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Cougars fight off Chiefs in CBC battle

Kenton Ridge outlasted Bellefontaine in a back-and-forth Central Buckeye Conference volleyball match Thursday night.

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Bellefontaine’s Jessica Kinchen prepares to send the ball over the net during Thursday’s match against Kenton Ridge. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

The visiting Cougars won the opening set 26-24, but Bellefontaine rebounded to take the second set 25-21. Kenton Ridge then won the third set 25-18 and led 21-13 in the fourth set.

However, the Chiefs rallied for a 25-23 victory to extend the match to a decisive fifth set. The Braves pulled out a 15-13 win to take the match.

Bellefontaine is now 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the CBC, while the Cougars improve to 3-3, 1-2.

For the Chiefs, Carley Strzalka was 23-23 serving with 13 digs, Jaelyn Jester 17-19 serving with 31 assists, Shelbi Kauffman had 28 digs, Jessica Kinchen recorded 24 digs and 13 kills, Kenzie Brunswick had 12 kills, Kameren Haley registered 10 kills, Jazmyn Haley had 11 kills and three blocks, Whitney Rader was 17-17 serving and Jordan Lininger added 12 digs and 13 assists.

In the junior varsity match, the Cougars won 26-24, 25-13.

Bellefontaine is back in action Saturday at Kenton.

Lakers zap Falcons

Indian Lake’s volleyball team handled host Graham 25-18, 25-17, 25-21 in Central Buckeye Conference action Thursday.

The Lakers improve to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the CBC, while the Falcons fall to 2-3, 1-2.

Gabi Maier had a perfect night on serves received, Michelle Grider had four aces and Mikaela Oyer tallied 11 kills to lead the Lakers.

In junior varsity action, Graham won 25-18, 25-16. Tori Lones had a strong passing effort for the Lakers and Hannah Kilgore was stellar at the net.

Indian Lake hosts Botkins on Monday in a non-league contest.

Tigers edge M’burg

West Liberty-Salem’s volleyball team defeated host Mechanicsburg on Thursday 25-14, 19-25, 21-25, 25-18, 15-13 in an Ohio Heritage Conference contest.

Rachel Loffing led the Tigers with 10 kills and 23 digs, Courtney Milliron had 18 digs and five aces and Autumn Klinger added 28 assists.

Mechanicsburg won the junior varsity match in two sets.

WL-Salem travels to Benjamin Logan on Monday for a local non-league meeting.

SCC tops Triad

Springfield Catholic Central defeated Triad 25-14, 25-13, 25-9 in Ohio Heritage Conference volleyball action Thursday.

The Cardinals are now 3-3 overall and 2-2 in OHC play.

For Triad, Maddi Ehrenborg had eight points, 12 digs and one kill, Dayna Ober recorded eight points, seven digs and five kills and Anna McKenzie had five assists.

SCC won the reserve match 25-12, 25-6. Chelsea Price led Triad with six points.

Fairbanks turns back Riverside

Fairbanks’ volleyball team derailed visiting Riverside in three sets Thursday 25-7, 25-4, 25-13 in a Northwest Central Conference matchup.

Riverside hosts Waynesfield-Goshen on Thursday in another NWCC contest.

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