ELYRIA — Four Medina County volleyball players will end their high school careers on a high note tonight.
The annual District 3 Senior All-Star Matches take place at 6 p.m. inside the Elyria High gymnasium, marking the first time the event has been held outside of Akron in four years.
Black River setter Emily Cartwright and Pirates coach Courtney Dieter are part of the opening contest as their Lorain County team faces Summit County.
The nightcap features the Portage County squad against the Area All-Stars, whose roster includes Medina outside hitter Ksenia Klue, Cloverleaf libero Jessie Lindemeyer and Highland libero Paige Tanzer.
“What coach wouldn’t love to be part of such an event?” said Dieter, one of seven coaches in county history to spend 10 years at the helm. “Creating a memorable, positive finale to high school careers is what it’s all about.
“I also believe that our team truly defines the phrase ‘All-Star’ with strong leaders and quality players from the Patriot Athletic Conference, then adding players from top-notch programs such as Amherst, Avon Lake and Vermilion.”
While Dieter’s squad includes a number of all-league honorees, one of them is very dear to her.
Two-time All-PAC selection Cartwright set eight school records during her four-year varsity career, obliterating many of them. Her 1,681 assists more than doubled the previous mark, while the 43 wins she took part in were the most by a Black River player this century.
“Emily has been my right hand — like an assistant coach on the court — over the past three years,” Dieter said. “I am very honored to top off my 10th season as a head coach with one of the best setters to pass through Black River High School. Having her on the court (tonight) will make this experience very memorable.”
The Summit County team includes Walsh Jesuit setter Kyra Coundourides, a Brunswick resident, and will be piloted by Firestone’s Stacey Myers and Garfield’s Jim Noall.
Streetsboro’s Bill Smerglia and Mogadore Field’s Brenda Ward are in charge of the Portage County squad, while Columbia’s Tony Tahan is at the helm of the Area All-Stars.
Wadsworth outside hitter Peyton Booth and Grizzlies middle hitter Ciera Koons also were selected for the Area All-Stars, but are unable to play due to prior commitments.
Ticket prices for the doubleheader are $5 for adults and $3 for students, while senior citizens will be admitted free. An awards ceremony recognizing the All-District teams in Divisions I, II, III and IV, along with the All-Academic District squads, will be held between the matches.
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