April 25, 2014

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Volleyball: Elyria Catholic wins opener over Brookside in four games

Elyria Catholic High School senior Brooke Neidrich (No. 24) reaches to return a ball hit by Brookside junior Tyller Holley during a match on Thursday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Elyria Catholic High School senior Brooke Neidrich (No. 24) reaches to return a ball hit by Brookside junior Tyller Holley during a match on Thursday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD — Elyria Catholic starting quarterback Jeremy Holley had a dilemma when he walked into Brookside’s gym for the Panthers’ volleyball season opener against the Cardinals.

On one side of the gym sat his school friends — kids he goes to class with and who play on the football team with him — and on the other side sat the Brookside fans who were there to cheer on the Cardinals — a team that features his sister, Tyller Holley.

After making a brief stop to chat with the Brookside faithful, Holley wandered over to the Panthers’ side of the gym and settled in. There he watched his Panthers defeat Brookside 23-25, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-12.

Maryssa Kellick dominated the net for the Panthers, hammering home a team-high 14 kills and recording 10 blocks (six solo). Freshman outside hitter Jessie Lee had 13 kills for the Panthers while adding 11 digs.

Brookside grabbed the first game before EC could settle in.

“We played hard and everyone was kind of rusty coming out of the gate,” Elyria Catholic coach Jennifer Lee said.

“We were able to settle down after that first game. We have a couple of freshmen and some sophomores and they were able to calm down after they got a game under their belts.”

Kellick wanted to set a different tone after the close loss in the first game.

“My first job is to make sure my teammates don’t suffer from any mistakes I might make,” she said. “There is a lot of responsibility in being a middle hitter because you set the tone, and you have to make sure you take care of your responsibilities so the rest of the team doesn’t get burnt.

“Once I started doing my job everything fell into place, and it was just about timing. I started making sure I read my setters well and it came together.”

Junior Allie Kaminski was a difference-maker after the first game as well. The Panthers struggled with the serve in the first, but Kaminski took control when she owned the serve. The Panthers scored 10 points off her serve in the middle two games.

Kaminski ended the match with a team-high 16 points and tied Kristin Baker for the match lead with three aces. Kaminski added 10 assists.

Brookside coach Karlee Bruck was not disappointed with what she saw from her young Cardinals. Holley, her middle hitter, had a match-high 17 kills while sophomore setter Natalee Halkiadakis had 32 assists.

“I thought we fought hard,” Bruck said. “Going up against a good team like EC we knew was going to be a struggle and I told the girls in practice that we were going to be here for a long time tonight. I told them they had to dig deep and fight for every point because nothing was going to come easy.”

Bruck actually found herself enjoying the battle at the net between Holley and Kellick.

“She’s fantastic, was someone we definitely prepared for,” Bruck said of Kellick.

“Overall they have a very strong team and I thought it was an equal matchup. They have some big players in the front row, so do we, and I was excited to see them go head-to-
head.

“It was fun to watch Tyller and Kellick at the net … they had a great battle.”

Kellick said she drew on experience in playing with Holley in offseason competition.

“I play in the summer with Tyller Holley and Lisa Campo,” she said. “I don’t want to say I was cheating, but I know where they like to hit the ball. I focused on that and made sure I followed Tyller wherever she went so I was there to time the block.”

Kellick also wanted to make sure Jessie Lee, making her varsity debut, got the attention she deserved. Lee had 11 digs and five blocks (three solo) to go with her 13 kills.

“She’s amazing,” Kellick said of the freshman. “She was practicing with us when she was in eighth grade and we wanted her to play with us last year. She’s only going to get better from here, and she’s already a great player. She plays like a veteran … she knows what’s going on on the court all the time, and she’s also a great leader when it comes to energy.”

Contact Mike Perry at 329-7135 or macsportstalk@gmail.com.

  • Tony Tahan

    The game was fun to watch. Marissa # 23 from EC is the best athlete in this area.

    Tyler Holey held her own all night long.

    The most fun was the student body for both schools, I am very Jealous..

    • DustinC

      shutup Tahan!

      • 84 4ever

        Ditto!!! Are you kidding me with the volleyball talent we have in this area??!!

        • Tony Tahan

          I know all the volleyball players in Lorain county,
          Amherst, Avon Lake, Avon, Elyria, Lorain etc.
          Marissa is the best athlete, period.

          As a 16, this kid went to Nationals in Dallas last JO season, with an 18s team…
          name one better player..
          and don’t be rude.

      • Tony Tahan

        who are you?

        • DustinC

          Of course she is… and she plays JO at your Kaepa Spirit club coincidentally. Point made is not against the young lady (she’s a good player), it’s against you. Just coach and quit making broad comparisons about your Club players and how great they are. Spirit is not considered a Tier 1 club, not in this area or regionally for that matter and that 18s team probably didn’t qualify in OPEN division where the Big Girls play. My guess was Club or American at best. Does it matter who I am if I’m factual? – EC Fan

          • Tony Tahan

            Factual, you must be one of these rude annoying dads that yell randomly from the stands about things you
            know nothing about and everyone hates you.

            There is no such thing as 18 American

            Not that I need to explain anything to you, to qualify for Nationals, our 18 Regional team defeated both CVC 18
            National teams, there goes your theory of who’s Tier 1 clubs in the area,
            And all the girls received scholarships to play college ball.

            No matter what you write, I will not respond to ignorance and hate.

            Have a nice day

          • DustinC

            ….and your Regional 18s team qualified in the American Division, which is the LOWEST of 4 Divisions offered in the GJNC 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Let this “know-nothing” break it down for you coach: OPEN DIVISION is the premiere level, then NATIONAL, USA -or Regional level and then AMERICAN where your team qualified. Most likely qualifying by “trickle down” bid- meaning all other teams finishing better than your team at a respective qualifier already secured their bids. More to the point- Spirit 18 RED finished 45th place out of 48 teams. So in the lowest Division, your team went 3-9 on the week and finished in the bottom of the LOWEST category in a National EVENT. –Anybody with the internet can double check facts! Please, shhhhhhsh already.. you’re embarrassing yourself.

          • Tony Tahan

            you have a lot of anger and hate bottled inside of you
            why is it so important for you to say negative things about young ladies you do not even know regardless of where they play
            I promised not to answer any of your hate comments
            I am glad I don’t know you
            In God’s Grace…

            TONY TAHAN
            DIRECTOR SPIRIT VOLLEYBALL CLUB
            HEAD COACH COLUMBIA HS
            984 SALEM AVE
            ELYRIA OH 44035
            ELYRIA OH 44035
            C-440 -371-3769
            F-440-366-5012
            http://WWW.SPIRITVBC.COM
            SPIRITVBC@WINDSTREAM.NET
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            DustinC
            ….and your Regional 18s team qualified in the American Division, which is the LOWEST of 4 Divisions offered in the GJNC 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Let this “know-nothing” break it down for you coach: OPEN DIVISION is the premiere level, then NATIONAL, USA -or Regional level and then AMERICAN where your team qualified. Most likely qualifying by “trickle down” bid- meaning all other teams finishing better than your team at a respective qualifier already secured their bids. More to the point- Spirit 18 RED finished 45th place out of 48 teams. So in the lowest Division, your team went 3-9 on the week and finished in the bottom of the LOWEST category in a National EVENT. –Anybody with the internet can double check facts! Please, shhhhhhsh already.. you’re embarrassing yo urself.
            9:13 a.m., Thursday Aug. 29

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          • Bill

            You are doing a disservice to all that are really EC fans. You are a embarrassment and Tony is probably correct in that you probably sit up in the stands and yell and scream.