The 1999 Huron Tiger Volleyball Team, began what was to be an incredible 11 season run. Huron finally was able to get past the Regional level and advance to the "Big Dance" better known as the State Final Four. Lead by 3 seniors, Joy Badiuk, Nikki Dauch, and Kirsta Solberg, the Tigers won their first state championship defeating heavy favored Springfield Northwestern 16-14, 15-11.
The journey began for the 99 team with a Sectional Championship win over league rival Margaretta 15-8 , 15-7. At the district level Huron disposed of North Robinson Colonel Crawford 15-10, 15-3 and Attica Seneca East 15-7. 15-5. The Regionals were played at Napolean High School. The Tigers met up with Oregon Cardinal Stritch and rolled to a 15-10. 15-7 win.. The win moved Huron to familar grounds "The Regional Final" where it had lost in heart breaking fashion the year before. Only this time the Tigers caught a break. Across the net was the Coldwater Cavaliers. In the stands was a rowdy group of Tiger fans while across the gym was a handful of Cavalier supporters. Coldwater's football team was playing a playoff game on this paticular evening. A confident Tiger team ripped apart Coldwater 15-2 15-11 to win a Regional Championship.
Huron advanced to its first ever State Final Four in volleyball. Three of the final four teams was making its first appearence at the State Final Four. Huron opened the Division III Semi Finals by taking down Cleveland Villa Angela St Joe 15-9. 15-10. While Springfield Northwestern who was making its 5th final four appearence, rolled over Washington Court House 15-8 , 15-4...
State Championship Saturday featured the new kid on the block the Huron Tigers against 4 time State Champion Springfield Northwestern.. The Tigers got off to a slow start in this contest, but finished strong posting a come from behind 16-14 win in set one.. Huron controlled set two going home with a state championship win 15-11. Sweeping the Warriors and sending the Tiger fans into a "frenzy"
Video footage of the Tigers road to a State Championship..
The 2000 Huron Tiger Team obviously had a big X on their backs. Lead by seniors Allyson Borgelt,, Ashley Ruthsatz, Janet Wilber, Cori Lively, Aubrey Miller, and Michelle Saunders, the Tigers finished the season 24 wins and 5 losses. Like 1999, Huron hit the tournament trail full steam ahead. In the Sectionals the Tigers took down Kansas Lakota 15-3 , 15-6. The District Semi Finals the Tigers edged Attica Seneca East 15-7, 12-15, 15-7. In the District Finals Huron took care of North Robinson Colonel Crawford 15-6 , 15-8 advancing to yet another Regional Tournament.. Findlay Liberty Benton High School was the site for the 2000 Regional Volleyball Tournament. The Huron Tigers took on the Montpelier Locomotives who came in the game with a (23 and 2) record. Huron used their tournament experience and powered past the Locos 15-3 and 15-11 to advance to the Regional Finals for the 3rd straight year. Lagrange Keystone Wildcats with a record of 22-3 knocked off Patrick Henry 15-12, 15-12 to also advance to the Regional Finals. Huron came out on fire and rolled 15-8 in the first set, but Keystone came back to win the 2nd set 16-14. In the 3rd set the Tigers defense took over and Huron went on to a 15-9 3rd set victory.
The State Final Four had 3 new faces to join Huron. Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley, Sidney Lehman Catholic, and Hanoverton United. On a Friday Night shortly after 6pm Huron made quick work of Tuscarawas Valley winning in two sets 15-8, 15-10. But unbeaten Sidney Lehman Catholic did one better ripping United 15-3, 15-4.
The State Finals were set. 29-0 Sidney Lehman Catholic against 24-4 Huron. Lehman took control of the first set and posted a 15-10 win. The Cavaliers used their size to block and a strong defensive effort to take the 2nd set 16-14. Huron was state runner up bringing home yet another trophy..
The 2001 season for Huron was unique in many ways. Two seniors lead a very young Tiger team Beth Bollenbacher and Kelly Meinert. Huron felt that youth throughout the season. Finishing with a 23-5 record. It would also mark the final time in 8 seasons that Huron would lose a conference game! After a 3 game loss to Clyde on October 11th, one would wonder if this group could find there way to the state final four. Two days later a 3 set upset win over Toledo Central Catholic made firm believers that getting to the final four was still possible. The Tigers opened the tournament pounding Edison 15-1 and 15-4. in the districts, Huron beat Margaretta 15-10, 12-15, and 16-14. The Tigers would then win a district title with a 15-13, 15-13 win over Attica Seneca East. The Regionals were held at Mansfield Madison. In the semi finals the Tigers won a 3 game marathon over Plain City Jonathan Alder 15-10, 13-15 and 16-14. In the Regional Finals Huron beat Archbold 15-13, 7-15, 16-14 thus ending the incredible coaching career of Char Sharp. Coach Sharp won 617 volleyball matches in her outstanding career.
The State Final Four had a familar look to it. Huron checking in at 23-4 would take on Cleveland Villa Angela St Joe (16-9). The other semi final was Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley taking on Marion Elgin. The first contest Tusky Valley won a 3 set match (15-7, 9-15, 15-8) over Elgin. While the 2nd set was a stunner and a half. Huron beat VASJ 15-13 in set one, but leading 14-8 in set two and looking good for a finals, VASJ rallied to win 16-14 forcing a set 3. In the final set VASJ put it all together pounding the Tigers 15-6.. Ending Huron's season .. VASJ then went on to win the state title with a 6-15, 15-4, 15-13 win over Tusky Valley.
2002 may have been the greatest team ever assembled at Huron. Lead by seniors Ashley Cundiff, Lydia Souter, Sarah Wilber, Kari Fink, and Amy Gioffre, the Tigers won a school record 27 matches with just 2 losses . The Tigers tournament trail begain with a 15-12, 15-5 win over Western Reserve. In the district semi finals Huron knocked off Margaretta 10-15, 15-6, 15-2. It was a quick District Finals as the Tigers gunned down Bucyrus Wynford 15-3, 15-5.
The Regionals were held at Ontario High School where the Tigers beat the pesky Genoa Comets 15-8, 15-10. Meanwhile the Freddies of Fredericktown upset the Blue Streaks of Archbold (15-10. 15-8) In the Regional Finals, Huron pounded Fredericktown 15-9 in the first set, and followed that up with a defensive 16-14 win in the 2nd set.
The State Final Four again brought a lineup that was very familar to the Nutter Center. Friday Morning was kicked off with the Huron Tigers taking on Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley and followed by Girard Indians against the Cavaliers of Sidney Lehman Catholic. In game one Huron overcame a shakey start beating Tusky Valley 15-13. In the 2nd set the relentless offensive pressure lead the Tigers to a 15-5 victory. In the 2nd match of the morning shift Tealle Hunkus nearly tore down the Nutter Center has she took 89 swings producing 29 kills for Girard. But the Cavaliers of Lehman withstood that offensive bombing and won the match 9-15, 15-9, 15-7.
The 2002 State Championship was a rematch of the 2000 classic as Huron would meet Sidney Lehman Catholic. On this day however, it was all Huron as the Tigers dominated at the net winning the State Title in two sets (15-13, 15-5) Huron was lead by Sarah Wilber who had 15 kills and 4 blocks..
Video footage of the Tigers Road to State
The 2003 Tiger Volleyball team was filled with an exciting group of returning players. Lead by seniors Kristy Bollenbacher, Megan Borgelt, Susan Folger, and Abbey McCoy. The Tigers finished the Regular Season 22-0 and ranked #1 in Division III in Ohio. Winning both the Northwood Tournament with wins over Lakota, Toledo Central Catholic and Keystone. Also winning the Oregon Clay Tournament with wins over Delta, Toledo Notre Dame, and Bellevue. In the tournament, the Tigers beat Edison (15-6 , 15-3) to win the Sectional Title, but was knocked out of the tournament trail by a pesky Margaretta team (11-15, 15-9, 14-16). Thus ending the season at 23-1.
The 2004 team lead by Seniors Kate Barnes and Amanda Fox finished the season 21-6. With one of the strongest regular season schedules in school history the Tigers were most ready for a solid Division III tournament run. 2004 also marked the new era as Rally Scoring began.
After winning the SBC with another 14-0 record the Tigers began tournament play with a Sectional Championship win over Seneca East (25-16, 25-14, 23-25, 25-12). In the districts Huron knocked off Western Reserve (25-22, 25-11, 25-14) and Mohawk (25-20, 25-22, 17-25, 22-25, 15-11). At the Regional level the Tigers beat Genoa (25-13, 25-20, 25-20) in the semi finals at Findlay Liberty Benton High School. But, in the Regional Finals the season came to a close as eventual State Champion Rocky River Lutheran West won (24-26, 22-25, 25-18, 17-25).
The 2005 Tigers won the SBC with a 14-0 record and finished the season at 20-4. Lead by seniors Sarah Majoy, Julia Butler, and Morgan Jenson. Impressive regular season wins over the likes of Canton McKinley, Westlake, Defiance, Anothony Wayne and Oregon Clay. But the season ended all too soon. After winning the Sectional Title with a 25-19, 25-14, 25-18 win over Edison, Huron would bow out in the Districts losing to Margaretta 21-25, 21-25, 18-25.
The 2006 Tigers did a little "Restore the Roar" for the program. Lead by Seniors Lindzey Boehk, Lindsey Tapp, and Caity Pisano. The Huron Tigers finished the season 23-5 and 14-0 in the SBC. In the tournament the Tigers beat Ashland Crestview (25-10, 25-8, and 25-11) to win the Sectional Championship. At the Districts the Tigers celebrated wins over Margaretta (25-15, 25-8 and 25-12) and Mohawk (25-16, 25-16, 25-18). At Findlay Liberty Benton High School the Tigers began Regional Play with a (25-18, 25-20, 20-25, and 25-21) win over Coldwater. In the Regional Finals Huron got past Lima Central Catholic (25-21, 26-24, 25-21) to win the Regional Championship. Advancing to their 5th State Final Four, Huron ran into a buzzsaw in the State Semi's losing to Cleveland Villa Angela St Joe (22-25, 10-25, 22-25). VASJ would then drop a 3 set match to 30-0 Anna in the state championship game.
video highlights of the 2006 Tournament Trail
The 2007 Tiger team lead by seniors Abbey Seeholzer, Jill Barnes, Emily Conrad, Jill Zimmer, Sara Sage, and Susie Isphording. The Tigers finished the season 24-3 and 14-0 in the SBC. Regular season wins over the likes of Sidney Lehman Catholic, Padua Franciscan, Wadsworth, Oregon Clay, Kenston. Huron was primed for a strong tournament run.
In the Sectionals the Tigers took out Ashland Crestview (25-13, 25-4, 25-11). At the District level Huron beat Edison (25-18, 24-26, 25-20, 25-21) and Riverdale (25-8, 25-23, 25-12). Back to Findlay Liberty Benton for a Regional Semi Final matchup against St Henry. The Tigers blocking and defense lead Huron to a 26-24, 25-15, 25-11 win. In the Regional Finals Huron bowed out to Lima Central Catholic (25-27, 19-25, 25-10, 21-25) to finish the season at 24-3.
The 2008 Tigers finished the season at 20-6 and 14-0 in the SBC. Lead by its lone senior Kelly Lehrer, the Tigers pushed again for a great tournament run. In the Sectionals a win over Ontario (25-8, 25-7, 25-17). The Districts was tough as nails as Huron knocked off Edison (23-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-23), and Riverdale (25-19, 15-25, 25-18, 25-18). In the Regionals played at Findlay Liberty Benton, the Tigers would bow out to St Henry (28-26, 15-25, 17-25, 16-25).
The final year in our Decade of Dominance was the 2009 Tiger Team. Lead by Seniors Melissa Moberg, Jesse Miedema, Devon Grendow, and Adriana Deluca. The Tigers finished the season 26-3 , but it was the start of the season that triggered the ending result.
Game one of the Regular season a very inspired Milan Edison team was bound and determined to put a stop to the Tigers 99 game SBC streak. And they succeeded with a (17-25, 25-20, 26-24, 24-26, 13-15) win. That match was talked about the entire season by the media and was the burning fuel this team needed to make a story book ending. Both Huron and Edison would go unbeaten until they met again in game 8 of the SBC slate, this time at Huron.. The Tigers pulled out a (21-25, 25-16, 13-25, 28-26, 15-9 victory). The two teams would go into the final SBC game with 12-1 marks. The Tigers finished the season with a (25-16, 25-14, 25-8 win over Port Clinton) however, Clyde had other ideas about how the SBC would conclude, and they posted a (25-22, 25-20, 25-20) upset win over Edison, giving the Tigers the SBC Championship all to themselves.
In the Tournaments, the Tigers ripped Woodmore (25-9, 25-13, 25-12) to win the Sectional Title, at the District level Huron knocked off Bellville Clear Fork (25-11, 25-11, 25-13) and Margaretta (25-10, 25-23, 25-19). The Regionals at Findlay Liberty Benton, Huron beat Marion Elgin (18-25, 25-11, 25-22, and 25-12). The Regional Finals Huron took on unbeaten Archbold in what was a game for the history books. The Tigers in a marathon battle would beat Archbold (26-24, 26-28, 25-19, 21-25, 15-9) to advance to the State Final Four.
The State Final Four held at the Nutter Center (Wright State University) Fairborn, Ohio. Huron took on poweful Middletown Bishop Fenwick . A matchup that saw Jesse Miedema go kill for kill with Alyssa Beck. Huron would stun favorite Fenwick (25-22, 15-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-10) to advance to the State Championship. The other semi finals was also won in upset fashion as Frankfort Adena stunned Smithville. In the state championship Huron forced Adena into 28 hitting errors and took the prize with a (25-17, 25-21, 25-21) victory marking the 3rd state title in 11 seasons.
Tiger tournament highlights
Tiger State Championship Teams
1999 Champions. Front Row: left to right - Asst Coach Amy Wennes, Joy Badiuk, Nikki Dauch, Kirsta Solberg, Asst. Coach Christine Farnsworth. Middle Row: left to right - Jessica Fox, Michelle Saunders, Cori Lively, Kelly Meinert, and Allyson Borgelt. Back Row: left to right - Asst Coach Shawn Patton, Aubrey Miller, Beth Bollenbacher, Head Coach Don Wood, Sarah Wilber, Janet Wilber, Ashley Ruthsatz, and Asst. Coach Dave Wilczynski
2002 State Champions Front row left to right - Amy Gioffre, Kate Barnes, Megan Borgelt, Susan Folger, Lydia Souter, Kristy Bollenbacher. Back Row left to right - Mallory McCarthy, Kari Fink, Amanda Fox, Sarah Wilber, Abbey McCoy, Ashley Cundiff, head coach Don Wood (missing from photo) Julia Butler, Asst Coaches Dave Wilczynski, Shawn Patton, Nikki Dauch, Amy Wennes, Chrissy Tann
2009 State Champions front row left to right - Rachel Stelzer, Melissa Moberg, Justine Butler, Devon Koenig, Hannah Figgins. 2nd row left to right - Taylor Slauterbeck, Erin O'Reilly, Samantha Wechter, Taryn Graham, Adriana Deluca, Devon Grendow. Back Row left to right - Asst Coach Sean Rice, Asst Coach Keith Lobsinger, Jesse Miedema, Ellie Justus, Katlyn Sommer, Asst Coach Shawn Patton, and Head Coach Don Wood