Jets bounce Bengals from tourney; set for Woodlan
SOLDNER SIGHTS IN â€” Adams Central senior outside hitter Sarah Soldner sights the ball and prepares for a spike during AC Sectional Tourney play Thursday while an interested fan, dad Dave Soldner (upper right) looks on. Sarah had four kills as the Jets dumped Bluffton 3-0 to advance to the tourney semi-finals. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
Adams Central took care of business Thursday night in the opening round of Sectional 37 (2A) Volleyball play, handling Bluffton in straight games, 25-10, 25-11, and 25-13.
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Senior Hali Wendel was her dominant self,, whacking in 18 kills with two blocks and 12 digs, and setter Alyssa Keller was busy with 30 assists, eight digs and five kills, plus an ace and a block.
"The girls played well tonight. That's the most hustle I've seen out of this group, though I haven't seen all the games," stated assistant coach Katie Sprunger, subbing in for her sister, head coach Jeremi Schortgen.
"The seniors stepped up and led. Hali Wendel had a great game and Sarah Soldner played well. It was fun to come here and be a part of this tonight."
The victory puts the Jets at 18-12 on the season and gives them a semi-final date with ACAC champion Woodlan on Saturday. Bishop Luers will meet South Adams in the 11 a.m. contest and 22 minutes later the Lady Jets will hit the floor. The title match is slated for 4 p.m. at the main gym at Central.
"This was a great game to prepare our girls for Saturday against Woodlan. Defensively, it was the best I've seen out of this group in a while. The girls came through and I had to coach only a little bit. I really didn't do much," said Sprunger.
Schortgen is out with the illness and hopes to be back on Saturday.
Soldner added four kills with three digs and an ace while Bess Fiechter had four kills, 12 digs, two aces and one assist. Jenny Schultz put down five kills with an assist and one dig.
Abby Snyder added three kills with four digs, two aces and one assist. Alexa Baller had five digs and one help and Jenae Blackburn brought up three digs.
Bluffton played its best in the final game, keeping it close early. A Wendel block was bounced right back up, and the AC senior crunched in the follow-up kill for a 15-9 AC lead, then the senior took over, striking three more kills to put the Jets up 21-10.
Snyder connected from the right side for a 22-11 score. Bluffton's Kara Fiechter connected on a couple of shots. A tap by Jenny Schultz stopped the Tigers' momentum, and the Jets closed them out.