BRUNSWICK — Medina’s volleyball team brought its “Swarm” and its swagger on the road Thursday night.
That combination helped the Bees earn their biggest regular-season victory in two years.
Ksenia Klue, Jess Sency and Carmen DeRose combined for 40 kills as Medina claimed a thrilling 25-14, 30-32, 25-23, 15-25, 15-9 win over Brunswick in Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division action.
“That was the best match that I’ve ever coached in — and the best win of my career,” Bees coach Connie Daum said. “There was great play by both teams and our girls never quit. They never gave up and they gave me everything they had.
“Nights like this are why I came back to coaching. These girls are such a special group and they mean the world to me.”
Senior outside hitter Klue led the way with 14 kills and 21 digs, while junior outside hitter Sency had 13 kills and 18 digs. Senior middle hitter DeRose rounded out the hard-hitting trio with 13 kills and a match-high seven blocks, many of which brought the large visiting student section to its feet.
“Winning tonight was the best feeling, especially with the Swarm here supporting us,” said Medina junior setter Ashley Pavlescak, who dished out a match-high 43 assists. “I was a little nervous at first, but once the adrenalin kicked in, it turned into intensity because I hate to lose.”
The Bees never trailed in the decisive fifth game and seized all the momentum on back-to-back kills by junior outside hitter Jackie Coyne. The second of Coyne’s kills caught the tape and dropped just over the net to extend the Bees’ advantage to 9-3.
Pavlescak also rose to the occasion with a nifty block/kill to set up match point for the Bees (8-2, 1-0), who are off to their best start since the advent of rally scoring in 2004. Medina won four matches last season.
“We started off so well tonight and kept pushing right through the end,” said Klue, who has developed into a legitimate go-to hitter on the left side. “It was incredible being part of a win like this in Brunswick’s gym. We were always on the same page.”
Senior middle hitter Leah Svoboda chipped in eight kills for the Bees, who also received four blocks from Klue and a pair of aces from senior libero Erika Grumbach.
Sophomore outside hitter Gina Yurik played an incredible match for the Blue Devils (3-3, 0-1), amassing a match- and career-high 17 kills — all in the final four games — while recording 27 digs.
Six of Yurik’s kills occurred in the nail-biting second game, which saw Medina fight off four game points and Brunswick avoid two. Olivia Krivanek had seven kills in the 62-point duel, while Megan Anderson scored the winner with a block/kill in the center of the net.
“The second game was so exciting because we kept picking each other up when things didn’t look so good,” Yurik said. “Knowing we lost the match will only make us work harder and come back even better when we play Medina again.”
Sophomore middle hitter Krivanek also set a career high with 12 kills, while senior setter Anderson collected 11 kills, 26 assists, five blocks and three aces. Senior libero Allison Evans made a match-high 30 digs without committing an unforced error.
Blue Devils sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Hannah added six assists and sophomore setter Erika Overton had 17 assists.
“Give Brunswick credit, their setters were really good and Yurik kept putting it down,” Klue said. “We just weren’t going to lose to them tonight.”
The 62 points scored in the second game equaled the sixth-highest total in Medina County history, but were the most in an intracounty match. The county record for points in a game is 72, set Oct. 22, 2009, at the Strongsville Division I Sectional, where North Royalton beat Highland 37-35.
• Brunswick won the junior varsity match 25-18, 25-16.
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