Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

Manchester volleyball tops White Oak despite injuries, frustration

Despite an absence and multiple injuries, the Manchester volleyball team pulled away for a four-set home victory over White Oak on Tuesday evening.

Missing their normal libero in sophomore Sierra Thatcher, MHS Head Coach Tabitha Spires brought up the junior-varsity libero in set number one. However, Spires said that move was detrimental to the flow of her team, who just came off a victory against Fayetteville, as the Greyhounds fell behind early and lost the first set 26-24.

“Our libero wasn’t here tonight so I tried to pull up one of the JV players and I think that’s what threw us off in the beginning was one, we’re down a libero, and two, it’s a JV player who’s never really played with us so that was my mistake putting her in,” Spires said. “It just messed up our atmosphere because we had an awesome game against Fayetteville – like the best game we’ve ever played – and I think I just messed up our flow.”

In addition to playing the remainder of the game without a libero, the Greyhounds were licking their wounds in terms of injuries. Senior Summer Wilbur was playing with a knee brace and an injured serving hand while fellow senior Kayla Wagoner came out of the game in tears during the third set with an injured knee of her own, leaving the squad playing without a safety net for a large portion of the game.

The second set saw the Greyhounds jump out to a 10-5 lead, but White Oak brought it back to 11-9 before Spires was forced to burn a timeout and regroup. What was said in the huddle worked as Wilbur and senior Cassidy Spires had multiple runs of serves to bring the score to 18-11. Spires put the second set away with a kill of her own to even the game at 1-1 as the Greyhounds took set two 25-15.

Spires continued finding the floor with her kills in the third set, forcing White Oak to call a timeout as they trailed 11-7, but frustration continued to seep into the Greyhound side after MHS gave up an easy point when nobody made a move to set a pass from the back line. Coach Spires immediately called a timeout, screaming at her team, “Get over here!”

“Sometimes you got to rip them every now and then to get their butts in gear,” Spires said.

Despite the frustration and the injury to Wagoner, MHS controlled the third set fairly easily as they earned another 25-15 win and led two sets to one.

Senior Morgan Johnson, who finished the game with 29 kills to lead the team, said the frustrations on display in the third set were remnants of the poor play from the first set that the team was still dwelling on.

“I think we were still frustrated about the first game because we knew we had played badly,” Johnson said. “But once we picked it up that’s when it went away. We’re actually a good team and we actually can play together but when we get down on ourselves then we’re all down. But when someone gets up, we all come back up.”

The fourth set, despite playing shorthanded, was never in question as Manchester seemed to cruise despite the adversity. MHS jumped out to a 5-1 lead after a tip by Wilbur found open court. That lead swelled to 12-5 and 17-8 when White Oak called a timeout after mishandling a tip at the net. The game ended on Johnson’s 29th kill of the evening after a long rally to give Manchester the 3-1 victory.

Coach Spires said her team’s back line play was especially key to their win.

“Katie Sandlin really stepped up,” Spires said. “She’s not a back row player but she had excellent passing. Her and McKayla Smith really stepped up and played back row very well.”

Manchester’s next game will take place Tuesday night at home against Fayetteville with junior varsity beginning at 5 p.m.

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391 or cgrove@civitasmedia.com.

Manchester senior Cassidy Spires goes up for a spike against White Oak during Tuesday’s victory.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_0004.jpgManchester senior Cassidy Spires goes up for a spike against White Oak during Tuesday’s victory. Charles Grove | People’s Defender

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