Norwalk Tames Shelby

NORWALK - Along the way, Shelby varsity volleyball coach Brandie Albert knew there would be growing pains.

Thursday happened to be one of those painful days.

The Lady Whippets were roughed by defending Northern Ohio League champion Norwalk 3-0.

"We started out down 6-1 in two of the three games, which is never a good thing, especially when it is a program like Norwalk has," said Albert. "Well-earned, so smooth, Norwalk never looked like they were out of sync. They control things so well on their side of the net."

The Truckers rolled up wins of 25-13, 25-8 and 25-15.

SHS totaled 23 kills during the outing, led by Emma Hlad with seven. Bri Wagoner knocked down five while Kennadie Goth and Chelsea Barnd each had three.

Hitting all of their serves were Taylor Evans, Goth and Hlad. Evans was 9 of 9 with an ace. Rachel Gies had the team's other ace.

The red and gray managed just two blocks in the match.

Pacing the team in digs were Madison Alfrey (9) and Gies (8).

Evans notched 27 of 29 sets with 13 assists. Goth was 21 of 22 with six assists.

Gies went 16 of 16 receiving.

"We can't make so many reception (5) and serving (5) errors against a team who makes very, very few themselves and be competitive," said Albert. "We would do one or two things well and they would come back with an even smarter play to trump us."

"We have some things to learn from this, but I thought the kids on my side of the net weren't rolling over and dying and finally felt like they could actually play on the same court in the third game."

Shelby now stands at 1-1 in the conference and is 1-2 overall and plays host to Tiffin Columbian Tuesday.

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