October 23, 2021

Homer loses tough battle to J-D

Rich Barnes/contributing photographer

Homer’s Izzi Wallace (95) makes a diving hit on a play during their match against Jamesville-DeWitt Wednesday.

The Homer Central girls’ volleyball team hosted another perennial power Thursday night as Jamesville-DeWitt came to the high school gymnasium for a non-league match.

The Trojans put up a great fight, including winning the first set 29-27, but the undefeated Red Rams rallied to win the next three sets and the match 25-21, 25-17, 25-22. Homer is 3-2 overall. Jamesville- DeWitt is 3-0 overall.

“After Monday’s tough loss (to Westhill) we really needed to regroup and we knew tonight was going to be a tough one,” Homer coach Jeremy Cook said. “J-D is coming off a sectional championship last year and returning a lot of strong players, we had our work cut out for us. I was pleased with our energy and our fight tonight. We made some amazing adjustments and the girls really showed tremendous focus and intensity tonight.”

Delaney Hartnett came through with 31 assists and one kill for Homer. Allyson Natale delivered 14 kills, 13 digs and one block while Izzi Wallace had 25 digs. Celine Beaudry added nine digs and seven kills. Kaia Hubbard posted eight kills, one block and one dig. Caraline Riley had eight digs, plus Annika Roos had five kills, four blocks and one dig.

“Delaney really stepped up dishing out 31 assists,” Cook said. “We were much more balanced on offense tonight with Kaia with 8 kills, Annika with 5 kills, Celine with 7 kills and Allyson with 14 kills leading the attack and playing outstanding. Izzi was amazing on defense tonight and tallying a career high in digs.”

Jamesville-DeWitt was paced by Maris Ryan with 30 assists and 14 digs. Alexis LeClair had 27 digs and six assists while Linda Shen added 15 kills and nine digs. Cara Glazier and Erica Schwedes had double digits in digs with 12 and 10, respectively.

Homer varsity volleyball will look to snap its two-match losing streak to a pair of Section 3 powerhouses with a return in OHSL Liberty American Division competition today. The Trojans travel to Mexico The JV start time is 5 p.m. with the varsity match to follow.

Barnes/contributing photographer

Homer’s Delaney Hartnett (15) sets the ball for teammate Kaia Hub- bard (1) during their match against Jamesville-DeWitt Wednesday. The Trojans took the rst set 29-27, but the Red Rams claimed the next three sets 25-21, 25-17, 25-22 and the match.

HOMER JVs improved to 4-1 overall after a 25-19, 25-20, 25-18 victory over Jamesville-DeWitt Wednesday.

“We played a great game this evening,” Homer coach Melissa Sorenson said. “It was our best game played all season. The girls had enthusiasm and positive energy the whole time, even when they were down. They managed to dig out of a hole starting the second set and coming out on top with the win.”

Keira Miller had a solid night for the Trojans with 14 service points and seven aces. Lulu Effinger added 12 service points and three aces. Abi Coolidge provided nine service points and four aces while Mya Updyke delivered nine service points and six assists. Kaleigh Moss posted four kills and three service points with Kayla Miller having two kills and one block.