Two for the Title
Adena meets Smithville Friday at Wright State
The Adena Lady Warriors enter Friday’s state semifinal match-up
against Smithville (26-2) winners of their last 17 matches. Adena’s last
loss came to Kettering Alter back on September 19th at the Worthington
Kilbourne Tournament. Adena’s only other loss was to Lehman Catholic.
Both Alter (D-II) and Lehman (D-IV) advanced to the regional championship
in their respective divisions before losing.

Kirsti Yates, who was named to the All-Ohio Second Team earlier this
week, has been the heart and soul of the two-shade blue all year long. Yates
provides great play at both the net and on the defensive side of things, and
her tough serving has produced a league’s third-best total throughout the
season. Setter Hannah Halcomb and middle-hitter Kelsey Bielanow probably
stuff the stat sheet more often, but it is the intangibles from Yates that really
seem to make this team go.

As for stats, Halcomb does a great job spreading the ball making Adenaâ
€™s offense balanced. Halcomb averaged a league best assist total at just
fewer than 11 per game, and in the tournament is averaging over 40 assists
per match. During the postseason, Adena has had five hitters – Bielanow,
Olivia Arledge, Yates, Allison Morgan, and Jenny Grigsby – producing a
very efficient offensive attack at the net for the Warriors.

As for Adena’s semifinal opponent this Friday, Smithville will show a 6-2
offense. First Team All-Ohioan Jenna Pew stands 5'11 and hits out of the
middle. Pew had 27 kills in their regional, five-set clincher against Gilmour
Academy (last year’s state runner-up to Alexander – the team Adena
beat in last week’s regional title match). Pew is complemented by a 5-8
strong side hitter Alex Leister. The extremely athletic Leister was selected
Honorable Mention All-Ohio. Finally, another player to watch for Smithville
is libero Jessi Hartzler.

The Adena/Smithville match is slated for noon. The second D-III match
Friday is Huron (24-3) vs. Middletown Fenwick (22-4). If you are unable to
be at Wright State University’s Ervin J. Nutter Center this Friday, you
can listen to the game on WKKJ (94.3 FM). Their pre-match coverage will
start at approxiamately11:40 a.m.
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