November 24, 2014

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Volleyball: Balance key for Devils against taller Kenston

Olivia Krivanek and state-ranked Brunswick will play Kenston in a Division I regional semifinal. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

BRECKSVILLE — Ally Badowski, Julia Holden, Gina Yurik, Olivia Krivanek and Amanda Lessman are all capable of taking over a match for Brunswick’s volleyball team. Setters Erika Overton and Molly Grzybowski make sure they have the opportunity to do so, feeding their hottest hitters at all times. The fundamentally sound strategy has led the Blue Read More…

Volleyball: Improved Grizzlies set for semis rematch with powerful Hudson

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HUDSON — By all rights, this should have been a rebuilding year for Wadsworth’s volleyball team. Olivia Fortner, Jenna Oplinger, Rachel Pressley and Maria Sansonetti, however, refused to let that occur. The seniors provided the backbone and resolve as the Grizzlies became the first squad in Medina County history to win three consecutive district championships. Read More…

Volleyball: Highland beats Medina in revenge match

From left to right, Highland players Angel Redman, Kathleen Kirchner, Olivia Sir Louis, Mallory Adams, Emmi Esker and Nikki Tecco celebrate a Barberton D-I district semifinal win over Medina. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

BARBERTON — Revenge was sweet and it came in a sweep for Highland’s volleyball team. Junior middle hitter Marlee Profitt had game highs of 14 kills and eight blocks Tuesday as the second-seeded Hornets beat third-seeded Medina 25-23, 25-11, 25-23 in the Barberton Division I District semifinals. Highland (17-7) avenged its five-game loss to the Read More…

Volleyball: Medina, Highland excited with finals berth on line

BARBERTON — It’s a rematch one full year in the making. It also is exactly what every person in the Highland and Medina volleyball programs knew would occur. The second-seeded Hornets (16-7) and third-seeded Bees (13-10) will square off tonight at 6 in the Barberton Division I District semifinals. Though there is great respect between Read More…

Volleyball: Cruise control, Wadsworth easily gets by Barberton

BARBERTON — The only drama in the Wadsworth volleyball team’s Barberton Division I Sectional semifinal against Akron Garfield on Wednesday was a brief delay in the second set. The delay, which lasted about five minutes, was due to the Grizzlies playing out of order. After officials discussed the error and got everyone back where they Read More…

Volleyball: Elyria defeats Black River

ELYRIA — The Black River volleyball knew coming in to its Elyria Division III Sectional final against top-seeded Independence that it would have its hands full. The Pirates were hoping for a better showing than what went down Wednesday night. The Blue Devils set the tone by opening the match with a 10-0 run and Read More…

Volleyball: Making districts, Carla Relitz kills Cloverleaf’s hopes

Medina’s Jess Sency tips the ball past Cloverleaf’s Brooke Bell in the first game. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

BARBERTON — Carla Relitz emerged as a key contributor for Medina’s volleyball team late in the regular season. The junior outside hitter made an even bigger impact in her tournament debut. Relitz hammered nine of her career-high 10 kills over the first two games Tuesday, leading the Bees to a 25-12, 25-8, 13-25, 25-16 win Read More…

Volleyball sectional: Rockets rally to beat Bucks

PARMA HTS. — Buckeye’s volleyball team recovered from numerous injuries in time to peak for the start of the postseason. Unfortunately for the Bucks, their stay was limited to one match. Bay rallied from a four-point deficit in the fifth game Monday for a 25-20, 18-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-11 victory over Buckeye at the Holy Read More…

Volleyball: Brunswick grabs NOC Valley crown

ELYRIA — It’s time to make room for another volleyball championship banner at Brunswick. Ally Badowski, Julia Holden and Gina Yurik combined for 36 kills, eight aces and eight blocks Thursday night, powering the Blue Devils to a 25-17, 25-19, 29-27 victory over Elyria. The triumph earned Brunswick (19-2, 9-1) a share of the Northeast Read More…

Volleyball: Nothing goes wrong for Wadsworth, who tie in division

Brunswick’s Julia Holden hits through the block of North Royalton’s Maddie Meinberg. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

NORTH ROYALTON — The Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division volleyball title will be decided in the final week of the season. Junior outside hitter Katie Baird blasted a match-high 19 kills Thursday as North Royalton moved into a first-place tie with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 victory over Brunswick. The Blue Devils (16-2, 7-1) and Bears Read More…