Thank you Sheri Fultz for tonight's pictures from the Adena/Huntington volleyball match
Justin Kellough,
HUNTINGTON TWP.  It only took the Columbia and Navy
unit three games to take care of business against the Lady
Huntsmen Tuesday night in league action (25-17, 25-9, and 25-
19).  The Lady Warriors capitalized on errors all night.  After
surrendering 19 points to their counterpart in the first game
the Lady Huntsmen found it hard to get out of a hole.  â€œIt
was an aggravating night,� says Huntington coach Tina
Magill.  â€œWe couldn’t keep the serve long enough and
we hit it too tight to the net on volleys.â€�  Not one to drop
any opportunities left at their doorstep, Adena took the
momentum and ran.

Scoring on a Jenny Grigsby dink and back to back Cara Coy
serves without a return the Lady Warriors jumped out to an
early 6-2 lead.  Scoring went back and forth until late in the
game at a pivotal moment last week’s
player of the week Cadie Cory toed behind the line to serve
four straight Adena points.  â€œShe makes good decisions and
is a smart player,� Laura Smith commented on her junior
and Miss do it all.  After a Huntington time-out, the Lady
Warriors traded points until a Logan Bowdle ace put the
exclamation mark on game one.

In the second game Adena jumped out to an early 12-4 lead
highlighted by another  Cory service spree including an ace.  
After an emphatic Oliva Arledge spike the Lady Huntsmen
tried to regroup with a timeout.  Quickly showing some life
HHS scored on back to back volleys for the first time in the
game thanks to a pair of Zoey Zickafoose and Jacquelyn
Kellough kills.  Short lived, Huntington’s life was shot
down again after Arledge and Cory teamed up for two more
points.  Huntington’s next timeout at 17-7 was not as
fruitful as three aces, two kills, one block, and three Lady
Huntsmen errors ended the second game.

Although being the closest game of the night, the third and
final set saw another hot start for the Lady Warriors.  After a
Bowdle kill sandwiched between two Hannah Halcomb aces,
Arledge blocked a Huntington attack and the Lady Huntsmen
never seemed to be in control.  With the score 18-12 in favor
of Adena, Lexi Roll and Cory combined for two kills making
the light at the end of the tunnel shine another SVC victory for
the Lady Warriors.  Huntington held off their flat line when
Megan Fultz and Zickafoose highlighted four straight points
for the Green and White.  After a Kelsey Bielanow kill, Coy
served the final point improving Adena’s record to 3-0 in
the SVC and 4-2 overall.  Huntington falls to 1-2 in the league
and is yet to play out of conference.

When asked who she felt confident in tonight Laura Smith said
“It’s nice to have Kelsey (Bielanow) back from injury.
She’s had two practices and we are trying to get her back
into the swing of things, but nothing is like game situation.  Itâ
€™s nice for her to get going.â€�

Magill was very pleased with her junior Paige Danner.  â
€œPaige really did it all for us tonight, she led us in almost
every statistical category and took what the Adena defense
gave her.� Also Huntington’s permanent back row
players Taylor Blankenship and Jess Manual stood their
ground well.  â€œI liked the way Taylor and Jess played
tonight; if we can get that kind of play out of our back row I
think we will be fine.�

Thursday Huntington will travel to Piketon while Adena hosts
Paint Valley.