Bradford Lady Railroaders Bow Out Of Tournament Play

My seniors came out tonight and I think they came more to enjoy the game and I hope they did ... Coach Alisha Apple

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Bradford volleyball team celebrates a point in tournament game with Jackson Center. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

ARCANUM – The No. 22 seed Bradford Lady Railroaders struggled to keep up with the No. 2 seed Jackson Center Lady Tigers in OHSAA DIV tournament play, losing in straight sets.

Brooklynn Crickmore goes strong to the Bradford net for a block in tournament action with Jackson Center. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“My seniors came out tonight and I think they came more to enjoy the game and I hope they did,” said Bradford coach, Alisha Apple. “We know Jackson Center is a really good team, they were No. 2, and they have always been a good team so we knew coming in that it would be a hard game.”

Bradford’s Savannah Lingo makes a return for the Lady Railroaders in OHSAA tournament action. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Lady Tigers, one of the area’s best DIV teams jumped out to a 25-6 first-set win and never looked back taking set No. 2 by a 25-5 count and following up with a third set 25-6 win.

Izzy Painter makes a return for Bradford in tournament play with Jackson Center. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We worked on a couple of things of getting hard balls up and other things at practice,” Apple said. “My seniors actually ran practice yesterday and I was really proud of them because they did a lot of things that I would normally run in practice but they added a little fun touch to it. It’s nice to know that they are actually learning a couple of things when we are practicing.”

Lady Roaders Ryleigh Dotson sets to return a Jackson Center serve in tournament match at Arcanum. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Four Lady Railroaders played the last volleyball match wearing the Orange and Black for Bradford including No. 1 Macenzy Hemmelgarn, No. 5 Savannah Lingo, No. 6 Izzy Painter and No. 20 Brooklynn Crickmore.

“We have quite a few girls that have played that will be returning,” Coach Apple said of the 2024-2025 season. “I hope they take the time this summer to take that extra time to learn and get a little bit better.    We have a lot of potential to be a good team in the next couple of years. I just hope they realize that.”