|Two for the Title
Adena meets Smithville Friday at Wright State
The Adena Lady Warriors enter Fridayâ€™s state semifinal match-up
against Smithville (26-2) winners of their last 17 matches. Adenaâ€™s last
loss came to Kettering Alter back on September 19th at the Worthington
Kilbourne Tournament. Adenaâ€™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 leagueâ€™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 â€“ Bielanow,
Olivia Arledge, Yates, Allison Morgan, and Jenny Grigsby â€“ producing a
very efficient offensive attack at the net for the Warriors.
As for Adenaâ€™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 yearâ€™s state runner-up to Alexander â€“ the team Adena
beat in last weekâ€™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 Universityâ€™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.
|ROAD TO WRIGHT
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