July 23, 2016

Mostly clear

Hornets hold off the Colts on volleyball court

WESTFIELD TWP. — Senior middle hitter Julie Janmey fired 13 kills Thursday, leading Highland’s volleyball team to a 26-24, 15-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-13 Suburban League win at Cloverleaf.

The Hornets (8-9, 6-4) also got 37 assists from junior Alex Schuhle in splitting their home-and-home series with the Colts (4-12, 2-8) for the second year in a row.

Highland’s Mallory Adams hits the ball against Cloverleaf’s Cyanne Horner. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

Highland’s Mallory Adams hits the ball against Cloverleaf’s Cyanne Horner. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

“Everything has really just clicked this season and we’ve worked really well together,” Janmey said. “We always encourage each other, even when things aren’t going well, which is why we can win close matches like tonight.”

There were nine ties in the decisive fifth game before Highland went ahead for good at 14-13 on a kill by senior Samantha Nemeth. The Hornets won the match on the next serve when Nemeth delivered a block/kill in the middle of the net.

Freshman Mallory Adams added eight kills for Highland, which also got seven kills and five blocks from senior Melissa Bush.

“This has become our biggest rivalry because the matches are so heated,” Hornets coach Jeff McDivitt said. “It’s something that both schools enjoy being a part of.”

Cloverleaf had extended the match by scoring the final two points in the fourth on back-to-back kills by seniors Taylor Detwiler and Katie Simpson, both off assists by senior Katie Carino.

Detwiler paced the Colts with 16 kills and 17 digs, while Erin O’Callaghan had 14 kills and 17 digs and junior Morgan Eyring added 12 putdowns. Carino dished out 27 assists and Cyanne Horner made four rejections in the third straight five-gamer between the Medina County foes.

“It was a disappointing outcome, but I told the girls they should be proud of themselves for fighting back,” Cloverleaf coach Courtney Maibach said. “I’m sure it was fun for the fans to watch, because it was nerve-racking for us as coaches.”

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