By Bill Bray
FREMONT – September 14, 1976, Fremont Ross Volleyball began its history.
On that night the Lady Little Giants were defeated by Bowling Green with scores 15-5 and 15-12 on their home court. Fast forward 46 years to October 13, 2021. The last game played in the “Purple Pit” ended much like the first game played at the hallowed arena. The 2021 edition of the Lady Giants (13-5) found themselves in a dog fight and after forcing a deciding fifth set, fell to Oregon Clay three sets to two.
“I was proud of our team tonight,” coach Lindy Cahill began. “It would have been really sweet to close out the “Pit” with a win, but it is what it is.”
The first set began with freshman Lindy Wolf laying down a nice easy kill to go up 1-0. Ross played in the lead until a bad kill attempt by Brooklyn Smith tied the game at 7-7. There were six ties during the set. The score was tied at 19-19 when Wolf had two kills in a row to put Ross up 21-19. Carma Johnson added a kill and Wolf added two more kills. The set ended with a Caroline Cahill ace. The Giants were one set up with the 25-21 win.
Behind Wolf and Johnson again, Ross broke out to a 6-0 second set lead. The Lady Giants biggest lead during the set was a 10-5 advantage. Ross hung on to a lead until Oregon Clay tied it up at 17-17. There were two more ties during the set, as neither team was about to give up. After Oregon took a 21-19 lead, coach Cahill called a time out. Ross could not fight off the Lady Eagles and gave a set up at 25-21.
With the second set loss, the Giants lost some of their momentum. After a 7-7 tie, Fremont fell behind with a score of 18-9 as Oregon scored seven points during that stretch. But again, the Little Giants behind Wolf, Johnson, Jocelyn Hines, Caroline, and Abby Cahill brought Fremont fighting back to within one point at 21-20. But Ross only scored two more point after that and dropped the third set 25-23. “They showed great character tonight. We made that great run, down 18-9 and then we made that great run. That showed a lot of character and a lot of heart,” coach Cahill added.
Down two sets to one, Ross’ play couldn’t have been better during the fourth set. There were nine tied scores during the exciting and action-packed set. With the score at 19-19, Abby Cahill had a powerful kill to put Ross up 20-19. Wolf had a beautiful tip that found an opening in the Eagles defense making the score 21-19. After two straight kills by Clay, and a bad serve by Wolf, Fremont held a one-point lead at 22-21. The Giants got one point scored against Clay then finished the set with a block from Abby Cahill and a nice kill by Hines giving Fremont the set 25-21 and sending the match into the fifth and final set.
Ross opened the extra set with three kills by Wolf before a timeout was called with Ross up 4-0. After the timeout Clay came storming back and tied the set at 6-6. From there it was all Clay as they outscored the Lady Giant 9-5 the rest of the way to win the set 15-11 and match.
The Little Giants, as has been the story the entire season, get little rest and no practice time as they take on Notre Dame Academy in Toledo Thursday night for the regular season finale.
Next week the 8th seeded Little Giants hit the tournament trail as they head to Perrysburg High school to take on 10th seeded Wapakoneta Wednesday evening at 6:30pm.
Freshman Lindy Wolf led the Little Giant attack.