By John Lachmann
Notre Dame (13-3) needed three games in its best-of-3 series to get past Simon Kenton (19-6), 25-11, 21-25, 25-13 on Wednesday.
Senior outside hitter Heidi Thelen led the Pandas with eight kills.
The Pioneers were paced by senior outside hitter Kaitlin Murray, who had eight kills, and junior libero Kelsey Schmiade, who finished with 17 digs.
RYLE TOO MUCH FOR TATES CREEK – Junior outside hitter/setter Ashley Bush tallied eight kills and 12 assists as Ryle (18-3) defeated Tates Creek (17-4), 25-22, 16-25, 25-18.
Raiders senior middle blocker Alexa Nichols added six kills, and freshman outside hitter/setter Hayley Bush – sister of Ashley Bush – recorded six kills and nine assists.
SCOTT SINKS SILVER GROVE – Eighth-grade outside hitter Kelly Franxman rolled up six kills, five aces and seven digs as Scott (17-11) defeated Silver Grove (1-10), 25-13, 25-10, 25-6.
Senior defensive specialist Ashleigh Fields served for six aces, and sophomore outside hitter finished with five, plus eight kills and six digs for the Eagles, who won their fifth straight match.
DIXIE DOWNS LUDLOW – Junior right side hitter Samantha Charley served for nine aces as Dixie Heights (7-21) defeated Ludlow (9-5), 25-4, 25-20, 25-13.
Seventh-grade outside hitter Leah Metzger added seven aces for the Colonels, who snapped a four-match skid.
BEECHWOOD HAMMERS HOLMES – Senior setter Jenna Fessler tallied three kills and eight assists as Beechwood (9-5) defeated Holmes (2-12), 25-13, 25-9.
Two more seniors – setter Jasmine Stokes and outside hitter Taylor Weibel – keyed the Tigers’ win. Stokes served for four aces and Weibel racked up seven kills.