OTTOVILLE - Kalida and Wayne Trace hooked up in a classic Division IV sectional volleyball match Thursday night at Ottoville High School.
The two teams traded 25-23 victories in the first two sets before alternating 25-19 wins in the third and fourth games.
Tied at 11-11 in the all important decisive set, things went all Wayne Trace's way down the stretch as the lady Raiders took game five 15-11 to advance to Saturday's sectional championship.
A Wildcat hitting error, two Lauren Speice kills and a Brenda Feasby ace gave the lady Raiders the victory and brought an abrupt halt to Kalida's season.
It also ended the Wildcat volleyball careers of seniors Alexis Decker, Elizabeth Turnwald, Kylie Siebeneck and Madison Burgei.
Wayne Trace (15-8) advances to face rival Crestview (16-7) in the second match Saturday night at Ottoville High School with an approximate start time of 7:30 p.m.
The lady Knights moved into the sectional final following a 25-2, 25-8 and 25-9 win over Continental in the first match last night.
The fifth set went back and forth throughout.
Kalida jumped on top 3-1 before Wayne Trace answered with four straight points for a 5-3 advantage. After a Wildcat timeout, the Raiders got kills from Addison Baumle and Speice to go up 7-4.
The Wildcats, though, would answer. Slams by Carlee Miller, Madison Burgei and Elizabeth Turnwald helped Kalida tie the set at 9-9.
Kalida took the first set 25-23 before Wayne Trace answered with a 25-23 of its own in the second game. Games three and four were similar as the Raiders won the third set 25-19 before the Wildcats with a 25-19 in game four.
Feasby recorded four aces, four kills and 15 digs for Wayne Trace with Madison McClure adding a dozen assists and 16 digs. Sylvia Young posted a dozen kills with Speice chipping in nine kills and three blocks. Sarah Young and Baumle aided the Raider cause with five and four kills, respectively. Gina Sinn posted 13 digs and Maddie Baumle added seven as well for the red, white and blue. Libby Stabler also recorded eight assists.
Junior Morgan Niese had nine kills for Kalida with Miller and Turnwald each recording seven. Sophomore Kylie Osterhage also posted eight slams.
Miller and Kennedy Hoffman each picked up a pair of aces for the lady Wildcats. Nicole Recker, Osterhage and Decker also had one ace each for Kalida.