Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers freshman Alicia Kessler (16), middle, tips the ball over the net as Ada Bulldogs sophomore Carlee Marshall (23) and junior Alexis Amburgey (12) defend Tuesday in a Division IV Northwest District volleyball sectional semifinal at Elida High School. (Staff photo/Brad Frank)
ELIDA — The longer Tuesday’s match wore on, the wider the margin on the scoreboard grew, as the Ada Bulldogs pulled away from the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in three sets Tuesday in their 3-1 win in a Division IV Northwest District volleyball sectional semifinal at Elida High School.
The Bulldogs won the match Tuesday with scores of 25-18, 25-13 and 25-11.
Ada topped W-G in a best-of-three match Aug. 31, winning 25-17, 25-16.
The Bulldogs owned a slight edge over the Tigers in the first game Tuesday, in the night’s most competitive game.
Ada grabbed a 13-8 lead before W-G rallied to cut its deficit to one, 16-15. The Bulldogs scored three straight points to notch a 19-15 cushion.
The Tigers did not come any closer than a four-point deficit, as the Bulldogs recorded a 25-18 win in the first game.
A quick 6-1 lead by Ada forced a Tigers timeout in the second game.
W-G responded to the break with a 6-1 run of its own to trail 7-6, but the Tigers’ next six points would not come until Ada had 20 points.
The Bulldogs moved on with a 25-13 win in the second game.
Ada cruised to a win in the third game, posting a double-digit lead at 16-6 en route to the 25-11 victory.
W-G varsity coach Caitlin Klima explained the biggest reason her team was unable to stay competitive in Tuesday’s match.
“We just weren’t staying focused,” Klima said. “That was our main issue. The players would make a mistake and then they’d get down on themselves.”
Klima noted a few hustle plays and long rallies her team turned into points throughout Tuesday’s match.
“It was good to see them not give up on the ball,” Klima said. “For them to keep playing it and keep trying hard is all I can ask of them.”
W-G finished the 2013 season with a 4-18 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the Northwest Central Conference.
Klima provided her thoughts about the team’s season in hindsight.
“Our record does not reflect how we can play as a team,” Klima said. “We could have won a lot more matches if we would have communicated well enough, if we would have stayed focused and if our hearts were in it more.”
This was the fourth straight year W-G did not win a postseason match.
The Tigers had four seniors on their roster this season, including Kendra Jarnigan, Jenna Riemesch, Jenna Whitaker and Sierra Williams.
Klima described her thoughts on the team’s departing seniors.
“I’m going to be sad to see them leave, all four of them,” Klima said. “Each and every one was great to have on the team. They were an asset to have.”
Klima, having completed her first season as varsity coach Tuesday, commented on how she thinks she fared in 2013.
“I definitely learned a lot,” Klima said. “I want to make improvements in the future, and that’s what I plan on doing.”
Ada, with its win Tuesday, advanced to a sectional championship match at 6:15 p.m. Saturday against the Lincolnview Lancers at Elida High School.
The winner of Saturday’s match will advance to the Northwest District tournament at Van Wert High School.
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