8-3 to win the fifth set 15-12 and advance to the sectional title game Saturday t against the winner of River View and Morgan. That match was ongoing at press time.

Taylor Affolter had four consecutive service points and Laini Leindecker came up with a kill on match point to finish things for New Philadelphia.

The Quakers jumped out of the gate to a 3-0 lead in the first set and never looked back as Sara Gerber and Abby Hammary had blocks in a 25-18 win.

It was more of the same in the second set as New Philadelphia raced to a 9-4 lead only to see Tri-Valley come roaring back.

The Lady Dawgs fought off seven set points and pulled out a 36-34 win.

“It was big to get (the second set) because it was so draining physically and mentally that it gave us a little bit of a cushion to play with,” Tri-Valley coach Leigh Ann Longaberger said.

Again it was New Philadelphia, which raced out to a 9-4 lead in the third set. Tri-Valley got as close as 9-8, but couldn’t get any closer in falling 25-12.

“I challenged the team after (the third set), and they came out and responded in a big way in (the fourth set),” Longaberger said.

Tri-Valley responded by jumping out to a 12-3 lead on five service points from Courtney Blizzard and a pair of kills from Sydney Miller in taking the fourth 25-19.

Miller had a huge night for the Lady Dawgs with 22 kills, and Claire Ardrey added 12. Blizzard and Abby Maurer each had 23 assists for Tri-Valley.

Leindecker finished with 36 kills for the Lady Quakers, and Affolter had 49 assists.

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