Arcanum Holds Own with New Bremen

Arcanum Lady Trojans play well in non-conference matchup with No. 2 state ranked New Bremen Lady Cardinals

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Arcanum's Emilie Fout tracks down a ball for a return in non-conference match with New Bremen. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

ARCANUM – The Arcanum Lady Trojans look to improve its tournament chances by taking on some of the best volleyball in the area as noted by its Saturday non-conference home match with the 2022 State Champion New Bremen Lady Cardinals who currently stand at No. 2 in the latest state polls and have a player committed to the University of Dayton and one to Toledo University, both NCAA DI programs.

Alexis Gibbons goes strong to the net for Arcanum in Saturday match with New Bremen. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“I was extremely proud of my girls,” said Arcanum coach, Jacie Holman. “I told my girls we just made a big statement right before the tournament draw. We could have easily come in today and just laid down but we fought with them.”

The Lady Cardinals opened with a 25-15 first-set win in a match the Lady Trojans played well.

Lilly Johnting gets a dig for the Lady Trojans in non-conference match in Lady Cardinals. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Set No. 2 had Arcanum giving the state’s No. 2 team all they wanted by jumping out to a 3-0 lead followed by ties at 5-5, 6-6, 9-9, and 10-10. The Lady Trojans grabbed a 12-10 lead only to have the visitors battle back with the score tied at 12-12 and 13-13 before New Bremen used a 6-0 run to lead 19-13. Arcanum closed out with an 8-6 run coming up short by a 25-21 score.

Haley Smith goes for a tip at the net for Lady Trojans in home match with New Bremen. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We fought with them even in that first set getting 15 points,” Holman stated. “I was happy with that so I was extremely proud of what we did in that second set.”

The day’s final set had the Lady Cardinals hitting its stride to win 25-10 and take the match 3-0.

Arcanum’s Mackenzie Byrne makes a set in Saturday match with New Bremen Lady Cardinals. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Coach Holman took time to talk about her Lady Trojans’ confidence in the upcoming OHSAA DIII tournament.

“I look at them sometimes and I’m like, girls are we excited,” Coach Holman said. “I kind of get those stares but I think they are so serious sometimes that they don’t understand the message that we’re getting across – like you just got a lot of points on a state team so I am hoping that gives them a good boost right before tournament time. I feel good going into the tournament when we have that kind of score against Bremen.”

Katie Sharp makes an Arcanum return in matchup with New Bremen. (Gaylen Blosser photo)