By Rob Kiser
Piqua Daily Call
VANDALIA — It was another outstanding season for the Tippecanoe volleyball team.
Even if Thursday night’s Division II regional semifinal with Roger Bacon didn’t go as hoped at the Vandalia SAC.
The Lady Red Devils finished the season with a 25-2 mark after losing to Roger Bacon in the regional semifinal for the second straight season, this time by a 25-12, 25-12, 25-13 score.
“What do people remember, that last match of course,” Tippecanoe volleyball coach Howard Garcia said. “But, I have always said, you don’t get down here by a fluke. We won a league title, we won a district title, these kids have exceeded all expectations we had for them this season.”
On Thursday, Tippecanoe could never get its offense on track — and the aggressive serving of Roger Bacon had a lot to do with that.
Tipp struggled to get the ball to the setter off serve receive all night and found themselves in big holes in all three sets by the midway point that the Red Devils couldn’t overcome.
“We couldn’t get the ball to the middle because of it,” Garcia said. “We tried from the outside, but that didn’t work either. We struggled with serve receive, but why was that? It not that our serve receive was poor, but Roger Bacon just served us so tough. It is tough to make adjustments when you are back on your feet. So kudos to them (Roger Bacon).”
In the early going of the first set, Ashley Aselage and Corinn Siefring each had two kills as Tipp was tied 4-4.
Roger Bacon would scored seven of the next nine points to go up 11-6.
Aselage and Siefring would add one kill each, but Roger Bacon took the set 25-12.
It was more of the same in the second set.
Aselage and Siefring had early kills and a kill by Olivia Newbourn on Abby Hughes’ served tied it 5-5.
But, Roger Bacon would score the next five points, forcing a Tippecanoe timeout.
The streak would reach 10 straight points, before a kill by Newbourn got Tipp within 15-6.
Roger Bacon would continue to pull away from there for another 25-12 win.
Another kill by Aselage and an ace by Alayna Titley had Tipp even at 3-3 in the third set.
“Ashley Aselage had some really good swings tonight,” Garcia said. “But, it takes more than one girl. You need everybody.”
Roger Bacon would score eight of the next 10 points — with only a kill by Molly Achentberg and a tip by Rachel Widermuth slowing the momentum.
Three points on Hughes’ serve — including a block by Wildermuth and a kill by Newbourn — got Tippecanoe within 13-9.
But, Roger Bacon would score the next eight points and finish the match off with a 25-13 win.
Siefring had six kills, while Aselage added five and Newbourn had three.
Wildemuth had three blocks and Siefring added two.
Wildermuth dished out eight assists and Emily Graham had four.
Titley and Alex Voisard both had one ace each, while Hughes led the defense with 18 digs, Siefring had 13 and Wildermuth added nine.
It was the final match for Graham, Hughes and Newbourn.
“Our seniors have done a great job this year,” Garcia said. “They have provided great leadership. We have a good core coming back next year. Hopefully, those seniors will learn from this year’s group and continue to do the same thing.”
And produce another amazing season for Tippecanoe volleyball.
Contact Piqua Daily Call Sports Editor Rob Kiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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