By ARIEL STAHLER | DGKN sports writer
Dalton High School’s varsity volleyball team is moving on to the regional semifinal after upsetting No. 1 seed Loudonville in the Division IV Northeast 3 district final.
The No. 3 seed Lady Dawgs defeated No. 2 Columbia 26-24, 25-11, 25-15 in the district semifinal Oct. 28. Mia Weaver was powerful with 17 points, one ace, 13 kills and 15 assists.
Amber Jager added 15 points and one ace. Marley Clark had eight kills. Addesa Miller totaled five kills and 13 digs. Sarah Cross finished with 11 assists and 12 digs. Madalyn Coblentz had 10 digs. Vivi Cisar ended with one solo block and two assist blocks.
Dalton toppled No. 1 Loudonville 19-25, 25-15, 25-17, 25-21 in the district final Oct. 30. Weaver had another big day with seven points, two aces, 17 kills, 13 assists, one solo block and seven assist blocks. Miller put up 17 points, two aces and 14 digs. Coblentz totaled 14 points and 15 digs. Courtney Nolt recorded eight kills. Cross dished out 20 assists.
“I am very proud of this team and what they have accomplished so far in winning a district title,” said Dalton’s head coach Allison Hostetler. “We knew that Loudonville was going to be tough, but we have a tough regular season schedule and a very competitive league. These matches have helped prepare us and put us in a spot where we are now playing our best volleyball. Loudonville was very scrappy and able to keep the ball in play, but we knew that we had to continue attacking and control the offense, and by doing that, we were able to get the big win. I thought the girls executed our game plan very well on defense and did what we had asked them to do and practiced for all week.”
The Lady Dawgs will next face Monroeville in the regional semifinal Nov. 4.
“Monroeville is not an unfamiliar opponent for us,” said Hostetler. “We know that they always have a strong program and this year is no different. We will focus on stopping their two biggest hitters and limiting our unforced errors. Our girls have the right attitude and determination that is needed to prepare for another big opponent. They want to see their season continue and will work as hard as they can for that to happen.”
Nolt detailed what this regionals trip means for her as a senior.
“I’m so excited to have this opportunity to play with such an amazing team,” she said. “It means a lot to me as a senior to have teammates that are willing to put in the work to get this far.”
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