By GARY R. RASBERRY
It didn’t take long for Kari Gibson to make an impact
The former Celina volleyball star broke into the starting rotation
for Carson-Newman University and has made herself known to the
other teams in the South Atlantic Conference.
The 5-10 Gibson took over setting chores for the Eagles and
has helped the Eagles to a 14-8 start to the season and a 5-1
conference mark in the SAC.
Statistically, Gibson is fourth in the SAC in setting with 10.89
assists per game as well as in serving with 0.45 aces per game.
Gibson leads the Eagles in digs at 2.45 digs per game.
The Eagles return to action tonight as they host Mars Hill in
Quinter attacking for Big Red
Denison sophomore Katie Quinter (Minster) has been the big hitter
all season for the Big Red, leading the team to an 11-6 record
and a 2-0 mark in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
Quinter, a 5-8 outside hitter, leads the Big Red in kills with
3.21 kills per game and is third in digs with 2.82 digs per
Gehret chilling with Polar Bears
Ohio Northern junior Diane Gehret (Marion Local) has been a
dominant member of the Polar Bear attack as ONU has run its
record to 14-6 and 1-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Gehret is currently ranked third on the team in attacks with
3.19 kills per game and fifth in blocking with 0.36 blocks per
MACsters battle in Heartland battle
Last Friday’s Defiance College and Mount St. Joseph’s
battle in Heartland Conference volleyball action gave some former
Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball players the chance to
For the Lions, who won the match in a five-game battle and are
ranked ninth in the current American Volleyball Coaches Association’s
Division III poll with an 18-1 record and 5-0 conference mark,
sophomore hitter Beth Fledderjohann (New Knoxville) had seven
kills, five total blocks and two digs. Fledderjohann this season
is averaging 1.52 kills per game for The Mount.
Freshman Ashley Langenkamp (Marion Local) did not play against
Defiance but has seen time in 19 games this season, averaging
0.89 kills per game this season.
For the Yellow Jackets, sitting on a 16-2 record and 2-1 in
the HC, sophomore Julie Steineman (New Bremen) is averaging
1.85 kills and 2.80 digs per game for Defiance. Steineman had
16 digs and six kills against Mount St. Joe.
Freshman Diane Bruns (Marion Local) didn’t get a chance
to play against her former teammate Langekamp on Friday. On
the season, Bruns has appeared in nine matches, averaging 1.27
digs per game.
Everman has big day for Oilers
Findlay junior Dale Everman (St. Henry) had a big day on defense
as the Oilers downed Mercyhurst 23-13 on Saturday to improve
to 4-1 and 3-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Everman, a starting defensive tackle, had five total tackles
with four going for losses and 1 1/2 sacks for the Oilers.
Everman has played in four games this season, recording 13 total
Crusaders off to best start in years
The Capital Crusaders have started the season 4-0, the best
for the Columbus-based school in 33 years after downing Wilmington
52-7 on Saturday.
Sophomore Derek Wenning (Celina) has seen time in two of the
four games for the Crusaders, making two catches for a total
of 28 yards and making one kickoff return for 15 yards.
Junior lineman Will Snyder (Parkway) returns to anchor the front
wall of the Crusaders at starting right guard.
Otte thriving on defense
Wilmington College freshman Chad Otte (Marion Local) has made
the move from quarterback to defensive back with ease for the
Otte has played in four games this season, recording 27 tackles,
good for third on the team, with a tackle for loss and an interception.
Beavers 2-2 heading to Homecoming
The Bluffton College Beavers evened their record to 2-2 after
losing to Urbana 31-13 on Saturday.
The Beavers suffered a big loss during week two of the season
when leading receiver Jim Dwenger was lost for the season due
The college isn’t permitted to give the extent of the
injury due to new rules in college sports not allowing extent
of injuries to be revealed unless the athlete allows its release.
Dwenger had six catches for 107 yards this season before going
down to injury.
Other local athletes contributing to the Beavers is senior starting
tackle Nathan Kreider (Fort Recovery) who has anchored the line
Freshman Kurt Albers was among those on the two-deep depth chart
this season at defensive tackle. Albers has appeared in one
game this season, making a tackle.
Felver starting for Thunder
Tri-State University junior Josh Felver (Parkway) has broken
into the starting lineup for the Thunder, who has started the
season at 0-4.
Felver is starting at right guard for the Thunder.