BARNESVILLE — The host Barnesville High Lady Shamrocks got off to a slow start but were able to shake off the sluggish start to upend Bellaire High in Tuesday’s Division III sectional volleyball match in four sets by scores of 13-25, 25-16, 25-14 and 25-15.
“The more we played the better we got,” Barnesville head coach Nikki McEndree stated. “I was not pleased with game one at all, it was ugly from start to finish, but I give Bellaire credit. They came out ready to play and we didn’t.”
Barnesville (16-5) entered the match as the number five seed in Division III and Bellaire came in as the underdog and number 13 seed.
Bellaire did not play like underdogs as they took Barnesville by surprise by jumping out to a 10-4 lead in the first set.
The Lady Big Reds used five straight points from server Mary Garloch to secure a 6-2 lead and three straight points from Marissa Dippel that included two aces to build that lead to 10-4.
From that point on, Bellaire outscored the Lady ‘Rocks 15-9 to take the first set 25-13 and stun the home crowd.
“Anything we could do wrong, we did wrong,” the Barnesville coach shared. “There was nowhere to go but up.”   
After a long talk from McEndree, the Lady Shamrocks began to respond in the second set.
“I told them we needed to pick it up or we were going home,” McEndree noted. “They knew it wasn’t their best effort and they responded.”
Both teams swapped points in the beginning with Bellaire leading 10-8 when Sydney Ralston stepped behind the serving line for Barnesville and reeled off seven consecutive points to put the Lady ‘Rocks ahead 15-10 and they did not look back.
“Once Sydney came on, the rest of the team followed suit,” McEndree voiced.
Erin Hannahs scored four straight points and was followed by a Jayna Hannahs kill to finalize the 25-16 Barnesville victory to tie the series at one apiece.
Bellaire grabbed a 6-4 lead in game three when Erin Hannahs began serving again and tallied six straight points with support from three straight Ralston kills to put Barnesville up 10-6.
The Lady ‘Rocks cruised from that point on to snare a 25-14 win heading into the fourth set.
Again Bellaire found themselves in front by a 5-3 count and again Erin Hannahs ended any hopes of a Big Reds upset by generating seven straight points, which was sparked by another Ralston spike for a kill, to make the score 11-5 in favor of the Lady Shamrocks.
Barnesville left no doubt, out-dueling the Lady Big Reds 14-10 the rest of the way to win the set and the match.
“We moved and communicated better and came together as a team,” McEndree stated. “And we hit the ball, and when we do that we roll pretty well and when we don’t we struggle.
We lost as a team in game one and had a total team effort in our three wins,” she added.
Erin Hannahs was the leading scorer for the Lady ‘Rocks as she poured in 21 points while also delivering 15 digs on the defensive side of the ball.
Ralston also played a key role for Barnesville as she crushed 25 kills, gathered 12 digs, recorded six points and executed three blocks.
Handing out 20 assists was Bailey Ramsay, who also tallied 11 points and 11 digs.
Providing more offensive support for Barnesville was Mindi Wehr who turned in nine kills while also earning three digs.
Mya McEndree accounted for eight digs, seven assists and six points while teammate Avery Hanlon added 13 digs.
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NEW CONCORD — For the first time in the six-year tenure of John Glenn High volleyball coach Christie McGee, the Lady Muskies are advancing to the Division II District Tournament.
John Glenn, coming in as the fifth seed, punched its ticket to the district with a straight three-set sweep of the 10th-seeded Union Local Lady Jets by scores of 25-16, 25-12 and 25-12 in the D-II Sectional finals on Thursday.
“I am not sure we have ever won a sectional tournament game since I have been here,” McGee admitted. “I am sure we have never been to the district tournament since I have been coaching.
“We came out and controlled our side of the floor tonight,” the JG coach stated. “We had multiple people involved in the offense and had a very scrappy defense. When you put that together, you win. In the game with rally scoring, you are competing against yourself and as long as we take care of ourselves, we will be alright. We are going to take it one game at a time.”
In the opening set, John Glenn (20-3) jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the outset, but the Lady Jets battled their way back to knot the score at 5-5.
The Lady Muskies then regrouped to score the next four points and were never headed.
Union Local got within a 10-9 difference before the host reeled off six straight to build the lead to 16-9 and later added another stretch of four consecutive points to post a 24-14 advantage.
A couple of errors by the Lady Muskies allowed Union Local to claw back within 24-16 before a hitting error by the Lady Jets ended the match, with John Glenn taking the 25-16 win.
The second sets was again a game of spurts for the Lady Muskies as they pulled away from Union Local with three straight points, including a service ace by Quinci Jones, to build an 8-3 edge and virtually never looked back.
John Glenn built the lead to 11-5 and increased the margin to 15-7 and the difference bounced between nine and 10 points until Mollie Founds hammered a kill; Brooke Fatheree served up an ace and a hitting error by the Lady Jets ended the match with the host claiming a 25-12 victory.
“We were a little over matched tonight,” Union Local coach Bridget Brooks admitted. “This was a different team than what I saw on Monday. We have had a couple of injuries and they are not back to 100 percent yet.”
With a two-set lead, the Lady Muskies went for the kill in the third,  jumping out to an 8-1 edge and continuing to build the margin until it hit 20-5. Union Local got back within 10 at 20-10 with five consecutive points, but another three-point run by John Glenn put the difference at 23-10 before back-to-back kills by Adrean Carlile pulled the Lady Jets within 23-12.
Gabbi Blair, who stepped up big on the offense at the net, slammed a kill and sent the Lady Muskies to the district with a big block to provide the 25-12 final.
“We have been very two-dimensional,” McGee pointed out, “and needed to get more people involved in the offense. We got that tonight with Blair and Lauren Sherry stepping up. That takes a lot of heat off of Fatheree and Maddie (McGee).”
Blair paced the offense with eight kills and five blocks, with McGee adding seven kills and a block. Fatheree tacked on five kills and a block; Founds chipped in with four stops and Erin Dickson added a pair of kills and a block. Dickson also dished out 21 assists and was 100 percent from the service line with an ace. Fatheree and Mara Leach each had three service aces, with Founds adding a pair.
On defense, Dickson had eight digs, with McGee and Maria Johnson adding four each while Fatheree, Blair and Leach chipped in with three apiece.
For Union Local (14-10), Carlile, Kaitlynn Clark-Patterson and Cortney Otto had three kills each, while Katie Bashline added one stop, 10 assists, five digs and one service ace. Carlile also had four digs and Clark-Patterson had three.
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BARNESVILLE — A strong and impressive season was turned in by the Barnesville Lady Shamrocks but they came up short in Saturday’s Division III sectional championship against nine seeded Garaway High, which Barnesville hosted as the five seed.
Barnesville fell in straight sets by scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-17 to finish their season with a record of 16-6.
Two freshman paced the Lady ‘Rocks with Mindi Wehr racking up seven points (2 aces), seven kills, five blocks and five digs, while Mya McEndree followed with five points, seven assists and seven digs.
Leading the Lady Shamrocks in kills and digs was senior outside hitter, Sydney Ralston who tallied eight kills and 19 digs.
Handing out nine assists was senior, Bailey Ramsay who also attested for eight digs and four points.
Senior, Erin Hannahs notched 15 digs and three points (1 ace), while junior, Ashley Brown added four points.
Barnesville says goodbye to six seniors as Ralston, Hannahs, Ramsay, libero Avery Hanlon, Cassidy Rush, and Katie Jackson all graduate and juniors Brianna Bohandy and Ashley Brown will be the next senior leaders at Barnesville.
With the win Garaway heads to their District match where they will face the winner of the Tuscarawas Valley and West Muskingum match.
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BARNESVILLE — A strong and impressive season was turned in by the Barnesville Lady Shamrocks but they came up short in Saturday’s Division III sectional championship against nine seeded Garaway High, which Barnesville hosted as the five seed.
Barnesville fell in straight sets by scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-17 to finish their season with a record of 16-6.
Two freshman paced the Lady ‘Rocks with Mindi Wehr racking up seven points (2 aces), seven kills, five blocks and five digs, while Mya McEndree followed with five points, seven assists and seven digs.
Leading the Lady Shamrocks in kills and digs was senior outside hitter, Sydney Ralston who tallied eight kills and 19 digs.
Handing out nine assists was senior, Bailey Ramsay who also attested for eight digs and four points.
Senior, Erin Hannahs notched 15 digs and three points (1 ace), while junior, Ashley Brown added four points.
Barnesville says goodbye to six seniors as Ralston, Hannahs, Ramsay, libero Avery Hanlon, Cassidy Rush, and Katie Jackson all graduate and juniors Brianna Bohandy and Ashley Brown will be the next senior leaders at Barnesville.
With the win Garaway heads to their District match where they will face the winner of the Tuscarawas Valley and West Muskingum match.