Lima netters spike Sheridan, Twin falls

District tourney up next for area Class C teams Lima, Sheridan, Twin Bridges
Lima’s Emily Stosich blasts a winning shot versus Sheridan during the Lady Bear’s road win last week. The victory improved Lima to 7-6 on the season and makes them a dark horse at this weekend’s district tournament. Jess Alberi photo


Lima made the short trip up to Sheridan last week, when the 7-6 Bears knocked off the struggling young Panther team.

In the first set, Sheridan jumped on top of the Lady Bears, 3-0. But Lima reasserted itself behind three straight kills by junior star Emily Stosich,

The Lady Bears committed a number of unforced errors in the match, but were kept in the first set by the serving of Cole Thornton and Katy Young, who were both stellar on the night.

Sheridan played some of its better volleyball of the season and showed flashes of greatness, but found themselves outshone by a better, more experienced and talented Lima team. 

In the second set, Emilie Schroder got things started for Lima by scoring 7 straight points on her powerful jump serve, only to see Sheridan bounce right back to make it 5-7 behind some great serving of their own by Alexis Woirhaye.

But Emily Stosich helped Lima control the net, and therefore control the set, which the Lady Bears went on to win, 25-14.

“Some of the reasons I think we are doing so well this season are that we are older and have more experience now,” said the humble Stosich, who credited her team for all her success.

“We have the desire which makes us work even harder, and we have become very close as a team. We all support each other in our successes and our failures.”

Lima’s efforts hit an obstacle when Stosich jammed her finger in the second set, though, forcing Coach Stosich (Emily's mom) to change things up a bit going into the third set.

“My mom has always supported me in all of my sporting activities and now instead of bossing me around from the stands, she gets to do it from the court,” said the Lima Homecoming Queen of her first-year coach.

“I love having her there. She definitely pushes me harder than any other coach I've had.  She works hard to be influential in all of our lives and everybody on the team has a good relationship with her.”

The Panthers took advantage of Stosich’s absence and played some great ball, hustling to come up with a number of digs and keep the game close at 8-11.

Lima scored the next six straight points, forcing Sheridan’s Coach Wuelfing to take a timeout to regroup. 

After the TO, Sheridan junior Tiffany McCormack put on a serving clinic and helped her team scratch its way back to just three points down, 16-19. McCormack and Sheridan got a lot of help at the net from freshman Tionna Schwend, and forced Lima to take a timeout of its own, with the score at 20-21.  

Emily Stosich wrapped some tape around the finger she had broke playing basketball last year and reentered the game. The Lima star helped her team sweep the next four points to win the third set, 25-21, and close out the match.

Both teams now head to the District tournament this weekend in Manhattan.

Twin Bridges

The Twin Bridges volleyball team was at home to face the Harrison Wildcats last week. 

Twin’s Megan Martin and Mara Johnson led their team in kills, while Daphne Puckett recorded 5 blocks for the Falcons, who also got a half dozen digs from Paige Phillips.

But all the standout individual efforts proved not enough to dig Twin out of the hole, as the Falcons lost the match in three sets, 22-25, 19-25, 16-25.

Twin travels to Manhattan this weekend for the district volleyball tournament.