OMS 8th grade spikers off to 6-0 start

Will Johnson

Capturing tournament championship hardware over the weekend in Bourbon, Kari Nolting’s Owensville 8th grade Dutchgirl volleyball team opened the home portion of their schedule Monday night at Owensville Elementary School hosting Bland’s Lady Bears in a Highway 28 middle school volleyball showdown.

Already owning a win over their Highway 28 foes in semifinal action Saturday at Bourbon, OMS went for their second win in three days over the Lady Bears.

Splitting the first two sets, a third set was needed to decide a winner in the Highway 28 match up Monday night.

Serving 13 points in a row early in game three, Kyla Hendrix helped her eighth-grade Dutchgirl volleyball team hold off Bland’s Lady Bears in three sets by scores of 25-23, 18-25 and 25-7.

Trailing 2-1 following a Bland service error, Paige Loyd took her turn behind the serving line.

Serving three of the next five points for aces, she helped OMS to a 6-2 lead early in the first set from OES.

After a Dutchgirl error, Bland answered with three service points from Morgan Brenton to tie the first set at 6-6.

Emily Helmig served a point for Bland tying game one at 9-9 before a Lady Bear error sent Kyah Weirich into serving duty.

Serving the next eight points, Weirich helped the Dutchgirls to an 18-9 lead on the visitors from Bland.

Lady Bear service aces from Maddie Rohrer and Lauren Prigge cut Owensville’s lead to 21-18 later in the set.

Looking at set point leading 24-21 late in game one, the Dutchgirls saw Bland’s Hilah Drewel serve up a pair of aces trimming their lead to 24-23. An ensuing service error allowed Owensville to take the first set, 25-23.

Trailing the majority of the second set, Nolting’s Dutchgirls grabbed a 12-11 lead following a run of three service points from Keira Hendrix.

Tied at 15-15 a few points later, OMS saw Bland go on a 10-3 run behind service points from Prigge and Drewel giving the Bears the second set 25-18 to force a third-and-deciding set.

From the opening serve of the third set, Owensville’s Hendrix sisters took over.

A kill from Keira put her sister Kyla behind the service line with a 1-0 lead.

Thirteen points and two Bland time outs later, OMS found themselves with a 14-1 lead.

Aces from Olivia Vandegriffe and Kayden Wood later in game three helped Owensville win the third set and the match 25-23, 18-25 and 25-7.

Another Highway 28 showdown between the eighth-grade Dutchgirls and Bland’s Lady Bears will take place during pool play in the annual Owensville 8th Grade Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, March 10 as they were both placed in the same pool.

OMS 7th grade vs. Bland

Opening their season Monday night, Courtney Castor’s seventh-grade Dutchgirl volleyball team looked to claim Highway 28 middle school volleyball bragging rights from Bland’s Lady Bears.

Bland had other ideas starting game one of the match on a 10-2 run behind three aces from Kayli Lansford.

Cruising to a 25-9 victory in the first set, the visiting Lady Bears held off a late Dutchgirl rally to win the match in two sets, 25-9 and 25-22.

Trailing 12-5, Owensville saw Bland’s Mackenzie Garner take  her turn behind the serving line.

Firing off five straight aces at one point, Castor’s Dutchgirls suddenly found themselves trailing 19-5.

Two aces from Morgan Willis gave Bland the first set.

Down 17-11 midway through game two, OMS fought their way back behind a Molly Wnuk service points and two Payton Boyd aces cutting the Lady Bear lead to 18-16.

Harley Pyrtle served the Dutchgirls to within a single point at 21-20 before Bland scored four of the last six points to take game two and the match.

OMS will return to action tomorrow night (Thursday) hosting Hermann’s Lady Bearcats at OES with seventh-grade action at 5:30 p.m.