CEDARVILLE — As Gabby Tobias’s serve hit the Cedarville High gymnasium floor for an Indians ace, the Cedarville student section erupted with cheers of “Ice Cream! Ice Cream! Ice Cream!”
It was the first ace of Thursday’s Sept. 20 match with Ohio Heritage Conference foe Triad.
It’s Homecoming Week in Cedarville.
A homecoming tradition, the first Indians ace of the match during Homecoming week earns every member of the student section an ice cream cone or ice cream sandwich.
Needless to say, the kids were pretty happy. The Cedarville Indians team wound up being pretty happy as well, as they recorded their first conference win of the season in dramatic fashion, 25-23, 25-29, 31-29.
Cedarville coach Bobbi Jones said her players fed off the students’ enthusiasm.
“We have a great fan base. I can’t say that enough,” said Jones. “It’s not just because of the ice cream and it being Homecoming week here, the students and parents have supported us like this all season. We love it.”
Cedarville had been mired in a slump that saw the Indians lose four straight matches without winning a set. Jones said the dramatic 25-23 come-from-behind opening set win set the tone for the rest of the match.
Triad was out in front 23-22, needing just two more points to take the opening set, but served deep on the next point to even the set at 23-all. Tobias then smacked her ice cream ace to give the Indians a 24-23 lead, then a Triad hit sailed wide left to earn Cedarville the 25-23 set win.
“It’s been frustrating for them; it’s been frustrating for me. I would talk with my coaching staff (assistants Kelsey Carter and Ashley Snider) and ask ‘How can we get this turned around?’” Jones said. “So getting that win got us motivated for the next set.”
Before the match began, Jones told her team she really wanted to win tonight, and asked ‘Who else wants to win?’
“And they all shouted back ‘I wanna win tonight!’” Jones said. “With each time we called a timeout and huddled up together, we did that again. The girls liked it. I told them, if I knew that was all we had to do (to win), I would’ve done that a long time ago!”
Abby Sheridan led Cedarville with a team-best 14 kills. She was also credited for six aces and eight digs. Olivia Willis recorded seven kills, while setter Elly Coe dished out 26 assists, served up one ace and had one kill to go with nine digs.
Cedarville is now 3-9 overall and 1-9 in the Ohio Heritage Conference. The Indians head south for their contests, a tri-match with West Carrollton and host Wilmington starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Wilmington High.
Triad falls to 0-9, 0-5 OHC and will host Southeastern in an OHC battle next, a 7 p.m. match on Tuesday, Sept. 25. With an almost one-hour drive ahead of them, coach Dayna Ober and her Cardinals left immediately after the match, but not before each player received a parting gift from the Cedarville Athletic Department…..
Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123.