Eastwood volleyball loses in district final


FINDLAY — Eastwood’s volleyball team hadn’t seen many teams the likes of Celina or many players like the
Bulldogs’ middle hitter, Cenzie Yoder, during its 21-win season.
Celina — ranked 18th in Division II — and Yoder dominated the net and the match in a 25-17, 25-11, 25-13
sweep in Saturday’s district championship. The match was played at Liberty-Benton High School.
Yoder, finished with 16 kills, eight blocks and two aces for the Bulldogs, who face Northwest High School
in the regional semifinals at Ontario High School. Eastwood finished 21-4.
For Eastwood, a Suburban Lakes League co-champion and sectional champion — all but one senior, Katie
Dewyre, will return as first-year coach Jeff Beck has the program back in solid standing after a 12-10
season in 2008.
“I told the girls that complacency is the only way we aren’t going to make it back to this point again
next season,” said Beck. “I have everybody who played in the tournament coming back and we’re going to
bring a lot to the table next year with our experience. It’ll be exciting.”
At the start of the match, it looked like Eastwood may have been able to make things exciting for Celina.

Eastwood led 5-1 in Game 1 as Whitney Hoodlebrink had three kills and the Eagles had the Bulldogs
scrambling. But after a Celina timeout, it was a completely different match.
“We came out so strong,” said Beck. “I felt like it’s going to be a great night and a great match and
we’ll see what happens. After that, (Celina) started to get into their systems more, they picked up on
Whitney (Hoodlebrink) a lot and their game cleaned up. We saw the amazing team that they are.”
The Bulldogs racked up the next three points after the timeout and after the teams traded points to tie
it at 15-15, they went on a 10-2 run to close out the game. Yoder had three kills and two blocks in the
first game, as she was just warming up.
“She was a huge force,” said Beck. “She ran a lot of plays that we just haven’t seen before. We were
definitely a little star-struck out there.
“(Yoder) was by far the best, most dynamic, strongest and most vocal middle we’ve seen all year and she
was just an intimidation at the net.”
Eastwood held tough in Game 2, trailing 12-8 after a Bulldog hit went out of bounds. Celina ended the
game, though, scoring 13 of the final 15 points, including nine in a row to up a five-point lead to
23-9. Serving was the big factor, as the Bulldogs’ Angie Fisher totaled seven aces.
“Our serve receive left us in the first game and never came back,” said Beck. “We averaged a 1.4 in
passing and that’s not going to win a match, let alone a game, and it really hurt us.”
A Celina serve into the net, an ace by Courtney Rolf and kill by Hoodlebrink had Eastwood up 3-0 in Game
3. But nine kills and four blocks by Yoder helped the Bulldogs finish on a 25-10 run, as Eastwood was
never closer than five points after a 5-5 tie. Celina’s defense against Hoodlebrink, the Eagles’
offensive threat, was a big reason for that.
“My big girls did a nice job of making her think,” said Celina coach Carolyn Dammeyer of Hoodlebrink. “We
blocked her line at times, blocked her angle other times and tried to mix it up to make her unsure of
where she needed to put the ball.”
Hoodlebrink finished with 15 kills, while Katie Primeau had a match-best 26 assists. Christine Foster
added 18 digs for the Eagles.
“The only thing I’m remotely upset about is I won’t be able to go to practice tomorrow,” said Beck. “We
just had an amazing team this year that became so close, so knit, so much like a family and we’re going
to miss each other.”

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