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Fort Loramie knocks off VASJ in D4 state semifinal

Villa Angela-St. Joseph had a magical run to the Division IV state final four in volleyball, nearly sweeping into a spot at Wright State University.

The magic ran out for the Vikings against a very talented Fort Loramie team on Nov. 6.

VASJ (20-8) — making its second straight appearance at Wright State University for the final four — fell to Fort Loramie in a state semifinal match, 3-0. The Vikings lost, 25-17, 25-23, 25-18, in the first game at the final four to end the season short of another state championship. VASJ won a state championship last in 2005, and was returning to Fairborn after finishing as state runner-up in 2013.

Senior outside hitter Toni Beuck led the way for VASJ with 8 kills and 15 digs. McKenna Walker finished with 7 kills and 3 digs for the Vikings. Rachel Smith had 24 assists for VASJ.

Fort Loramie was led by Kelly Turner and Ashley Pleiman on the attack offensively with 27 combined kills.
 

Steve Hare
Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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