Mustang spikers moving on after win over Comets|
Amherst and Strongsville may have entered Wednesday night\'s Division I regional semifinal volleyball match with the same record, but it was clear early on which team had the edge.
The Lady Mustangs took the first two sets before closing out the Comets in four games, winning, 25-19, 25-15, 21-25, 25-17 at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.
Strongsville, now 23-3, advances to play unbeaten Toledo St. Ursula in the regional finals at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. St. Ursula moved to 27-0 and advanced with a hard-fought 25-14, 17-25, 20-25, 25-11, 20-18 win over Kenston Wednesday night.
Strongsville came into the match riding high on confidence, having already swept Amherst in three games back on Aug. 24. \"Coming out and playing Amherst...
Mustangs rally to top Magnificat, claim district title|
Another five-set volleyball match was not what Magnificat had in mind.
The Blue Streaks took the first two sets against Strongsville, but couldn\'t close the deal as the host Mustangs pulled off a thrilling, 25-27, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-8, win Thursday night in the Division I district volleyball finals at Strongsville High School.
The Mustangs, now 22-3, advance to next Wednesday\'s regional semifinals against Amherst at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. Amherst won a 5-set match of its own Thursday night, getting past Elyria 18-25, 25-15, 20-25, 26-24, 18-16.
\"We\'ve had a rough season, and the longer it went the worse it was going to be for us after playing Royalton so hard,\" said Magnificat head coach Mike Cannon, whose team...
Mustangs prevail over Bears in a 5-set NOC thriller|
Thursday\'s North Royalton-Strongsville volleyball match exemplified that of any other one between the two schools.
Back and forth, intense and long-lasting, it was just the type of matchup that has turned the meeting into a continuous, competitive rivalry. For the third time this season the Lady Mustangs got the better of North Royalton as they defeated the visiting Bears, 18-24, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 15-12, on Senior Night.
\"When we play North Royalton no matter who\'s up or who\'s down, it\'s always a tough match,\" said Strongsville head coach Erick Sopata. \"To me it\'s the match I look forward to most in the year.\"
Strongsville, now 19-3, won its 13th straight match despite falling behind, 2-1, in the first three sets. The Mustangs weren\'t perfect every set but were able to make the plays needed...
Magnificat comes together, sweeps past Bulldogs|
Magnificat volleyball coach Mike Cannon likes what he sees from his team. The biggest thing Cannon likes, though, is the fact that his squad is getting healthy enabling him to put all of the pieces together on the court of play.
The Blue Streaks weathered the storm of injuries at the outset of the 2013 campaign, and are now putting it all together in terms of securing some well-deserved victories. One of those hard-fought wins came Thursday night, with Magnificat sweeping Olmsted Falls in three sets, 25-14, 25-17, 25-23.
\"We are starting to play better as a team,\" noted Cannon. \"Everybody is back on the floor contributing in big ways. We saw that tonight against a very good Olmsted Falls team.\" Indeed. With the match tied at 3-3 in the first set, Magnificat went on a 5-0 run led by the serving...
Bulldogs make quick work of short-handed Titans|
Berea-Midpark was fighting a losing battle right from the start.
Already without one of their top hitters, the visiting Titans showed some of their youth and inexperience during a three-game sweep at the hands of Olmsted Falls. The host Bulldogs dominated from the opening serve and defeated Berea-Midpark, 25-7, 25-12, 25-13, in Southwestern Conference volleyball action Tuesday night.
\"I kind of expected it to go that way,\" said Olmsted Falls head coach Dawn Moses. \"We\'re just really trying to work on focus with this team...
Bees buzz by Titans to stay in thick of SWC race|
The Brecksville volleyball team swept visiting Berea-Midpark Tuesday night, but you would never know it after talking to head coach Rob Cline.
The Bees took care of business with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-8 victory over the Titans in Southwestern Conference action and snapped a two-game losing streak. While he was happy with the win, Cline did not hide the fact that his squad could have played a whole lot better.
\"In the first two games, I didn\'t like their effort. I didn\'t like the tempo,\" Cline said.
\"The game was very slow-played,” he continued. “I didn\'t even join the huddle for game three. I told (assistant Ashley) Sturgeon...
Youthful Titan spikers sweep Demons for third win|
It may be young, but the Berea-Midpark volleyball team has high expectations this fall.
The Titans grabbed their third win of the season Thursday night by making quick work of visiting Westlake, beating the Demons, 25-13, 25-11, 25-20, in a Southwestern Conference clash.
\"It\'s a lofty goal, but I\'d like to be in the top three in the conference,\" said Berea-Midpark head coach Jeanne Osborne.
\"I think we have the talent,” she said. “I think we have the ability to do so, but it\'s putting pieces together. It\'s a tough conference. But I think we could if we get all the pieces together.\"
Berea-Midpark sure looked like...
Bees continue to improve, get past Eagles in three|
Like a fine wine, the Brecksville-Broadview Heights volleyball team seems to just get better with time.
The Bees swept visiting North Olmsted Tuesday night in their home opener, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17, to improve to 2-0 in the Southwestern Conference.
After hanging on to win a couple close ones in the first two sets, Brecksville took things into its own hands in the third and final set.
\"Game 3 is more like what I\'m looking at,\" said Brecksville head coach Rob Cline, whose team evened its overall record at 2-2. \"I thought it was important. We didn\'t sub a lot. I wanted to kind of send a message that this is how it\'s gonna be in the conference.
\"That\'s the goal, try to compete with the best in...
Youthful Bears start strong, best Bulldogs in four|
Both the North Royalton and Olmsted Falls volleyball teams are facing their share of early season challenges.
But it was the visiting Bears who came out on top Saturday afternoon in nonconference action. The young Bears defeated the host Bulldogs, 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 25-12 and moved to 2-1 on the season.
\"We\'re starting four sophomores,\" said North Royalton head coach Kristin Hubbell. \"And we are really small compared to what we usually are. It\'s a different mentality. For me this year, I have to be a little more laid back.\"
While the visitors were battling inexperience, Olmsted Falls was also dealing with the loss of talented sophomore Katie Edgington. She was not available due to an injury. The Bulldogs fell behind 2-0 and grabbed a victory in Game 3, but couldn\'t put up much of a fight in Game 4. \"No blocks tonight, no serve receive\"...