Oregon volleyball player setting records at Ohio U.
Oregon native Ellen Herman knocked down 11 kills to become Ohio University’s all-time kills leader en route to helping the Bobcat volleyball team to a 14-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-12 victory over Buffalo on the road.
The win was the Bobcats' fourth-straight Mid-American Conference win. Herman surpassed former Ohio standout Melissa Griffin (2004-07) in the second set with a big kill to help the Green and White gain the momentum it would need the rest of the way.
Herman was the 2008 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. While in high school at Central Catholic, she was rated the 43rd top recruit in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com and was the first Fighting Irish player to receive all-state honors twice.
The 6-foot-1 outside hitter finished the Buffalo match with 12 kills on 42 attacks and five errors. Herman also tallied 15 digs on the evening to pick up her sixth double-double of the season. Herman's 1,686 total kills now rank her seventh on the MAC's all-time kills list, 23 off of Tammy Schiller (Bowling Green) in sixth place.
In another match, Herman had 20 kills as Ohio won a straight-set, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18 victory over Central Michigan in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 fans at OU’s Convocation Center Saturday night.
In Ohio’s first three Mid-American Conference matches, the Bobcats did not lose a set. Ohio completed its third consecutive sweep at Akron, posting set scores of 25-18, 25-21 and 25-21. The first set saw a balanced Bobcat offensive attack, with Ellen Herman, Katie Post and Meghan Simons each accumulating three kills.
Akron would not go down without a fight, and fight is a great word for what they did in the third set. Every time it
appeared that the `Cats were just a point or two from pulling away, the Zips wouldn't allow it. Ohio jumped to a 21-17 lead courtesy of good defense and a few Akron attacking errors, but the Zips were able to pull within one at 21-20. Ohio then won four of the next five points, capping off the set and match with a Herman kill.
"Akron did a nice job hanging around," said Ohio coach Ryan Theis. "They did a nice job of keeping pace with us...siding out. Eventually we were able to get some pressure on them and take over. Sets two and three were both very close up until the end."
Although Herman is a 2006 graduate of Central, she went to middle school at Fassett. She played volleyball for long time Clay coach Dave Habegger at the Toledo Volleyball Club. She has also played for the National A2 team the past two springs (the precursor to the Olympic team).
She’s not alone at OU, either. Her younger brother Eric, who is currently playing football for Ohio, is a red-shirt freshman this year. Eric, also from Oregon and a Central grad, is a 6-4, 293 pound offensive lineman.
At Central, Eric claimed First-Team All-City League Offensive and Defensive Line honors. He was invited to participate in the Ohio North/South All-Star game after posting 13 solo tackles and 48 total tackles with four tackles for loss and a sack as a senior. Chris was a member of Central’s 2005 Division II state championship team
While there are female golfers, such as current golfer and former state qualifier Alyssa Shimel at Eastwood, who have played a part in making the sport a tradition at their schools, even more are taking up the sport. Many leagues are starting to sanction girls golf, also, as schools are filling up varsity rosters.
Take for instance Northwood junior Macy DeLuca, who played at White Pines near Swanton in the Division II sectional on Tuesday. DeLuca shot 129.
"She has another year left and she enjoys the game of golf," Northwood coach Reese Snyder said. "I think she'd like to play more. She's hoping to play more next summer and she'd like to get her score down below 100. That's a goal for her. When she plays next year, we want to get her below 50 when she plays the nine-hole rounds."
The Lake club hockey team will become the first high school team to play a game in the new Lucas County Arena in downtown Toledo. The Flyers will take on the Ottawa Hills Green Bears on November 26 as part of a fundraiser. There is no admission charge, except that anyone attending is expected to donate some type of food item for the homeless and families in need.
Curling in Northwest Ohio
The Bowling Green Curling Club, one of only four curling clubs in Ohio, will be kicking off its 41st season in mid October, and is inviting the public to come out and give the sport a try.
Open Curls are scheduled on three evenings and one Saturday afternoon this year. Anyone can come out to the Bowling Green State University Ice Arena on Mercer Road in BG, receive some basic instruction from club members, and play a short game.
These Open Curls are scheduled as follows: Thursday, October 15th from 7 to 9 pm; Friday, October 16th from 7 to 9 pm; Saturday, October 17th from 2 to 4 pm; Tuesday, October 20th from 7 to 9 pm
All participants are encouraged to come early, dress comfortably for forty degrees, and bring clean athletic shoes to wear on the ice. All necessary equipment will be furnished.
The cost is $10 per person. Anyone from ages 8 to 80 and beyond is invited. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit the club website www.bgcurlingclub.com, or call Mike at 419-262-1143.
Western Basin Toledo AAU Basketball will holds its 2009 Preseason Shooting Tune-Up Basketball Clinic at Eastern Community YMCA on Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28. Session 1 is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for boys and girls in grades 5-8. Session 2 is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. for grades 9-12. Space is limited, 18 people per session. Former college and prep basketball coach Arnie Sutter is instructor. Register at the YMCA or call 419-691-3523. Members fee is $15, non-members $20. Financial assistance available.