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Longhorns top Warriors, keep pace in PAC Stripes

As the 2014 high school volleyball regular season begins to wind down, Lutheran West head coach Stephanie Rivera knows what lies ahead for her state-ranked Longhorns. For the Fairview Warriors, it\'s all about a young team improving and learning how to finish. Before a packed house at The Rock, Lutheran West shook off an early challenge from the visiting Warriors and rolled to a 25-11, 25-15, 25-16 win. In the process, the Longhorns upped their overall record to 17-2 overall and remained unbeaten...    (4617 reads)

CHAMPIONS! Title drought over, Eagles take WSC

The year was 1989. It may have been just another year for some, and ancient history for others. But it certainly was a year that was burned into the minds of the Avon volleyball team\'s coaches and players. It served as a daily reminder whenever they glanced up at the row of championship banners hanging in the school\'s gymnasium. You see, 1989 was the last time an Avon volleyball team won a conference championship. That came in the Lorain County Conference, which no longer exists. The last one before that? It was 1979 when the Eagles won a title in the old Inland Conference. Tuesday night on their home court, the Eagles did something that hadn\'t been done in 25 years. They defeated visiting Rocky River 25-19, 25-18, 25-20 to clinch the final...    (5995 reads)

Shoregals regroup to rally past determined Eagles

With the regular season starting to wind down, two Southwestern Conference volleyball teams took the next step in trying to define not only their seasons, but themselves. Avon Lake, playing in its third match without the injured Katie Coughlin, traveled to North Olmsted for a Saturday morning match. The Eagles, with their share of youth and lineup changes, were also in search of their first SWC win of the season. In a tightly played contest, Devan Rybarczyk proved to be the difference. The senior outside hitter pounded out 20 kills, seven of them in the pivotal third set, to lead the Shoregals to a 25-17, 19-25, 25-22, 25-21 win over a feisty band of Eagles. \"She\'s played phenomenally the last couple of matches,\" said Avon Lake head coach Dan Berkheimer of his senior outside hitter. \"Against Berea-Midpark, she had 25 kills, and today...    (6361 reads)

Mistakes prove costly as Magnificat falls to Bruins

After dropping the first set to visiting Padua, the Magnificat Blue Streaks were on a roll. With the score tied at 6-6, Magnificat went on a 10-5 run to take the lead. The Blue Streaks built their lead to 21-14 and were poised to even the match against their westside rivals. The visiting Bruins, however, would have none of that. Padua went on a 9-2 run to tie the set at 23-23, and eventually came out on top 28-26. With the momentum squarely in their favor, the Bruins broke open a third set late and claimed a 25-13, 28-26, 25-17 win over Magnificat Wednesday night at the Streaks\' House of Blues. With the win, Padua upped its season record to 6-2. On the other side of the coin, head coach Mike Cannon\'s youthful Streaks fell to...    (4391 reads)

Eagles topple Rockets, remain on top in WSC race

Apparently Avon liked the challenge of coming from behind Tuesday night against Bay. The Eagles came out sluggish in the first two sets. but managed to pull out a 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19 West Shore Conference volleyball win over the visiting Rockets. It was Bay which was the aggressor early on as the Rockets went ahead, 7-0. to start the first set and 15-8 in Game 2. Maybe that was just the motivation the Eagles needed? \"I\'m not sure what was going on,...    (5551 reads)

Bulldogs shake off slow start to fight past Jaguars

The way St. Joseph Academy and Olmsted Falls battled in their five-set volleyball match Thursday night, it was a shame one team had to be tagged with a loss. The host Bulldogs came from behind after a sluggish first set to defeat the Jaguars, 13-25, 25-14, 25-22, 16-25, 15-13, in nonconference action. \"It\'s a sign of a good team,\" said Olmsted Falls head coach Dawn Moses, whose team is now 8-1 on the season. \"When you\'re not playing well, you can still pull it out. I don\'t think we did much in Game 1 but I think after that we were able to adjust,\" she said. From the outside looking in...    (6896 reads)

Shoregals work fast and furious in win over Titans

The Avon Lake and Berea-Midpark volleyball teams have two of the youngest rosters in the Southwestern Conference. With just five seniors in both starting lineups combined, there\'s a lot of learning going on during these early-season matches. But Tuesday night, it was evident the two squads were at different points on that learning curve. The Shoregals, playing at a faster pace offensively, shook off some early mistakes and rolled to a 25-20, 25-13, 25-13 win over the visiting Titans. With the win, Avon Lake continued its strong start in the SWC at 3-0. Berea-Midpark, playing just its third match and without 6-3 sophomore setter Maggie Nedoma, fell to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference. Avon Lake, coming off a thrilling 5-set win over Brecksville, jumped out to...    (7586 reads)

River spikers sweep Westlake, win season opener

In each of the three sets played, a determined Westlake squad jumped out to an early lead on visiting Rocky River. But volleyball is a game of momentum shifts. And when the momentum took a swing in the Pirates\' favor, they made the most of the opportunity. Rocky River, with junior hitter Justine Coffman leading the way, built large leads from there in the first two sets. As a result, the Pirates opened their season with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-19 win over the Demons Saturday afternoon. \"There was some sloppy play overall, and we kind of started slow in all three games,\" said Rocky River head coach Kelly Bennett, who started freshman...    (5123 reads)

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