PHOTO PROVIDED BY AMBER DOTY
Dalton’s Tess Denning and Brennah Arnold at the net Saturday against Northwestern. The Lady Dawgs won in three sets.
By ARIEL STAHLER
Gazette & News sports writer
After a rough stretch the previous week, Dalton High School’s varsity volleyball team got back on track with three big wins over WCAL foes Norwayne, Rittman and Northwestern. The Lady Dawgs have an overall record of 4-3 and they are 3-0 in WCAL play.
“It was great to get three WCAL wins this past week,” said Dalton head coach Allison Hostetler. “All three wins gave the girls the confidence they needed and at the start of the week at Norwayne, they came out strong and really proved what they are able to do. They continued playing strong throughout the week after that game, ending our week 3-0.”
Dalton started the week by taking down Norwayne 25-12, 25-12, 25-17 Sept. 1 on the road. Mia Weaver pushed her team with 14 points, two aces and seven kills. Tess Denning finished with nine points, one ace and 10 kills. Landree Siders had eight points and eight digs. Brennah Arnold led the Lady Dawgs with 11 kills and 13 digs. Adrianne Alger had 30 assists.
Dalton traveled to Rittman Sept. 3 to put the Indians away 25-10, 25-8, 25-11. Arnold had a big night with 20 points, five aces, 10 kills and 10 digs. Denning accumulated 11 points, two aces and eight kills. Weaver had six kills. Alger totaled 26 assists. Siders finished with 11 digs, seven points and one ace.
The Lady Dawgs completed the week with a 25-11, 25-18, 25-8 road win at Northwestern Sept. 5.
Denning had 15 points, three aces and eight kills. Weaver ended with 12 points and three aces. Alger finished with 12 points, one ace and 27 assists. Arnold had 13 kills while Amelia Knetzer had seven kills. The top defenders were Abbi Snyder with nine digs and Siders with seven digs. Hostetler explained how her team has been stepping up in big plays.
“We are fortunate to have many hitters that we feel confident will put the ball down, which makes it hard for the defense to know where the ball is going to go,” she said. “Our passing and serve receive has been really good these past three games and that sets our offense up for some big hits.”