PDT Sports Writer
THE PLAINS — Despite a tough effort in Tuesday’s Division III Southeast District Semifinal match at Athens High School, the No. 3 Northwest volleyball team could not overcome the strong attack presented by No. 2 Nelsonville-York, falling in straight sets.
“I’m proud of the effort the kids gave, we just ran into team that had a lot more firepower than we did,” Mohawks coach Judy Bayes said. “You’ve got to roll with that and you’ve got to take the good with the bad.”
With three seniors on her squad, Bayes said communication was a sticking point for her squad the entire night.
“(The Buckeyes) were hitting from every location,” Bayes said. “Most of the time, what we see all season, you hit from a couple of spots.
“You hit from the middle and you hit from the left. They hit from right, middle, left and back. That’s a very well-rounded team and that’s hard to combat when you’re as young as (we) were defensively.”
Northwest will graduate Maegan Lynn, Mandi Kidder and Melanie Smalley. Lynn had eight assists, Kidder closed her high school career with nine digs and Smalley recorded three kills.
Haleigh Vastine led the Mohawks with 12 digs and six kills. Northwest closes its season at 16-9 while Nelsonville-York (22-3) advances to Saturday’s Division III Southeast District final against No. 1 Chillicothe Huntington, which swept No. 5 Wheelersburg earlier in the evening.
After the match, Bayes confirmed that after 27 years of coaching, she will retire. She said it is great to go out with this particular senior class that made four-straight district semifinal appearances.
“Every year I come to the tournament, my seniors are that struggle because they know it’s their last year,” Bayes said. “But (those) three went out there and worked (their) tails off and never quit…I can’t ask for anything more than that.”
Cody Leist can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 242, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northwest 14 16 16
Nelsonville-York 25 25 25