Volleyball teams start strong


By Chris Miles - cmiles@civitasmedia.com



Jonathan Alder setter Natalie Regula (9) sets up her teammate for a kill during the Lady Pioneers win over North Union last week.

Jonathan Alder setter Natalie Regula (9) sets up her teammate for a kill during the Lady Pioneers win over North Union last week.


High school football and even soccer seems to get more attention than volleyball squads during the fall sports season. But the Madison County school’s playing the sport are doing well here early in the season.

Red Raiders battle consistency

At times this season the London Red Raiders have been nearly unstoppable, at others they’ve been maddeningly inconsistent. If coach Darrell Eades somehow gets more of the good and a lot less of the bad he believes his team can do big things this season.

“Things have been so-so thus far,” Eades said. “We’ve had a few things happen here and there that have hurt us. There are a few errors that we have to work on and clean up, but if we can do that we’ll be just fine.”

The Raiders (3-2) have a winning record, but perhaps the coach would’ve felt a lot better right now had his team put together a better overall effort during a pair of matches in Springfield over the weekend.

London took care of business in earning a 25-21, 25-22, victory over Springfield Catholic Central, but made too many mistakes in dropping a three-set match to Kenton Ridge 25-19, 15-25, 22-25.

“The weekend was kind of a mess,” he said. “There’s no doubt we didn’t play our best. We’d probably should be 4-1 if we were a little more consistent.”

The coach knows that he’s relying a lot on a couple sophomores and a freshman and that can be trying. But as those kids continue to gain experience on the varsity level, the overall level of play should not only get better, but more importantly more consistent in nature.

“I absolutely love this team,” Eades said. “We just have some young kids that are very athletic but it’s going to take some time. We’re going to keep practicing and working on the things we need to work on.”

The team picked up a three-set victory over Worthington Christian on Sept. 3 (25-17, 25-15, 25-14), earning its first Mid-State League Ohio Division victory of the season.

The team has been lead by standout senior setter Mackenzie Minner, who is playing at a high level.

“I really like how she’s playing right now,” the coach said. “She’s the quarterback out there and is doing a great job. Our seniors are leading the way and our younger girls are coming along. Hopefully we’ll get to where we want to be sooner rather than later.”

Jonathan Alder remains undefeated

The Lady Pioneers (8-0) are off to a scorching start, winning all eight of their matches to date, including their first two Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference contests of the season.

Alder downed visiting North Union 25-14, 25-15, 25-18 on Sept. 1 in its league opener and then cruised past Galion 25-16, 25-14, 25-18 in a home league tilt Saturday.

The team was scheduled to play at Buckeye Valley Tuesday and will be in action Thursday at home against Marion Harding.

Plains tops Bexley

The Golden Eagles have two impressive victories this season, a triumph over East Clinton and Thursday’s dominating performance over visiting Bexley 25-16, 25-9, 25-21.

The team was scheduled to play at London Tuesday and will be back home for a date with Grandview Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Shekinah falls to Tree of Life

The Flames (3-2) are off to a good start, with their only two losses coming at the hands of Tree of Life.

The team has wins over Northside Christian, Harvest Prep and Liberty Christian East, but has been unable to solve Tree of Life, losing twice 2-1.

The first defeat came Aug. 29 with a 25-19, 23-25, 25-23 decision, the second loss occurred Saturday as Shekinah was downed 27-25, 25-23, 25-17.

Chris Miles can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports

Jonathan Alder setter Natalie Regula (9) sets up her teammate for a kill during the Lady Pioneers win over North Union last week.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_JDG_9052a_-JAHS-No9-Regula_-Sets-ball-at-Net.jpgJonathan Alder setter Natalie Regula (9) sets up her teammate for a kill during the Lady Pioneers win over North Union last week.

By Chris Miles

cmiles@civitasmedia.com

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