Top-ranked Arrows end Blue Streaks' state hopes|
Throughout the 2011 season, Toledo St. Ursula Academy breezed through its regular season at 22-0 and was the top-ranked Division I team in the Ohio Volleyball Coaches Asociation poll.
In those 22 wins, only five teams were able to push the Arrows to a fourth game. One of those was the fifth-ranked Magnificat Blue Streaks.
The Blue Streaks had a chance to do it again Saturday in the Norwalk Division I Regional championship match. But SUA erased a five-point deficit late in the second set...
Streaks top Bears for 25th straight district crown|
Thursday night at Strongsville, North Royalton came into the Division I district title match determined to stop Magnificat\'s streak of 24-straight championships.
Behind the 6-3 Sara Schwarzwalder, the Bears looked ready to achieve their goal. But the Blue Streaks would not be denied and came away with a 25-16, 23-25, 25-23, 25-16 win to make it 25 district crowns in a row.
\"It doesn\'t get old, but it gets harder,\" said Magnificat head coach Mike Cannon...
Streaks ready for Bears after win over Mustangs|
At tournament time, playing a volleyball team on its home court is always a concern. Magnificat head coach Mike Cannon had such concerns heading into his teamís Division I district semifinal match with Strongsville.
But on Tuesday night, the Blue Steaks put those concerns to rest in convincing fashion.
Magnificat, with its offense clicking on all cylinders, put the host Mustangs back on their collective heels from the start...
Shoregals start fast, eliminate Westlake in three|
During the regular season, the Westlake volleyball team had been able to give state-ranked Avon Lake all it could handle during its two Southwestern Conference matches.
Thursday night was a different story.
The Shoregals, after getting pushed to the brink by North Olmsted on Monday, came out determined and took care of the Demons 25-17, 25-17, 25-20 in a Division I sectional championship match...
Blue Streaks fall to Cougars to end regular season|
Year after year, the Magnificat volleyball program puts together the toughest regular season schedule possible. The Blue Streaks annually run the gauntlet of perennial state powerhouses in preparation for the state tournament.
Magnificatís grueling regular season came to an end Thursday night in a four-set loss to Lake Catholic. The defending Division II state champions left the House on Hilliard with a 25-23, 27-25, 13-25, 25-18 decision.
That match came just two days after the Blue Streaksí...
Seniors play a key role in Rockets' run to WSC title|
More times than not, championship teams have a solid nucleus of seniors leading the way.
The Bay volleyball team is no exception.
Team co-captains Claire Wilson and Rachel Vick, along with fellow seniors Amy Urwin, Katie McFeeley, Jenny Osborn and Amelia Stickler, formed that nucleus this year. They also led the Rockets to their third-straight West Shore Conference championship Tuesday night...
CHAMPIONS! Rockets defeat EC, earn WSC 3-peat|
Throughout the 2011 season, the Bay volleyball team has found a way to dig down deep and pull out some very big wins.
Tuesday night was no exception, and it will probably be a night the Rockets won\'t soon forget.
Down 20-14 in the third set, Bay went on an amazing 11-1 run to close out a 25-19, 25-15, 25-21 win at Elyria Catholic to clinch its third-straight West Shore Conference championship. The Rockets moved to 10-1 in the league to win the crown...
Volleyball: Battle lines drawn for OHSAA tourney|
The battle lines have been drawn in the upcoming OHSAA State Volleyball Tournament.
The areaís state-ranked teams - Avon Lake, Bay and Magnificat - will be looking to advance out of their respective district tournaments beginning Oct. 17. Thatís when the No. 10 Shoregals take on fellow Southwestern Conference member North Olmsted in their Grafton district opener.
Magnificat, the No. 4 team in the state in Division I, will open play Oct. 20 in the Strongsville district tournament. No. 12 North Royalton is also in that tournament and is in the bracket opposite the Blue Streaks.
Bay will look to wrap up its third-straight...
Rockets top Rangers, will play EC for WSC crown|
Following a three-set victory over North Ridgeville on Volley for The Cure Night, Bay has put itself right where it wanted to be.
For the Rockets, it all comes down to Tuesday night.
On Thursday night, Bay took care of business with a 25-18, 25-17, 26-24 win over the Rangers at Bay Middle School. Next Tuesday, the Rockets will take their 9-1 conference mark to twice-beaten Elyria Catholic for a match that will determine the West Shore Conference championship....
Westlake fights back to take Eagles in five sets|
In the first set of Tuesday nightís volleyball match at Westlake, North Olmsted made enough mistakes to last an entire match in dropping a 25-19 decision.
The Eagles battled back, taking a 2-1 lead on Volley For The Cure Night. But with a chance to close things out in the fourth set, those mistakes crept back into the picture.
The Demons were all but happy to take advantage...
Rockets do it with defense, regain control of WSC|
Earlier this month, Midview had its way in its home volleyball match with Bay.
This time around, the Middies didnít know what hit them.
The streaking Rockets jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first set and held off a Midview challenge in the third to claim a 25-11, 25-16, 26-24 win Thursday night. It was Bayís 10th win in a row and allowed the Rockets to regain...
Volleyball: Streaks fall in Toledo; Bay tops Sailors|
The Magnificat Road Warriors, better known as the Blue Streaks, havenít seen much of Cuyahoga County the past few days.
Last weekend, the team traveled to Cincinnati to take part in the two-day Mother of Mercy Fall Classic. The Streaks went 3-1, then had a short stay at home before hitting the road to Toledo to take on St. Ursula Academy Tuesday night.
St. Ursula just happened to be the No. 1 ranked Division I team in Ohio, unbeaten at 13-0...
Unbeaten Shoregals hold off determined Demons|
Despite a 2-0 lead over Westlake, Avon Lake suddenly found itself with a match on its hands.
But when push came to shove, the state-ranked Shoregals responded.
The up-and-coming Demons rallied and took the third set, 25-21, then took a quick 3-1 lead in the fourth. Avon Lake, however, came up with a rally of its own...
Rockets keep rolling in three-set win over Pirates|
Earlier this season, the Bay volleyball team dropped a five-set decision to Midview.
Since that night in Grafton, the Rockets have a done a complete about face. It hasnít been much fun for their opponents, with Bay winning seven matches in a row.
Tuesday night in Rocky River, the Rockets made it eight straight to move to 11-2 on the season...
Bees too much for shorthanded Westlake spikers|
With starting setter Jesse Moracz already out of the lineup due to injury, the Westlake volleyball team was already up against it.
When middle hitter Lexi Schmidt left the match with an ankle injury early in the second set, things couldnít have gotten much worse for the Demons. With state qualifier Brecksville on the other side of the net, the task was already tough enough.
But despite the holes in their lineup, the Demons fought the Bees down to the wire...
Rangers, Pirates finish behind Shoregals at Invite|
With just two full time starters back from last yearís squad, the Rocky River volleyball team is learning on the fly as the 2011 season unfolds.
Lakewood, with four sophomores and a freshman on their roster, looked to be a notch ahead of the Pirates Saturday at the Rocky River Invitational. The Rangers, behind the outside hitting of Elizabeth Spellacy and Danielle Witri, nipped the Pirates in the semifinals and advanced to the championship match.
Demons, Tolman outlast Eagles in five-set victory|
Thursday nightís Southwestern Conference volleyball match between Westlake and North Olmsted featured two teams looking for consistency in their respective games.
Today, both teams are continuing that search.
As it turned out, a five-play onslaught by Westlakeís Johanna Tolman in the fifth set made the difference. That brought the Demons back from an 8-3 deficit...
Streaks open with three-set victory over Panthers|
Early in the preseason, Magnificat volleyball head coach Mike Cannon felt his defense was going to make a difference this season.
But if Saturday was any indication, the Blue Streaksí offense will be will be a difference maker as well.
Junior outside hitter Cayley Balser pounded out 13 kills, while seniors Clare Schirmer and Madalyn Koz combined for another 16 as Magnificat got past visiting Pickerington North 25-20, 25-15, 25-23 in the 2011 season opener.
Defense to bolster Blue Streaks' 2011 season|
Year after year, the Magnificat volleyball program has been known for its talent along the net.
And while that probably wonít change during the upcoming 2011 season, itís the Blue Streaksí defense that has head coach Mike Cannon excited.