Bulldogs fall in sectional final


By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com



Jessica Dohm (14) and Alexis Sarvo of Swanton jump to block Wauseon’s Makayla Kebschull.

Jessica Dohm (14) and Alexis Sarvo of Swanton jump to block Wauseon’s Makayla Kebschull.


Patty Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Swanton’s Sofie Taylor tips the ball over the net.


Patty Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Alexis Sarvo scores a point for Swanton.


Patty Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

The Swanton volleyball team topped six seed Wauseon, but three seed Fairview proved too much in the sectional tournament last week.

The Bulldogs topped league foe Wauseon in the Division III sectional semifinal in McQuade Gymnasium 25-18, 26-24, 25-17 on Wednesday.

“I thought we were ready to go from the beginning of the match and started off playing pretty well. We were in control of that whole first set from beginning to end,” said Swanton coach Kyle Borer.

Swanton started off the opening set with a 13-4 lead. Wauseon came back to cut the lead to 15-11, but the Bulldogs were able to finish off the set.

The Indians grabbed leads of 5-1 and 8-2 in the second set, but Swanton fought back to win 26-24.

“We got ourselves down in a hole to start the second set, but we took advantage of their errors and were aggressive hitting the ball in order to come all the way back to win that set. When we showed good ball control, we stayed in system and ran our offense efficiently,” Borer said.

The Bulldogs played ahead in the third set to finish off the match.

Alexis Sarvo had 13 kills for Swanton, while Katlyn Floyd had 11 and Jessica Dohm 10. Sofie Taylor had 33 assists and 12 digs, while Sammi Taylor recorded 18 digs and Dohm had 14.

Chelsie Raabe led the Indians with seven kills. Kelcy Blanchong added 19 digs for Wauseon (12-11).

Fairview, who entered the match with a 20-2 record, proved too much for Swanton on Saturday in the sectional final at Tinora, topping the Dogs 25-22, 25-20, 25-22.

“Throughout the match tonight, we just couldn’t finish the runs we made. We started off in 3-4 points deficits in the first two sets and then came back to take the lead, but we couldn’t hang on,” Borer said. “We started off on a 7-1 run to start the third set and gradually let them come back and steal it from us. We just didn’t take advantage of opportunities that they gave us throughout the match. Against good teams you can’t afford to waste those chances. They are solid defensively, which hurt us in the trying to finish volleys easily.”

Sarvo led the Bulldog attack with 18 kills. Sofie Taylor had 33 assists and Sammi Taylor 19 digs.

Swanton finishes the season with an 18-6 record.

“We had a very good season this year. Unfortunately, we came up a little short on a few of our team goals we had set in place,” Borer said. “I have truly loved coaching this team. They are a great group with six awesome seniors. We will definitely miss these girls next year. They made it a fun season and set a good basis for teams down the road.”

Jessica Dohm (14) and Alexis Sarvo of Swanton jump to block Wauseon’s Makayla Kebschull.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/10/web1_Dohm-sarvo-block.jpgJessica Dohm (14) and Alexis Sarvo of Swanton jump to block Wauseon’s Makayla Kebschull. Patty Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Swanton’s Sofie Taylor tips the ball over the net.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/10/web1_Swan-6-tip.jpgSwanton’s Sofie Taylor tips the ball over the net. Patty Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Alexis Sarvo scores a point for Swanton.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/10/web1_Sarvo-point.jpgAlexis Sarvo scores a point for Swanton. Patty Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

By Drew Stambaugh

dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com