Otsego won the league title with a 13-1 record, followed by Gibsonburg (11-3), Eastwood (9-5), Genoa (8-6), Lake (8-6), Lakota (5-9), Woodmore (1-13), and Elmwood (1-13).
Ansell was a first team choice at middle blocker, and second team middle blocker went to Eastwood senior Carrie Moenter and Gibsonburg senior Katie Jones.
In three of Ansell’s final SLL matches this season, she had 15 kills, six solo blocks, and three aces as Genoa defeated Lake 22-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-12; 20 kills, three solo blocks, and two aces as the Comets lost to Gibsonburg 25-18, 24-26, 25-23, 23-25, 15-4; and 18 kills, two solo blocks, and three assisted blocks as the Comets defeated Woodmore 22-25, 25-17, 25-10, 25-18.
Ansell closed her junior season with 219 digs and 13 aces, which helped the Lady Comets improve to a monstrous 17-5 record overall, as well as a 11-3 finish and second-place mark in the SLL. She notched a season-high 17 kills in a contest with Elmwood, and recorded four solo blocks in an upset of league champ Lakota.
“Really, all of our seniors took me under their wings the year I made the varsity team as a sophomore, and had to leave all of my younger friends behind, but Chelsea Nissen, who was our captain, instantly became one of my best friends,” said Ansell.
Genoa’s season ended this year, Ansell’s last, in tournament play as Lake avenged the SLL loss. The Comets were 11-10.
First team outside hitter honors went to Lake senior Lauren Lind and Gibsonburg senior Whitney Mathia, while second team went to Genoa sophomore Alyssa Meis. First team setter honors went to Gibsonburg junior Aubrey Goetz and second team to Eastwood senior Brooke Albright. First team defensive specialist went to Eastwood senior Stacy Kotula.
Honorable mention selections are (Eastwood) senior Alyssa LaVoy, freshman Courtney Rolf, senior Katie Schuessler; (Genoa) sophomore Jessica Feller, sophomore Hannah Morrison, junior Sarah Muncey; (Gibsonburg) senior Emily Clark, sophomore Abby Copley, senior Lisa Davis, junior Samantha Stainbrook; (Lake) sophomore Kaysie Brittenham, senior Rebekah Will; (Woodmore) senior Megan Bitter and junior Elisha Stone.
In Division II tournament action, Eastwood and Oak Harbor were both competing for sectional championships Thursday night at Central Catholic. The Eagles were playing Maumee, while Oak Harbor, after defeating Woodward, was up against the Fighting Irish of Central. If either team won, it is to play in the district semifinal Tuesday, October 21 at Central starting at 7 p.m.
In Division III, Gibsonburg had a bye and was to play Lakota Saturday at Hopewell-Louden for a sectional title. If the Golden Bears defeat the Raiders, they play the winner of Riverdale and Margaretta on Oct. 21, 7 p.m. at Hopewell.