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Dalton volleyball off to 3-1 start in WCAL play


Dalton senior Courtney Nolt

Dalton senior Chloe Simmons with the serve.

Dalton senior Amber Jager

Dalton’s Sarah Cross

Dalton’s Mia Weaver

Dalton senior Mia Weaver goes for the spike after a set by Sarah Cross.



DGKN sportswriter

DALTON  Dalton High School’s varsity volleyball team took down Northwestern to start the week, but they later ran into trouble against Smithville for their second loss of the season.

The Lady Dawgs are now 4-2 overall and 3-1 against WCAL teams.

Dalton hosted Northwestern Sept. 7 and the Lady Dawgs came away with a 25-13, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20 win.

Addesa Miller led Dalton with 16 points, five aces, seven kills and 19 digs. Courtney Nolt had nine points, six kills and 16 digs. Chloe Simmons finished with eight points. Mia Weaver collected 22 kills, 17 assists, one solo block and four assist blocks. Sarah Witmer had six kills. Sarah Cross recorded 19 assists. Amber Jager ended with 12 digs.

The Lady Dawgs sustained a 25-12, 25-13, 25-23 home loss to Smithville Sept. 9. Miller finished with nine points, one ace and 11 digs. Simmons totaled five points and two aces. Weaver had 10 kills, six assists and 11 digs. Nolt recorded five kills. Cross dished 14 assists, while Jager had 11 digs.

Orrville vs. Tuslaw

Orrville High School’s varsity volleyball defeated Tuslaw in five sets 25-17, 25-15, 19-25, 22-25, 15-7 Sept. 9. For the Red Riders, Ainsley Hamsher had 15 kills, five digs and two assists. Karissa Hardgrave finished with 12 kills, one assist block and two digs. Sophia Pertee and Averi Haley both recorded 10 kills. Haley also had 15 digs. Ella Gonzales totaled 14 digs.

Central Christian

After enduring a pause in their season due to COVID-19, Central Christian School’s varsity volleyball team is back on the court. Head coach Nate Holton said the seniors have played a great role for the team early in the season.

“Our seniors have really seized ownership as emotional and organizational leaders of our team,” Holton said. “They have not wavered in the face of adversity. They are providing a warm sense of resolve. I am really encouraged by the character and leadership they are showing.”
There are four seniors on the team: Alli Mullet, Ruthie Nuzum, Emma Mast and Tatiana Kozel-Steiner.

Read the complete story in the Sept. 15, 2021 edition.

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