September 2, 2014

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Two matches, two sweeps: Teams 1 and 3 roll to wins in Lorain County Senior All-Star volleyball matches

LORAIN — It was an odd night.
That is, the teams with odd numbers were the winners Wednesday in the 2008 Lorain County Volleyball Coaches Association’s Senior All-Star matches at Southview High.
In the first match, Team 1 prevailed 25-16, 25-15 and 25-21 over Team 2. Team 3 defeated Team 4 25-23, 27-25 and 25-10 in the evening’s second match. Both matches consisted of three games so that all of the girls would get as much playing time as possible.
Erin Kretovics of Elyria Catholic served six straight points to break an 11-11 tie in the first game to propel Team 1 to its victory. Three of those points came via aces, while Panthers teammate Katie Wetzel served the winners’ last six points.
Amherst’s Olivia Sliman broke a 1-1 tie in the second game with eight straight points, two of them aces, for Team 1. She added five more points late in the game, which gave Team 1 a
22-12 lead, its largest of the game.
Comets setter Lauren Percival’s six straight service points put Team 1 in control of the third game (13-6), while a late Kretovics kill helped assure the team’s sweep.
“It really was nice to play with my teammates one last time,” said Jacki Street of Midview and a member of Team 2. “Hannah (Duran), one of my teammates, is the best setter I’ve ever played with. She and I have worked very well together in our high school days.”
Chloe Irish had three kills to fuel Team 3 to a 14-8 lead in the first game of the second match before Admiral King’s Dominique Higginbotham’s kill pulled Team 4 within 20-18. From there, the action went back and forth until a long hit by a Team 4 player gave the win to Team 3.
Briana Shullick of Clearview served six straight points in Game 2 to give Team 4 a 13-7 lead. After the two teams exchanged five straight points, Team 3 rallied to pull even at 19. Four more ties ensued before a missed serve and bad hit by Team 4 gave Team 3 a second win.
Jocelyn Andersen of Keystone started Game 3 with six straight points for Team 3. After a Team 4 point and an Irish kill, Gina Lurry tacked on five points. Two more spurts of three points each helped fuel the easy win before a Lurry ace put an end to the evening’s festivities.
“This was a fun thing to do,” said Ali Gendron of Brookside and a member of Team 3. “This evening puts a nice ending to a season in which we (the Brookside team) made a complete turnaround. We had a solid team and I’m really proud of that.”
Between the two matches, the association recognized Wellington coach Marsha Coultrip for getting her 400th win during the season. Also, former Elyria High coaches Carol Russo and Connie Rusynyk were tapped for the Hall of Fame.
Russo compiled a 543-110 record in her 27 seasons as Elyria’s head coach. She and her mother, Sue Brady of Oberlin, are the only mother-daughter combination to take teams to the state finals.
Rusynyk won 349 matches in 24 years as the Pioneers’ junior varsity coach, making her one of the winningest JV coaches in the state.
Contact Jerry Henson at 329-7135
or ctsports@chroniclet.com.