KETTERING — In capturing its third straight district championship, the Tippecanoe volleyball team also earned a shot at some payback.
The undefeated Red Devils looked stronger than ever in the Division II district final Saturday at Fairmont’s Trent Arena, routing Taylor 25-12, 25-6, 25-11 and earning a trip to the regional tournament.
Tippecanoe, which improved to 25-0 with the win, was making its fourth straight district final appearance. The first of those appearances in 2017 ended with a loss to Fenwick — which the Red Devils will now face in Thursday’s regional semifinal round.
And on Saturday, Taylor simply never had a chance.
“Out of the gate strong in the first set, scoring a lot from the pins with (Corinn) Siefring leading the way with four kills and the middles (Rachel) Wildermuth and (Olivia) Gustavson with five between them,” Tippecanoe coach Howard Garcia said. “More of the same in the second set, with Siefring leading the way with five kills and (Ashley) Aselage joining the fray with three monstrous attacks from the right side.
“Set 3 was close up to eight points, and we took off thanks to solid blocking — with six total — and great serving. Lots of energy and good ball control during the entire match. I liked our approach and the following of our scouting report.”
Siefring finished with 13 kills, 11 digs, two blocks and two aces, Rachel Wildermuth added six kills, six blocks, two aces and 16 assists, Aselage had five kills, Gustavson had four kills and two blocks and Kaitlyn Husic had four kills and nine digs. Molly Achtenburg had three blocks, Hannah Wildermuth had 12 assists and Alaina Titley had 16 digs and three assists.
Tippecanoe will face Fenwick at 6 p.m. Thursday at Centerville High School.
Miami East 1
CLAYTON — Miami East saw its district title streak snapped at nine years as the Vikings’ season ended in the Division III district final with a four-set loss to McNicholas, 25-16, 25-19, 19-25, 25-16 Friday at Northmont High School.
Miami East finished the season 14-11.
• Girls Soccer
Tippecanoe 0, OT
BELLEFONTAINE — The Tippecanoe girls soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday night as Oakwood scored in the first overtime period to break a scoreless tie and claim a 1-0 victory in the D-II district final at Bellefontaine High School.
Tippecanoe finished the season 16-1-2.
MONROE — A pair of late goals propelled Mariemont past Bethel in the D-III district final Saturday at Monroe High School, with the Bees falling 2-0.
Bethel finished the season 14-3.
TRENTON — The season came to an end for the Lehman girls soccer team as Cincinnati Country Day scored two goals in the game’s final 16 minutes to defeat the Cavaliers 2-0 in the D-III district final Saturday at Edgewood High School.
Lehman finished the season 15-2-1.