WATERFORD - For the sixth consecutive season, the Waterford High volleyball team has won a Division IV sectional title.
After defeating Symmes Valley in three sets by scores of 25-11, 25-4 and 25-13 Thursday at the Harry Cooper Annex, the Wildcats can call themselves sectional champs yet again.
"I just told them to go out and have fun," said Waterford head coach Jandy Drayer. "We tried some different things tonight."
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Waterford’s Laura Hill (15) spikes the ball against Symmes Valley during sectional final action Thursday night.
Different things, same results.
The Lady 'Cats jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first game and never looked back. Symmes Valley cut it to 12-8 but kills by Laura Hill and Dani Drayer halted the comeback attempt.
Later in the set, Drayer had back-to-back kills, assisted by Alyssa Miller and Jessie Reynolds, to give Waterford a 21-10 lead. Hill then served consecutive aces and Drayer later got an ace of her own to top the Vikings 25-11 and take a 1-0 lead.
Waterford d. Symmes Valley
25-11, 25-4, 25-13
Waterford (21-2) stats: Dani Drayer 4pts, 1ace, 9kills, 1block, 2digs; Laura Hill 13pts, 6aces, 5asst, 9kills, 5digs; Taylor Hilverding 10pts, 2aces, 6kills, 3blocks, 3digs; Haley McCutcheon 4pts, 1ace, 7kills, 3blocks, 10digs; Alyssa Miller 8pts, 35asst, 1kill, 10digs; Regan Porter 2kills; Jessie Reynolds 1asst, 4kills; Katie Semon 4digs; Maddy Sury 14pts, 8aces, 1asst, 6kills, 3blocks, 1dig
Next match: Waterford vs South Webster (District semifinal) at Jackson High School at approx. 7 p.m.
The second game was as close as 6-2 before kills by Haley McCutcheon and Taylor Hilverding made it a six-point game. Later, McCutcheon notched two kills in a row off assists from Maddy Sury and Miller to extend the lead to 15-3. The Vikings cut it to 16-4 before Waterford took the final nine points to win the second set in a blowout fashion.
The third set was a tad bit closer, with Waterford going on top 13-8. A kill by Hill and an ace by McCutcheon made it 15-8. Three plays later, Sury came up with four straight aces to stretch the lead to 20-9. Later, back-to-back kills by Reynolds made it 23-13 before a kill by Regan Porter ended it at 25-13 to give the Wildcats the sweep.
Sury led the team with 14 points and eight aces. Hill was close behind with 13 points and six aces. Hill also, along with Drayer, had a team-high nine kills. Miller and McCutcheon each led the squad with 10 digs and Miller added 35 assists. Sury, McCutcheon and Hilverding all recorded three blocks.
It's been a big year for the green and white. The Lady Wildcats defeated league rival Eastern twice, finished a perfect 16-0 in the TVC-Hocking and now has high hopes for the remainder of the postseason.
"From here on out it will be a battle," Coach Drayer said.
Up next for the Wildcats is South Webster, the No. 3 seed in the bracket, which defeated Western in three sets Thursday evening. The district semifinal match will take place Wednesday following the conclusion of the Notre Dame/Trimble game, which starts at 6 p.m.