Host Adena wins tournament


Frankfort Adena Summer Tournament
Possessing a reputation as one of the state's premier small school volleyball programs, Frankfort Adena did nothing to discredit that rep with a win in its own summer tournament.

The Warriors conquered the 15-team field by beating Albany Alexander in the finals.

Contributor Shayne Combs checks in with details.

The Lady Warriors of Adena spent the July 7 weekend hosting
and winning the 15th annual Citizens National Bank Adena Summer
Volleyball Tournament
.  The 15-team tournament was divided into
three, five-team pools for early morning action, and then the top-five, the
middle-five, and the bottom-five spent the afternoon competing in the gold,
silver, and bronze championship brackets, respectively. After an undefeated
morning, the Lady Warriors continued their dominate play in the afternoon as
they swept through the gold bracket to capture the championship.

The tournament gave Adena a nice opportunity to show off its
fine facility.  Three courts stayed
busy throughout the day, as two side-courts were used in the high school gym,
as well as the main floor in the middle school gym.  A fairly big crowd was able to enjoy the volleyball at no

“We feel like this year’s tournament was a nice success,”
Adena head coach Laura Smith said. “Running a tournament with 15 teams is
always tough because you have teams that back out late or are forced to come
without their whole team, but overall everything seemed to run smoothly.”

Adena, a member of last year’s Division IV final four, was joined
in the gold bracket by the other two pool winners, Alexander – a Division III
state semifinalist last year – and Lancaster. Unioto, who like Adena, is a
member of the Scioto Valley Conference, and Logan Elm – who was responsible for
Alexander’s only morning loss – captured the final two spots in the top

The gold bracket got underway with Alexander coming from
behind to defeat Unioto 21-25, 25-15, 16-14. After Lancaster made quick work of
Logan Elm (25-22, 25-13) it had Adena on the ropes early in game one, but Adena
scored 11 of game’s final 13 points and then rode that momentum into game two
to win (25-17, 25-19).  That set up
the championship match between Adena and Alexander, and it was all Lady
Warriors.  Adena took complete
control of the match and cruised to a 25-14, 25-16 win to capture the
tournament title.

“With some teams not having all of their players with them,
the competition wasn’t quite as good as it has been in the past,” Smith said.
“Overall, I felt we played pretty well. 
We did make some mistakes that we need to correct, but we have
definitely made some improvements as a team throughout the summer.”

In the “middle-five” tournament bracket, Centerburg, who was
one of the teams missing many of their top returning players, took top honors
as it beat Tri Valley Conference member, Reedsville Eastern, and Scioto Valley
Conference member Huntington – who had earned the bye in the silver bracket –
to advance to the final.  In the
championship game it was Centerburg beating Milford – who had defeated Marion
Pleasant in the semifinal – to complete the silver bracket win.

Meigs beat Eastern Pike for the bronze title.  This “bottom-five” bracket included the
Lady Aces from Amanda-Cleacrcreek, Bloom Carroll, and a second team from host

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