EATON TWP. — The host team came dangerously close to watching its season end after just one match.
“I told them if they didn’t pick it up it will be the end of their season,” Midview coach Jen Shouse said. “Maybe it sunk in.”
Midview lost the first game of its sectional tournament match versus North Ridgeville on Monday and had to rally twice to keep from going into a 2-0 hole in Game 2.
The Middies pulled out the 21-25, 28-26, 25-17, 25-17 victory to advance to face top seed Avon Lake on Wednesday night at 7:30.
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North Olmsted and Olmsted Falls also advanced in Monday’s first round. North Olmsted (12-11) beat Lorain 26-24, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20. Olmsted Falls (11-10) eliminated Westlake 25-12, 25-19, 21-25, 25-22.
“They made us work” Midview coach Jen Shouse said. “They had very few errors in the first game and for the first part of the second game. They came out ready to go.”
North Ridgeville (6-17) trailed 9-8 before going on an 8-2 run. The Rangers scored six straight to take a 24-16 lead.
“We came out with tons of energy,” North Ridgeville coach Dana Peterson said. “They were extremely focused. If they’re going to lose, I’d rather have them give it their all. That’s what they did.”
The tide turned after the Rangers built a 13-6 lead in Game 2. Midview (10-13) went on an 11-3 run to take a 17-16 lead. The teams were tied five more times before two straight aces by Danielle Seljan put the Middies ahead 23-21.
Then it was North Ridgeville’s turn to rally, and the Rangers tied the score at 24-all on a dump kill by setter Emily Duke. The Middies finally won on a Rangers hitting error and a kill by Becca Mullins.
“The first game wasn’t how we normally play,” said Alex Nilges, who led Midview with 13 kills. “It was more a mental struggle. Once we get in a huddle and take a deep breath we can come out ready to fight.”
Midview went on a 10-3 run in Game 3 to take a 22-14 lead. The Middies had scoring sprees of 9-1 and 13-3 in Game 4.
Jessica Lentz, North Ridgeville’s junior outside hitter, led all attackers with 22 kills. Her total was four away from the school record for kills in a match.
Molly Albright had 12 kills and Cassie Haight added 10 kills for Midview. Meghan Higley was 113-for-114 setting with 44 assists. Nilges and Melissa Randolph had 13 digs apiece. Higley served three aces and Mullins and Seljan had two each. Liz Beard served two aces for the Rangers.
For Lorain, it was just too much Dana Borsz and Tia McCord.
Borsz, a senior who will play volleyball at Youngstown State University next year, had 21 kills. McCord, a junior, added 20 kills.
“It’s putting it mildly to say they’re very good hitters,” Lorain coach Lynne Rositano said. “They could hit around us and over us, especially when our setter was on the front row. They hit all over us when that was the case.”
Lorain ended its season 17-6. North Olmsted plays No. 3 seed Amherst on Thursday night at 6 o’clock.
The Titans took advantage of a pile of errors by North Olmsted to open a 13-5 lead in the initial game. The Eagles rallied to take a 22-21 and won it after a kill by Borsz and a Lorain hitting error.
“North Olmsted picked up the pace and we couldn’t keep up,” Rositano said of the Eagles’ comeback. “We did a lot of things well. We just couldn’t keep up with their pace.”
Lorain managed to win Game 2. The score was tied 22-22 before Lorain got two kills by Alexis Castro and an ace by Katelyn Gonzalez to win.
Little went right for the Titans in the third game. North Olmsted went on a 9-1 run to fashion an 11-3 lead and was ahead 21-8 before the Titans rallied to come as close as 24-18. The score was tied 14-14 in Game 4 before an 8-2 run from North Olmsted sank Lorain for good.
Castro led Lorain with 13 kills, 10 blocks and four block kills. Kayla Lurry added 11 kills and Marlena Guice had seven kills. Serena Rodriguez had 33 assists, Guice and Gonzalez led the Titans with six digs each.
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