July 25, 2016

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Volleyball: Buckeye forges split in Elyria

ELYRIA — The Buckeye volleyball team’s long undefeated streak finally ended, but it took a state-ranked Division I squad to do it Saturday night.

The Bucks (10-1) split two matches of a tri­angular with Valley Forge at Elyria. They swept the Patriots 25-11, 25-10 before losing to 19th­ranked Elyria (8-2) 25-13, 25-17.

Elyria beat Valley Forge (0-9) 25-15, 25-10.

“Elyria is a great team,” said Buckeye coach Brianne Indorf. “We just didn’t show up to play. Our team chemistry fell apart.”

Actually, the Bucks played pretty well in the opening minutes of the final game, jumping to leads of 3-0 and then 13-7 after Erin Leneghan scored on a dink.

But with Buckeye up 14-8 on a slam by 6-foot-1 Lexi Wredberg, the wheels fell off when Elyria’s Paige Pileski took over the serve. She ran off 10 straight points, two of them on aces, as the Pio­neers took command for good.

Buckeye scored only three more points the rest of the way.

“That service run by No. 24 completely deflated our team,” Indorf said.

Indorf had a different feeling after the Bucks easily beat Valley Forge in their first game.

“I thought we played pretty well,” she said.

Semantha Mueller led Buckeye in the Forge match with nine kills, while Alexa Weiland had 17 assists and also led in service points with 13, including three aces. Amelia Shaw had eight digs, as did Krystin Estes.

In the Elyria match, Mueller led the Bucks with five kills andWredberg had four. Wredberg also had four solo blocks and three block assists. Estes led in digs with 12, while Weiland had 11 assists.

Contact Jerry Rombach at sports@medina-gazette.com.