The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Breaking News

Sports

October 11, 2013

Mustangs maul another

GV primes to tourney by besting Badger

ORWELL — The Grand Valley volleyball team has used a blend of seniors and underclassmen to put together a solid season. For the dynamic to work, communication has been important, as it was in the Mustangs’ 25-8, 25-7, 25-18 victory over Badger on Thursday at Grand Valley.

“Without a doubt, communication on the floor has been the key for us this season,” GV coach Kelly Henson said. “When we have communicated on the floor, everything has fallen into place for us all year.”

With a roster with no seniors and just five juniors, the Braves (2-18) have navigated through a tough season.

“We’re a young team with no seniors,” Badger coach Paul Sweeney said. “We’ll get better, but for now this is what we are and we will live with it.”

That lack of experience showed from the very start of the match.

“We spent over four hours this week hitting in practice,” Sweeney said. “You’d never know it watching us tonight. One of the big things anybody can notice is how much extra time GV has put into the sport in the offseason. Our girls haven’t reached that point yet.

“Girls who put in offseason time on club teams are invariably better, and it showed here tonight. Although this is my first year with Badger, I’ve coached club volleyball for a long time, and the time those Grand Valley girls put in shows. They are good.”

Middle hitter Thommie Jackson got things rolling for GV (14-6, 10-4 in Northeastern Athletic Conference) with a slam on the first play of the night.

An emphatic slam from Holly Nye moved GV to a 6-3 lead, and Chelsea Stehlik served up five points in a row to separate the teams, and Stehlik served up 12 points in a row in the second set to open a commanding 21-5 lead, and that appeared to put out the last flames in the Brave’s arrows.

Getting all her seniors out on the floor together in the last set was important to Henson, and it nearly backfired on her.

“I was trying to get all the seniors on the floor together in the last game, and some of them were in positions they weren’t very steady with,” she said. “The girls have just worked so hard over the last four years. I wanted them to share some last times on the floor together. Badger got it going, but our girls stuck together well and got the win.”

Taylor Kramar got things rolling in the third set with a pair of points for the only lead the Braves had up to that point. After 11 ties and six lead changes, a wide serve gave GV a 15-14 lead, and the Mustangs extended the lead to 24-18 before Jess Vormelker set a perfectly placed dink to the middle of the floor for the set and match winner.

Stehlik closed out her varsity career in fine fashion with 18 points.

“I’ve just tried to keep getting better all the time,” Stehlik said. “Everybody on our team has done that, and we’ve grown both as a team and as a family.”

Kelly is a freelance writer from Jefferson.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Outlaws win opener

    The Ohio Outlaws Gold did not start well at the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals in Salem, Va. on Monday, but they sure did finish their opening encounter with a flourish.

    July 28, 2014

  • Racing remains at the fore

    Raceway 7’s Crate Late Models had an unsanctioned $1000 to win 25-lap feature with Kyle Zimmerman picking up the lion’s share of the glory after leading the entire distance for his first win of 2014.

    July 28, 2014

  • Coming attractions

    While it seems only yesterday school was letting out and summer vacation was starting, the time for respite will have the curtain drop for area high school football players this week.

    July 28, 2014

  • AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGES:

    TUESDAY, AUG. 12

    • Lake Catholic at Perry (10)

    July 28, 2014

  • Lexi Outlaws gunning for national title in Virginia

    There’s gold in their name and that’s just what the Ohio Outlaws Gold softball squad is gunning for at the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals this week in Salem, Va.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Brandon Easton A Don McCormack column:Easton on right pitch in Florida

    Paying a Monday morning visit to the variety store...

    Firing away
    The second summer as a professional baseball player has been an excellent one for Brandon Easton, to this point.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Dale Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: OEW doing good job of passing it on

    On July 18, 19 and 20, the Ashtabula County Wildlife Conservation League (ACWCL) along with Ashtabula Rod & Gun Club (ARGC) held their annual OEW (Outdoor Education Weekend) Weekend.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kaydee Vaulting to The Rock

    When Jefferson’s Kaydee DeVivo first started pole vaulting as a freshman for the Falcons, she knew it was the event for her.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • run VanHoy racing on

    Geneva track star Hailey VanHoy had a near unbelievable run of success during her final months running for the Eagles.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Danielle Zip-ing along

    Just minutes after Geneva’s Danielle Nicholson holed out on the 18th green at the Gray Course at Ohio State University during her freshman year to win the 2011 Division I state championship, the recruitment process of where she would go to college began.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Little League All-Stars July 1 to 12
AP NASCAR Lastest News
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
AP Auto Racing Photos
West Side Shootout 2014
Ashtabula County at State Track Meet
Jefferson vs Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Regional Softball
District Track 2014
Jefferson District Softball Tournament
Bob Walters 50 Years
Geneva vs Perry Division II District Semifinal
Sports Week in Review May 12 to May 17
Sports Week in Review May 5 to May 10 2014
Sports Week in Review April 28 to May 3
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video