Newton's Ella Rapp makes a set for the Lady Indians in WOAC matchup with Arcanum. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Newton stays perfect with win over Arcanum

The Newton Lady Indians advance to 8-0 on 2022 OHSAA volleyball season

PLEASANT HILL – The Newton Lady Indians earned a 3-0 WOAC win over the visiting Arcanum Lady Trojans volleyball team.

“I’m thrilled,” said Newton coach, Danita Rapp. “They’ve been preparing for this season, not just this game but preparing for the season as a whole and it seems like they continue to settle in and find the tempo and the rhythm they need and trust the process.”

“Arcanum was tough,” Rapp continued. “I knew they weren’t going down without a fight. We spent a lot of time preparing for this. It was anybody’s game but our girls wanted it, they wanted it bad.”

“Newton is a scrappy team and they are a great team,” said Arcanum coach, Jacie Holman. “They have a lot of potential and they gave us a really good run for our money tonight.”

Newton came into the night sporting a perfect 7-0 overall season mark and 2-0 in conference play and proved they were a 2022 team to contend with.

The Lady Indians took a 16-10 first set lead bringing a timeout from the Arcanum bench and pushed its lead to 23-14 bringing a second Lady Trojans timeout on their way to a 25-16 opening win.

Set No. 2 saw Newton open with a 3-1 advantage only to have the Lady Trojans battle back to knot the score at 6-6 and 10-10 before the Lady Indians opened a 19-13 lead and an Arcanum timeout. Newton closed out 6-5 to take a 2-0 lead with a 25-18 second set win.

“We knew coming in our beginning of the season was really tough,” Coach Holman said of her young Lady Trojans team. “We knew that we had things to prove to these teams that didn’t expect us to be where we were but we have even more that we need to show teams. We’re going to continue to build.”

Arcanum earned a 12-7 third set lead bringing a Newton timeout. The Lady Trojans extended its lead to 15-9 before the Lady Indians evened the score at 17-17. Arcanum regained the lead at 22-18 before Newton made it a 23-23 score and scored the final two points for a 25-23 win.

“They clearly proved to us that you cannot count them out when we’re up 10 or 12 points,” said Coach Holman. “You can’t count them out to come back.”

“I have to give it up to our front row,” added Holman. “We blocked them, we made them tip, and our defense was on our toes but they just mixed it up so much that we didn’t know what was coming. We didn’t know if it was going to be a solid hitter, we didn’t know if it was going to be a tip. They did a great.”

With the win Newton advances to 8-0 on the season and 3-0 in conference play. Arcanum moves to 3-3 and 1-2 on the year.

Newton takes on perineal WOAC powerhouse Tri-Village Lady Patriots in a Thursday night conference matchup. Both teams bring undefeated WOAC marks to the match; Newton at 3-0 and TV a 2-0 conference record.

“We didn’t set those big goals, we stayed with small goals, we stayed focused one game at a time,” Coach Rapp noted of the 2022 WOAC season. “I believe that the conference is strong and deep. We’re not there yet, we have a lot of contenders this month that are going to be playing hard and pushing for a win too so we are going to focus just one game at a time and see how it shapes up.”

Paige Burrell goes to the net for Arcanum in Tuesday night conference match at Newton. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Olivia Rapp sets for for the Lady Indians in Newton's win over Arcanum. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum's Reece Blinn returns a Newton serve in WOAC volleyball action. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Emma Hemphill tips the ball over the net in Tuesday night WOAC win over the Lady Trojans. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Sarah Koehl goes for an Arcanum kill in match with the Newton Lady Indians. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
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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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