June 26, 2016

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Volleyball: Grizzlies extend SL win streak to 50

WADSWORTH — “The Streak” has reached a nifty 50 for Wadsworth’s volleyball team.

Sophomore outside hitter Jodi Johnson tied her career high with 17 kills and made 14 digs Tuesday, powering the Grizzlies to a 25-23, 25-22, 25-15 sweep of previously undefeated Revere in Suburban League play.

Wadsworth (11-3, 7-0) extended its school-record conference winning streak to 50 matches — it dates back to Oct. 15, 2009 — and took over sole possession of the SL lead at the midpoint of the season from the Minutemen (11-1, 6-1).

“We’ve got seven more matches in the league this year, but tonight was definitely a major milestone for every one of us,” Grizzlies senior outside hitter Peyton Booth said. “Winning 50 in a row is amazing, but to get there by beating Revere, which has always been an important match at Wadsworth and our biggest rival, feels especially great.”

Booth, who has been the best all-around player in Medina County this year, played her usual terrific match. The NCAA Division I basketball recruit had 13 kills and 11 digs while only making one unforced error.

Senior middle hitter Ciera Koons added nine kills and a match-high six blocks, while senior libero Erin Zita led the Grizzlies with 17 digs.

“After the match, I talked to the whole team about the large role our seniors have played in building the program,” Wadsworth coach Jill Klingbeil said. “A lot of what they have done is the reason why we could celebrate No. 50 tonight. Peyton, Ciera, Erin, Maddie (Gilger), and Andrea (Beavers) have helped set the tone for how successful Wadsworth volleyball is today.”

Junior outside hitter Stephanie Bierman had seven kills and junior middle hitter Ali Boehnlein chipped in six kills and three rejections for Revere, which is ranked No. 12 in the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association Division II state poll.

The defending Barberton Division I District champion Grizzlies won the kill battle 46-27 and outblocked their guests 17-9.

“This was a tough loss and not the outcome we were hoping for,” said Minutemen coach Jenna Steyer, an All-Gazette middle hitter at Medina in 2005. “The first two games we played them very well, but in the third we looked a little deflated out there.

“We’ll learn from this, though, because I’ve got a great group of girls. Wadsworth definitely deserves credit for 50 straight league wins.”

Grizzlies junior setters Rachel Pressley (24 assists) and Maria Sansonetti (14 assists) won their head-to-head battle with Revere counterparts Chloe Stile (12 assists) and Sarah Eley (8 assists). They also earned praise from their coach and teammates for their other skills.

“Maria and Rachel are playing amazing defensively,” Booth said. “They picked up so many tips and kept so many points alive tonight, it was incredible.”

The Grizzlies jumped to an 8-1 lead in the opener before grinding out a 25-23 win behind six kills by Booth and five by Johnson.

The second game saw Johnson rip a half-dozen kills, including the go-ahead points at 21-20 and 22-21. Revere stayed within one until 23-22, when it missed a serve and struck the left antenna on back-to-back plays to fall by three points.

Wadsworth sophomore outside hitter Haley Witschey had all five of her kills in the third, which ended on consecutive service aces by junior defensive specialist Olivia Fortner.

“Haley really gave us a spark,” Klingbeil said. “She is growing and learning as a player every day. You love to see that from your younger girls while your team keeps winning.”


Sophia Chirumbole had nine assists and Samantha Jones made 20 digs as Wadsworth’s junior varsity beat Revere 25-22, 26-24. The Grizzlies also received five aces from Hannah McComas and six kills from Jenna Johnson.

• Steyer’s father, George, is a popular girls basketball coach in the county. He will be working as an assistant at Medina this winter after several years at Brunswick.

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