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...
Bay spikers fall short in tourney loss to Holy Name|
Coming down the stretch, the young Bay Rockets made their presence felt in the West Shore Conference volleyball race. In the final week of the regular season, they knocked off champion Elyria Catholic, then swept arch rival Rocky River to clinch a second-place finish.
That late-season run continued in the first round of the OHSAA Sectional tournament with a 3-set win over Firelands. But on Wednesday night, the Rockets\' run came to an end in a 25-18, 25-16, 25-13 loss to host Holy Name in a Division II sectional title match.
Bay concluded the 2013 season at 14-10. Holy Name, the third-seeded team in the Parma Heights district, moved on to next week\'s district semifinals and will face Revers, a 3-set winner over Keystone in Wednesday night\'s first match.
It was a tough night for the Rockets...
Rockets sweep River at Volley for The Cure event|
The Bay Rockets volleyball team celebrated Senior Night with an impressive 26-24, 25-17, 25-20 win over rival Rocky River to close out the 2013 regular season. The two teams also joined forces to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer with a successful Volley For The Cure Night
With the win, Bay clinched a second place tie for second place in the West Shore Conference with a 9-5 record. Lakewood also finished second in the conference with its 22-25, 12-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-11 win over Avon.
Senior middle hitter Bridget Durham led the Rockets with 13 kills, four service aces and eight blocks. Savannah Skelly had 11 kills and 13 digs, while junior setter Megan Lowery dished out 30 assists.
Bay junior Laura Wilson registered 15 digs, setting a new school record with 285 for the season.
For Rocky River, senior outside hitter Mary Kate Krajcer led...
Lakewood spikers shake off slow start, top Pirates|
After dropping a 25-13 opening set to Rocky River, things didn\'t look good for the Lakewood Rangers volleyball team. A combination of unforced errors and some efficient offense by the visiting Pirates made it look like a rough night was in store for the home team.
Such was not to be the case.
The Rangers got off to a quick start in the second set, held on for the win and went on to score a 13-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-22 win over Rocky River in a key West Shore Conference match Tuesday night. The Rangers moved into a tie with the Pirates for second place in the conference with one match remaining. Bay stayed in the hunt for the runner-up spot as well...
Rocket spikers refuse to lose, rally past Avon in 5|
The youthful Bay Rockets volleyball team has had its share of ups and down this season. Tuesday night at Avon was no exception as the visitors trailed in every set, including the crucial fourth set when the host Eagles held a 5-point lead three separate times.
But like Rockets head coach Katie McCarthy like to say, her team just refuses to lose.
Bay used a pair of Avon hitting errors and a block kill from senior middle hitter Bridget Durham to force a fifth and deciding set. The Rockets trailed early in that set, but took the lead on another Eagle hitting miscue and never looked back in a 15-25, 25- 20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-11 West Shore Conference win.
\"I just feel like we didn\'t show up until late in the match,\" admitted McCarthy...
Shoregals fight off Demons, stay in the SWC hunt|
The Avon Lake varsity volleyball team went into Westlake High School Thursday night and made a quick night of it, defeating the Demons in three sets 25-18, 25-19, 25-17 in a Southwestern Conference match.
The match marked the third night in a row that Avon Lake had played. Even with the SWC victory, Shoregals head coach Dan Berkheimer thought his squad looked tired.
\"I would have to say that my team was not the sharpest tonight,\" he said. \"Those other two matches took a bit out of us, but I do have to say that they worked extremely hard. I was really proud of the effort they displayed.\" The Shoregals led in the first set 4-0 behind the serving of...
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...
Video: Ranger spikers regroup to rally past Eagles|
For the Lakewood volleyball team, it was a big step in the right direction. For the Avon squad, it was back to the drawing board.
After dropping the first set, the visiting Rangers rallied back for an 18-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-21 win over the Eagles last week to pull their West Shore Conference record to 3-4. They evened their league mark two days later with a thrilling 5-set win at home over the Bay Rockets, avenging a loss on the opening night of the league schedule.
Lakewood was led by freshman outside hitter Gabby Wine, who registered 12 kills in 49 attempts, and junior outside hitter Emily Marek\'s 12 kills on 35 attempts. Senior middle hitter Amanda Hammed also contributed with 10 kills in 21 attempts. Senior setter Liz McIlwee dished out 46 assists, while junior...
Streaks use defense, team effort to sweep Pirates|
Throughout the first half of the 2013 season the Magnificat Blue Streaks had gone through more than their fair share of bumps and bruises.
But in Monday night\'s neighborhood rivalry match with Rocky River, the Streaks looked to be in a picture of health. They used a balanced attack and a strong defensive performance to sweep the visiting Pirates 25-14, 25-13, 25-12 to move to 7-5 on the season.
\"We\'ve been pretty dinged up,\" admitted Magnificat head coach Mike Cannon, who was able to use his entire roster against the Pirates.
\"We had a big day Saturday against Mt. Notre Dame and Walsh Jesuit. So tonight, we needed everyone to contribute and give the kids who have been playing through some injuries...
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...
Rockets rally past Rangers for McCarthy's first win|
Up 24-23 in game four, Bay’s Megan Lowery stepped back to the service line. With her team up two games to one, she had just ripped an ace to give the Rockets a 24-23 lead against visiting Lakewood.
The Rangers, trying to stay alive and force a fifth game, this time played the ball and sent it back the Rockets’ way. But when the resulting pass reached Lowery, the junior setter went to what had been her bread-and-butter play several times that night:
The setter dump. The ball left Lowery’s hands and...