CHAMPIONS! Shoregals sweep Eagles to win SWC|
Last season, the Avon Lake volleyball team went out in search of the program’s first Southwestern Conference championship since 1995. When the 2012 season rolled around, the Shoregals quickly realized their role in the league had dramatically changed.
They went from being the hunters to the hunted.
But despite a season-opening loss at Brecksville, the Shoregals answered that challenge. They capped off a 13-league match win streak Thursday night with a 24-14, 25-19, 25-16 win at North Olmsted to clinch the outright SWC crown for the second year in a row.
“We had to work a lot harder for it this year,” admitted senior middle hitter Chistine Bohan, who registered 13 kills to lead the Avon Lake offense.
“I feel we turned out to be a better team than last year,” Bohan said. “Even though our record in the conference is the same...
River spikers outlast Rangers in five-set marathon|
With the regular season winding down and Elyria Catholic clinching the West Shore Conference championship, it was time to switch gears for the Lakewood and Rocky River volleyball teams.
Both the Rangers and Pirates enter tournament play next week, and Tuesday night’s match had a playoff atmosphere to it as River prevailed 23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11 in a WSC barn burner at Lakewood High.
Rocky River, which closes out the regular season Thursday night at Bay, edged it’s way over the .500 mark at 11-10. The Pirates also moved to 8-5 in the WSC with a third-place finish still within reach.
Lakewood, coming off a 2-1 performance at the Mayfield Tournament over the weekend, fell to 10-11 overall and 6-7 in league...
Eagles soar back to even after sweeping Demons|
Consistency may be the word uttered most by volleyball coaches at all levels of the game when talking about their team’s play. The ups and downs in a match, along with the sometimes-drastic momentum swings, make it a crucial component to a team’s success.
Thursday night’s Southwestern Conference volleyball matchup between North Olmsted and Westlake was one between two teams looking for more of that consistency.
With the regular season nearing a close, North Olmsted seemed to have the edge...
Panthers sweep Avon, maintain hold on WSC lead|
After playing great volleyball over the past few weeks, the youthful Avon squad was looking forward to it’s match at Elyria Catholic Tuesday night.
The Panthers, unbeaten in the West Shore Conference, were ranked fifth in the lastest Division III coaches poll but just one match ahead of the Eagles in the standings. It was an opportunity for Avon to make a statement that their young team had arrived.
Instead, the Eagles left Elyria knowing they had more work to do.
The Panthers held off a furious rally to win the second set, then jumped out to a big lead in the third set to sweep the Eagles 25-15, 25-23, 25-15 at the EC Coliseum. The win gave...
Focused Shoregals sweep Bees out of first place|
With a season-opening loss to Brecksville still fresh in their minds, the Avon Lake Shoregals came into Thursday night’s Southwestern Conference rematch focused and ready to go.
That wasn’t good news for the Bees.
Behind a big serving night from Christine Bohan, the Shoregals kept their mistakes to a minimum and swept Brecksville 25-20, 25-18, 25-16 to remain no less than tied for first place in the SWC with six matches to go.
Brecksville, coming off a three-set loss to Amherst on Tuesday night, fell to 6-2 in the SWC and 11-5 overall.
“The first time we played them, we missed 15 serves and had 23 serve receive errors...
Shoregals sweep Eagles, brace for Bees Thursday|
In what seems like eons ago, the Avon Lake volleyball team opened the 2012 season with a loss at Brecksville.
If Tuesday night was any indication, the Shoregals are more than ready for the rematch.
The defending Southwestern Conference champions were a force at the net and served tough all night in a convincing 25-15, 25-21, 25-18 win over visiting North Olmsted. Avon Lake served up a lucky 13 aces on the night and put up a block that stymied Eagle hitters throughout the match.
With the win, Avon Lake moved to 6-1 in the SWC at the halfway point. Shortly after the match, the Shoregals found out that Amherst had thrown the league race into a three-way tie with a 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 thrashing of Brecksville just west up Rt. 2.
The Shoregals, now 7-2 overall, will host the Bees Thursday night...
Magnificat puts things together in win over Pirates|
With both teams hovering around the halfway point of their respective seasons, the Magnificat and Rocky River volleyball teams went into Monday night’s match still looking to piece things together in 2012.
When it was all said and done, is was the Blue Streaks who took a big step into the second half of the season.
Magnificat, struggling to get over the .500 mark, got back to even with a 25-16, 25-12, 25-18 road win over the Pirates. River, now 7-4, had it’s chances throughout the match but couldn’t get past the inconsistent play that has plagued them throughout the first half of the season. “We’re still inconsistent. We didn’t do quite enough...
Opportunity knocks, River answers in four-set win|
Thursday night’s volleyball match between Lakewood and Rocky River was one filled with opportunity for both teams.
In the end, it was the Pirates who took managed to take advantage.
Despite stumbling in the third set, they managed to come back strong enough in the fourth and came away with a 25-14, 25-19, 12-25, 25-18 win over the Rangers in an important West Shore Conference matchup. The Pirates, coming off a loss to first-place Elyria Catholic, needed the win...
Eagle spikers recover for SWC win over Demons|
Trailing Westlake one set to none, the North Olmsted volleyball team knew it had some adjustments to make to get back into Tuesday night’s Southwestern Conference match.
Those adjustments were made, and the results soon followed.
North Olmsted, behind the one-two punch of outside hitters Tia McCord and Dana Borsz, cleaned up it’s game and went on a roll. The Eagles won the next three sets for a solid 23-25, 25-14, 25 16, 25-15 win over the Demons that kept them in the thick of the SWC race.
“We told our kids after the first game that they just needed to stay aggressive,” said Eagles head coach Jason Krucek, whose team...
Video: River spikers take third at own invitational|
The Rocky River volleyball team finished third at it’s 33rd annual Rocky River Volleyball Invitational Saturday. The Pirates defeated Keystone, 25-23, 25-11 to finish 2-1 on the day.
In the championship match, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin won the event with a 25-19, 20-25, 25-14 win over Brookside.
North Olmsted also went 2-1 on the day, but dropped out of contention with an opening 25-22, 17-25, 25-13 loss to River. The Eagles bounced back with a 25-14, 24-26, 25-18 win over Trinity and a 21-25, 25-16, 25-23 victory over Cuyahoga Heights.
Lakewood had rough day, but finished things off with a 26-24, 25-17 win over Trinity. The Rangers opened their day with a 22-25, 25-21, 27-25...
Blue Streaks fight off Padua for tournament title|
The Magnificat volleyball team found itself in a very unusual position heading into Saturday’s annual Magnificat Showcase Tournament.
The Blue Streaks came into the tournament winless at 0-3 after losses to Notre Dame Academy, Kenston and Beaumont. But they broke their losing streak with a 25-11, 25-14 win over Brecksville in Saturday’s first round, then defeated Holy Name and Padua to claim the Showcase title and even their record at 3-3.
“We were really focused on playing at home...
Eagles take control early in 3-set sweep at River|
After a big win last week at Midview, Rocky River head coach Kelly Bennett was looking for more of the same Tuesday night as Avon paid a visit.
As it turned out, the Eagles had other ideas.
Avon took advantage of numerous Pirate mistakes in the first set and left town with a three-set sweep in handing River its first loss of the season. The 25-13, 25-17, 25-22 Eagle win put both teams at 2-1 in the West Shore Conference, one game behind front-running Lakewood and Elyria Catholic.
“Our offense has really picked up a lot,” said Avon head coach Jenn Larrick...
Shoregals bounce back with sweep over Braves|
When you win a conference championship, in any sport, you always have a bullseye on your back the following season. To have a chance to repeat, a team has to learn how to play with that added pressure.
Following a season-opening loss on Tuesday night to Brecksville, Avon Lake needed to make a statement in its home opener on Thursday against Berea. Falling two games back in the Southwestern Conference would not be a good way for the Shoregals to start their defense of the crown.
Lesson learned. Avon Lake took control...
Lakewood spikers sweep Rockets in WSC debut|
Tuesday night, the Lakewood volleyball team traveled to Bay High for its first-ever match as a member of the West Shore Conference.
The task at hand: Take on a program that had won the league title the past three years on a row, in their own gym and less than 24 hours after winning your season opener in five sets.
While the Rangers may not have played their best, the results spoke for themselves. Lakewood ran the table, rallying from behind in the third set to sweep the Rockets 25-23, 25-22, 26-24 at The Launch Pad. “This is obviously our first match in this...
River rolls in three set win over youthful Westlake|
A three-set loss in the season opener probably wasn’t what first-year head coach Meghan Mental and her Westlake Demons were looking for Saturday afternoon.
But from Mental’s perspective, brighter days are ahead despite a 25-11, 25-17, 25-21 loss to visiting Rocky River that officially opened the 2012 volleyball season in the Westshore.
“Since were so young, I’m trying to get the girls to stay positive and move on to the next play,” Mental said after the match. “Sometimes we tend to let our mistakes get to us,” she said. “We’re getting better, though, at shaking those off...