That certainly was the case Thursday as tall, talented Solon knocked off
“We started really, really strong,” said Solon coach Melissa FitzGerald. “But
“Our girls started out very overwhelmed with Solon’s height and their reputation,” said
FitzGerald thought the ease in which Solon controlled the first game took away its focus in the second, but
“That’s how volleyball works,” FitzGerald said. “When you do beat a team fairly easily like that, nine times out of 10 that’s what happens next game. That’s a really hard thing to prevent.”
Solon has weapons all over the court but none more impressive than senior Kayla Jeter, daughter of former NFL star Gary Jeter. Jeter had quite a night for the Comets at the net with 18 kills and 11 blocks, but she also led the defensive effort with 19 digs and had five aces. Senior Erin Wisner (6-foot-2) had 10 kills and seven blocks while junior Kelsey Kuehner came up with five kills and four blocks. Libero Dana Forgione had 17 digs while setters Claire Koneval and Kathleen Russell combined for 43 assists.
In the fourth game, Jeter practically took things over. She contributed five of Solon’s first seven points with some monster kills and one huge block at the net. Solon took a 7-1 advantage and, although
“Kayla played a great game,” FitzGerald said.
“(Solon) moved her a little bit to different positions,” Johnson said of Jeter. “They had her playing middle, they had her hitting on the outside. She’s a smart attacker. She’s the type that knows what she wants to hit and knows where our weaknesses are. There were a couple times she went up big and strong, other times she tipped against us. She’s a very smart player — but I’m proud of my girls.”
The Pioneers rallied to close within 21-18 in Game 3 off an ace by Lexi Smith and a Solon hitting error, but couldn’t get any closer. After Jeter’s burst to start the fourth game, Elyria whittled the deficit to 11-9 on a pair of Medvetz aces and its defense kept the ball alive two straight times with Richards scoring to close to 18-15 later in the game, but the Comets answered both rallies to maintain the lead.
“My girls worked hard,” said Johnson. “We’re a young group and one of the things we’re trying to work on is our consistency. We go through spurts in ball control throughout the game. Once we get over that hump of making errors, back-to-back, then we should be an effective team.”
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