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09-22-03: Redskins roll to invite title

Standard Correspondent

NEW KNOXVILLE — The St. Henry Redskins and New Knoxville Invitational champions have become almost synonymous.
For the 15th time in tournament history and eight times in the last nine years, the Redskins took home the championship hardware as they defeated, fellow Midwest Athletic Conference member, the New Bremen Cardinals 15-8, 15-3 in the final on Saturday.
“When we took care of the ball, we played the way we are capable of,” said St. Henry coach Lori Schwieterman. “When we took care of the ball, we looked like the powerful St. Henry team that we can be.”
The Redskins indeed played their game in the final as they totally dominated play from the outset as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never trailed. Lindsay Hess and Cami Lefeld each had two offensive kills in the first five points.
After giving New Bremen two points to make the score 5-2, the ’Skins again went on a five-point run to take a commanding 10-2 lead. Lefeld and Lanae Mikesell each had kills and Kim Hess had a service winner and a kill.
As dominating as the ’Skins were in the first game, they were even more dominating in game two. Defensively, St. Henry gave up just two offensive kills and a service winner while they recorded five defensive kills, three by Lindsay Hess.
Offensively, St. Henry was led in game two by Lindsay Hess with three offensive kills. Kim Hess, Christa Schwartz and Maria Wuebker each had service aces.
“I was pretty pleased with the way we played,” said New Bremen coach Lisa Thobe. “I would of liked to have seen us play better against St. Henry but the other two matches I was very happy with.”
The final match was anti-climatic to two great semifinal games, which saw St. Henry struggle with Parkway before subduing the Panthers 7-15, 15-2, 15-4 and New Bremen blow out a Fort Loramie Redskin squad that manhandled them earlier in the week, winning 15-2, 15-12.
Parkway never trailed in game one as it took advantage of two St. Henry errors and a kill by Emily Snyder to take a 3-0 lead.
St. Henry was able to rally back and tie the game at three but Parkway scored the game’s next eight points, taking an 11-3 lead and would never be caught again. Erika Snyder and Erica Yoder each had service aces and Addie Hays and Abby Harner each had two kills.
The ’Skins regrouped and came roaring back in the second game. After spotting Parkway the first point, St. Henry scored the next seven points and never trailed. Wuebker started the run with a service ace, Lindsay Hess added three kills and Nicole Elking and Lefeld each added one kill.
The ’Skins had the first serve of game three and scored the first four points of the game and never trailed. Lefeld started the game with a kill and Lindsay Puthoff and Christie Hess each added kills to the flurry.
Offensively, nine of the Redskins’ points in game three came on kills and two came on a pair of service winners by Wuebker.
“I just don’t think we were ready to play against Parkway in that first game,” said Schwieterman. “They got a little momentum and they played their best game and we played one of our worst and we got beat. We were able to get that behind us and play better.”
“I was really happy with our performance today,” said Parkway coach Todd Henkle, who saw his team record wins over New Knoxville in the opening round and over Fort Loramie in the consolation game. “Coming off a match on Thursday at New Bremen where we weren’t prepared to play and then today we came back and played well, to the girls credit.
“We came out and played with confidence against St. Henry and that is what you have to do if you want to beat St. Henry,” continued Henkle. “Overall, I was happy with the weekend, it will make Sunday a lot easier.”
New Bremen’s win over Fort Loramie was impressive, considering the fact that these very same Redskins drilled the Cardinals 15-4, 15-3 this past Tuesday night at Fort Loramie. The Cardinals used a balanced attack both offensively and defensively. Defensively, six different Cardinals recorded kills in the match led by Anna Schlater and Kelly Steineman with seven each. Offensively, seven recorded kills, led by Steineman with four.
“I was very happy with the way we came out and played against Fort Loramie, especially after the way they killed us on Tuesday,” said Thobe.


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