Arcanum falls to undefeated & state ranked New Bremen

by | Oct 11, 2021 | Arcanum, Darke County News, Sports, Volleyball

Haley Smith (21) and Sarah Koehl (9) go up for an Arcanum block in non-conference action with New Bremen. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Lady Trojans prep for tournament play with four match week ahead

ARCANUM – The undefeated and top ten OHSAA state ranked New Bremen Lady Cardinals traveled to Arcanum and defeated a stubborn Lady Trojans volleyball team 3-0 in non-conference action.

“New Bremen is a tough team,” said Arcanum coach, Macey O’Dell. “We have to want to play with them. We proved it in the third set – we could and we’re a strong team as well but we just can’t come out slow.”

New Bremen jumped out to 6-0 and 9-1 first set advantages before the Lady Trojans regrouped to make to score 11-points the rest of the opening period and fall 25-11 to the visitors.

“We were struggling the first set to even get a pass up for our hitters to swing but I think they were a little intimidated at first and played timid,” O’Dell stated, “but then we started swinging and it worked good.”

Set No. 2 had Arcanum up 4-2 and 6-5 before the Lady Cardinals hit their stride using an 11-0 run to lead 16-6 bringing a timeout from the Lady Trojans bench. Bremen closed out the set with a 9-5 run to win 25-11 and go up 2-0.

The third set saw the Lady Trojans confidence building as the teams played to 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4 and Arcanum taking a 6-4 advantage. The teams again played to 8-8, 10-10, 11-11, 12-12 and 13-13 ties before the Lady Trojans once again grabbed a 2-point advantage; 15-13 only to have the Lady Cardinals even the score at 15-15.

New Bremen took advantage of 5-unanswered points to lead 20-15 with the teams matching points down the stretch giving the visitors a 25-20 third  set win and the match to stay undefeated on the 2021 season.

“I told my team – we got a great prep for tournament,” said Coach O’Dell. “Next week every game we have Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday – they’re all going to be tough. We’re going to go into the tournament strong.”

Arcanum's Taylor Gray goes for a kill in the team's match with the Lady Cardinals. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ellie Fout goes strong to the net for Arcanum in the Lady Trojans non-conference match with New Bremen. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Reece Blinn tips the ball over the net for the Lady Trojans in Saturday volleyball action. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum sophomore Haley Smith goes for a block in the Lady Trojans match with New Bremen. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Taylor Gray slams a kill for Arcanum in the Lady Trojans home match with New Bremen. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics.

Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award.

Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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