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Dalton’s Mia Weaver
Dalton’s Sarah Cross
Dalton’s Vivi Cisar
By Ariel Stahler
Gazette & News sports writer
After taking a home loss to Waynedale, Dalton High School’s varsity volleyball team improved its overall record to 7-4 following a win over Norwayne and success at the Orrville Invitational.
Dalton took a hard-fought 25-22, 25-14, 27-29, 25-22 home loss to Waynedale Sept. 14. Madalyn Coblentz collected eight points and two aces for the Lady Dawgs. Courtney Nolt finished with eight points and nine kills. Mia Weaver had 10 kills, 12 assists, 19 digs and three solo blocks. Addesa Miller totaled five kills and 16 digs. Sarah Cross had 15 assists.
“We did not play as consistently as we are capable and ended up giving them the momentum they needed to beat us in four,” said Dalton’s head coach Allison Hostetler. “We continue talking about proving ourselves when we play good teams, but right now I think the girls need to prove to themselves that they can compete against any team that we play.”
The Lady Dawgs hosted Norwayne Sept. 16. Dalton won 25-21, 25-10, 25-12. Coblentz finished with 12 points and two aces. Miller had nine points and two aces. Nolt ended with eight points and 13 digs. Weaver totaled 10 kills, seven assists, five solo blocks and five assist blocks. Vivi Cisar had five kills. Cross dished 15 assists. Amber Jager had 11 digs.
Dalton competed in the Orrville Invitational Sept. 18. Their first opponent was Notre Dame Academy, which they defeated 25-19, 25-17. Cross led the way with 10 points, two aces, 12 assists and six digs. Coblentz contributed six points, one ace and five digs. Jager added five points, one ace and nine digs. Weaver finished with 11 kills and seven assists. Nolt had five kills and six digs while Miller had five digs.
The Lady Dawgs next faced Canton Central Catholic, and although Dalton won the first set, the Crusaders walked away with the 23-25, 25-11, 25-21 victory. Weaver’s stats included seven points, one ace, 12 kills, 14 assists, eight digs, two solo blocks and two assist blocks. Coblentz totaled seven points and nine digs. Nolt finished with 10 kills and 12 digs. Marley Clark recorded five kills. Cross handled 17 assists. Jager had 12 digs and Miller had eight digs.
Massillon was Dalton’s final matchup of the Invitational. The Lady Dawgs bit the Tigers 25-8, 25-23. Weaver was powerful with 19 points, seven aces, six kills, seven assists, seven digs, one solo block and two assist blocks. Nolt put up eight points and seven digs. Miller recorded three kills. Cross had eight assists.
“It is always a tough day playing three matches and different calibers of teams, but the girls did a great job staying positive and having the right attitude to get that last win,” said Hostetler. “We had a lot of girls that made some fantastic plays and they worked hard all day. Each time they step on the court, I think they get a little more confidence, which is going to help make us more successful.”
Central Christian School
Central Christian School defeated host St. Peter’s 25-15, 25-12, 25-16 Sept. 16. Alli Mullet collected six points, eight kills and five digs. Clair Yost recorded six points, three kills and 10 assists. Greta Patterson had three kills and six assists. Mallory Immel finished with three kills and six digs. Mattie Mast totaled two kills and nine digs.
“The girls went out and played for the love of each other and for the love of the game of volleyball,” said CCS head coach Nate Holton. “We had all sorts of changes to our rotation and the team embraced their respective roles and everyone made a contribution tonight. It is quite
something to be led by a senior (Mullet) who was slated to be our libero this season, and five matches into the season, she’s leading us in kills this game. We had a fun evening.”
The Comets are now 2-3 overall.
Orrville Red Riders
The Riders downed CVCA in three sets on Thursday night at Bob Knight Gymnasium.
At the Orrville Invite, Orrville opened with Mapleton who they beat in two sets: 25-9 and 25-15. After that the Riders faced the Massillon Tigers and beat them in two sets: 25-12 and 25-16. The final match of the day was against Canton Central Catholic who Orrville beat 25-13 and 25-16.