Southwest Ohio Huddle: Region’s volleyball dominace on display in first state polls


Southwest Ohio Huddle

The season’s first girls’ volleyball was released on Sunday and not
surprisingly several regional teams are highly ranked in the polls. Also not surprisngly, Southwest Ohio was home to some standout individual and team performances this past week.

The season’s first girls’ volleyball was released on Sunday and not surprisingly several regional teams are highly ranked in the polls.

Cincinnati Ursuline, the Division I state runner-up in 2008, is ranked No. 1 in the Division I poll. The Lions have a 6-0 record heading into match at Cincinnati St. Ursula in a GGCL showdown on Tuesday. Ursuline plays host to Seton on Thursday night.

Ursuline’s leaders include Dani Reinert, Jade Henderson (57 kills), Christina Beer (46 kills) and Lauren Marlatt (38 kills). Kori Moster has a .944 serving percentage.

“We definitely have things to work on but that’s a good thing,” Ursuline coach Jeni Case told the Community Press. “I knew we wouldn’t come out and play perfectly right away. I just wonder what it will be like when everyone on the court has their best game. I don’t want to see it this early but hopefully we’ll see it come tournament time.”

Mount Notre Dame (fourth) and West Chester Lakota West (fifth) are among other Southwest Ohio teams in the Top 5 for Division I.

MND plays at Ursuline Sept. 24. Kate Eckels has 56 kills (3.73 avg.) for the Cougars.

In Division II, Archbishop Kettering Alter (4-2) is ranked fifth in the poll.

In Division III, Versailles is ranked No. 1 in the state. Versailles (7-0) has 18 first-place votes. Versailles, which had lost just one game at the start of this week, was scheduled to play Arcanum on Monday. Versailles will play at Minster Thursday night.


Ashleigh Witte, West Chester Lakota West, tennis: The senior has orally committed to play tennis at the University of Cincinnati. Witte had a 6-1 record as of late last week. She won at No. 1 singles against Liberty Township Lakota East on Thursday to improve her league record to 4-0 in the Greater Miami Conference. The Firebirds are 8-0 as a team. As a junior, Witte was a state doubles champion and named to the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association first team. She was the GMC player of the year in 2008. Lakota West plays visiting Hamilton Tuesday afternoon.


Cincinnati St. Ursula cross country team: The Bulldogs won the Mason Invitational Division I title with 61 points at Corwin Nixon Park. St. Ursula edged Mason by just two points. The Bulldogs were led by Sarah Mazzei and Nicole Hird at the meet. Mazzei and Hird are third and fourth respectively in the GGCL individual standings. Mazzie ran a 19:37, while Hird ran 19:41. St. Ursula’s Christie Mideli, who ran a 20:11 at the Running Spot Classic, is sixth. The Bulldogs next run at the Covington Catholic Invitational at Devou Park at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Trio of undefeated teams: The girls’ soccer teams from Centerville, Huber Heights Wayne and Beavercreek were all undefeated heading into last weekend. Beavercreek’s Micaela Powers had eight goals and Wayne’s Cara Eby had six going into the weekend.

Elder names football field:
Cincinnati Elder has named its football field, Walter J. Barlett Field last week. Bartlett coached almost 1,000 games at the school from 1927 to 1953.

Healthy return:
Cincinnati St. Ursula senior soccer standout Liz Burchenal has made a quick return to the lineup after being sideline by an injury during the season opener against Mason. Burchenal, who has orally committed to play at North Carolina, had 10 goals and two assists going into last weekend for the reigning Division I state champion Bulldogs.

Place misses game:
Hamilton football coach Jim Place was scheduled to miss last Friday’s game against Taft because he was going to attend his daughter’s wedding.

Early impact:
Beavercreek freshman cross country runner Sydney Leiher had an impressive sixth-place finish at the Malone Invitational last week, according to the Dayton Daily News.

College commitment:
Huber Heights Wayne senior Lisa Nouanesengsy has committed to play college soccer at Indiana, according to the Dayton Daily News. She had four goals and two assist going into last weekend.

Winning tradition:
The Delphos St. John’s girls’ golf team was 8-2 overall, 5-0 in the Midwest Athletic Conference standings. Delphos St. John’s has won four conference championships in girls’ golf.

Winning tradition Part II:
St. Henry and Versailles were tied atop the girls’ volleyball standings in the Midwest Athletic Conference late last week. St. Henry has won 19 conference championships.

Cincinnati St. Xavier at Roger Bacon, boys’ soccer, 7 p.m. today: The Greater Catholic League opponents will look to advance in the standings. St. X plays host to La Salle on Saturday. Scott Alverson leads Roger Bacon with two goals this season.

Cincinnati Ursuline at Cincinnati St. Ursula girls’ volleyball, 6:30 p.m. today:
Ursuline (6-0), which was the Division I state runners-up last season, returns plenty of talent this season. St. Ursula’s Catherine Janszen has a league-leading 73 kills. Ursuline’s Christina Beer has 46 kills in 17 games played. This is always a classic GGCL matchup.

Huber Heights Wayne at Beavercreek girls’ tennis, 5 p.m. today:
Beavercreek leads the GWOC Central division with a 9-2 record. Wayne was 6-4 at the start of this week. Beavercreek’s Natalie Machicao is 10-1 at No. 1 singles. Wayne’s Sheila Nguyen had five wins at the start of the week.

Kettering Alter at Centerville boys’ soccer, 7 p.m. Thursday: Alter is ranked No. 7 in the Division II state coaches’ poll. The Knights have been led by Timmy McCarthy (six goals, three assists) and Timonthy Rieser (four goals, three assists). Centerville (5-0-2) plays at Springfield on Tuesday before the Alter match.

Taft at Withrow football, 7:30 p.m. Friday:
Two of the premier Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference teams play on the east side of town. Withrow coach Doc Gamble and Taft’s Mike Martin are two of the top coaches around the Queen City. Look for Taft’s Adolphus Washington in this game. Withrow QB Ryan Banks is one to watch.

Archbishop Moeller at Findlay, football, 7 p.m. Saturday:
Moeller has won the past two meetings with the schools, including a 42-7 win at Findlay on Sept. 15, 2007. The Crusaders have been led by Garrett Mize (three sacks) and Jordan Stricker (three sacks) as among the defensive leaders.

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