October 18, 2013
Homer encouraged in loss to Warriors
Displaying a fighting spirit, Homer Central played well Thursday but could not avoid losing its third straight volleyball match.
Highly-regarded Westhill came to town and improved to 14-1 with a narrow 26-24, 25-20, 25-22 OHSL win over the determined Trojans.
“It’s difficult to say in a loss, but we really made leaps and bounds in this match,” Homer coach Jeremy Cook said, his side now 9-5 on the season. “We showed a lot of growth in areas where we really needed to make them from our last couple matches. We have needed to rebound and the way that the girls have come together in the last couple days is amazing.
“Westhill is at the top of the league and in contention for a number one sectional seed,” he continued. “We were thrilled to take them this deep in this match. We very well may see them again in sectional play and I think this helps our confidence going forward.”
Coach Cook praised the play of Mary Mercer, who had six digs defensively and three kills at the net. Mikayla McNeill was also staunch at the net with 10 kills and four blocks. Emily Cottrell added four kills and eight digs while Emma Gutchess provided 20 assists, three kills and two digs.
Annaleigh Gedney led Westhill with 15 assists, five digs and three kills. Xiomara Rodriguez added nine digs and six kills while Delaney Martin had seven kills and five digs.
HOMER JVs got back on the winning track with a 25-8, 25-21 triumph over Westhill.
The Trojans (13-1) were led by Meleah Hartnett led Homer with 16 assists and three digs. Molly Ulirch added nine digs and two kills, Megan Guerrera contributed nine digs and five kills and Cary Trierweiler had four kills, three digs and two blocks.
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