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Lady Hornets hit rough patch

By Todd Reed Press-News Sports Editor Published: September 30, 2016 10:00 AM

East Canton's Natalie Spitale had 12 kills and Kylee Holland added 12 points and four aces during a 25-23, 25-14, 25-17 loss to Ridgewood.

The Lady Hornets had only 10 digs and 10 kills as a team as they dropped a 25-10, 25-11, 25-7 decision to Tusky Central.

The girls were beaten by Garaway 25-21, 25-16, 25-15. Spitale had nine kills, seven points and 12 digs; Holland and Laurelyn Schmidt each had three blocks and two kills; and Turstyn Holland-Kerekes led the team with 20 digs.

"It was a tough week for the East Canton volleyball team," noted Head Coach Dan Pennell. "Against Ridgewood, we lost our momentum when we lost the first game by two, and then had trouble finding it the next two games.

"Tusky Central was the runner-up in the state last year, and look better this year. The speed and athleticism in which they play with is very hard to match.

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"Garaway was a carbon copy of the Ridgewood match. We lost a tough first set after leading most of the game, and then could not find our way in the next two sets.

"We are 6-5 halfway through the season and the girls would love to have more support to cheer them on as they start the second half."

In the volleyball version of "The Battle of the Hornets", East Canton lost a tough five-setter to Malvern 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, 15-25, 7-15.

Spitale had 18 kills, nine points, 21 digs and 11 receptions; Maggie Geis had 10 kills, 10 points, nine receptions and eight digs; Holland had eight kills and 11 points; Addison Loy had 10 points; Holland-Kerekes had 16 receptions and 31 digs; and Audri Nichols had 38 assists.

East Canton closed the week with a 22-25, 26-24, 25-18, 28-30, 15-10 loss to Strasburg.

Spitale had 18 kills, 17 digs and 14 receptions; Nichols had 30 assists; Geis had eight kills, four blocks, 19 receptions and 15 digs; and Holland-Kerekes had 44 digs and 17 receptions.

The Lady Hornets were to face Hiland on Sept. 26 and Newcomerstown on Sept. 27, before hosting Sandy Valley today (Sept. 29) and Heartland Christian on Monday, Oct. 3. The girls will travel to Ridgewood on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

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