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Newark trips L/O in LTC showdown

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Erin Bennett makes a set for LaMoille/Ohio in Thursday’s Little Ten match with Newark. The Lady Lions honored seniors Vanessa Martinez and Shiela Browning

The top two teams in the Little Ten Conference met at LaMoille Thursday where defending champ Newark knocked off the Lady Lions 25-17, 25-13.

The Lady Norsemen improved to 8-0 in league play while handing LaMoille/Ohio its first defeat.

L/O coach Hallie May was disappointed in how the Lady Lions lost.

“I didn’t think Newark beat us last night but that we beat ourselves, which is disappointing,” she said. “The girls brought energy to the game but we didn’t execute on the things that were within our control. Newark is a fantastic team, don’t get me wrong but I know my girls, and we had more to give. I am proud of the girls — 7-1 in the conference is a huge accomplishment.”

The Lady Lions are guaranteed a second-place finish and could land a share of first place if Newark would fall to Indian Creek Tuesday.

Senior Shiela Browning had a strong Senior Night with eight kills for the Lady Lions. Other top contributors were classmate Vanessa Martinez (2 kills, 5 digs) and junior Ragen Forbes (10 digs).

Bureau Valley 2, Prophetstown 0: The Storm breezed to a 25-14 opener, then held on for a 25-23 second set to notch the Three Rivers North win on the road Thursday. The 1-2 punch of Lindsey Hoffert (8 points, 5 kills) and Valerie Reuter (7 points, 5 kills) combined for 15 points and 10 kills to lead the Storm.

Orion 2, St. Bede 0: After a tight 25-23 opener, the host Lady Chargers gained a little more breathing room over the Lady Bruins with a 25-16 win in the second set to take the Three Rivers South match Thursday. Morgan King led the Lady Bruins (13-14, 5-5) with 12 digs, six points and four aces while Olivia Mueller added four kills.

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