April 20, 2014

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High school volleyball: Midview’s Meghan Higley gets traded, brings home only win for area players at district all-star event

Firelands High School's Paige O'Connell hits the ball over the net toward CVCA High School's Morgan Lowenkamp. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Firelands High School’s Paige O’Connell hits the ball over the net toward CVCA High School’s Morgan Lowenkamp. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — All-Star nights are unique and Friday’s District 3 volleyball get-together at Elyria High School was no exception.

After all, how often do you see a player get traded in volleyball?

In high school volleyball?

But Midview’s Meghan Higley was traded from her South team to the Southeast team for three players before the start of the second match.

The move was actually more about helping out a team that only had one setter, but for Higley it was a move that made her the only area girl to get a win as her Southeast team knocked off the South 26-24, 25-18, 25-23.

“I had no idea I was so valuable,” Higley joked about the three-for-one trade. “Their team needed a setter and it was a lot of fun putting the ball up there for them. We had some tall girls and they just put their hand up there and put the ball down.”

A majority of the assists earned Friday came through Hudson’s Krissy Mummey and Stow’s Madison Baer as they combined for 21 kills and four block-kills. Baer was selected MVP of the second match with 11 kills and a pair of block-kills.

Higley not only played well running the offense, she led her team with 11 service points.

Had Elyria’s Alexis Middlebrooks been on the winning team she would have given Baer a run for her money for the MVP award after nailing nine kills and a block-kill in her last action on the volleyball court she’s called home for four years.

“It’s always great to be able to represent for your school and to be able to do it on your home floor,” said Middlebrooks, a Cleveland State recruit.

In the opening match, the West team, comprised of all area athletes, took on an East team made up of players from Firestone, Ellet, Elms, Walsh, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Woodridge, Hoban and CVCA.

The locals from Firelands, Brookside, Vermilion, Avon Lake, Amherst, Keystone, Clearview and Black River came up on the short end, falling 25-20, 26-24, 25-22.

The West, with a setter-heavy team that had four setters on the floor at the same time, was definitely at a height-disadvantage.

“It was so much fun getting up there to hit the ball,” said Vermilion’s Syndey Virgin, who had a pair of kills. “Those girls up front are all 6-foot and I’m only 5-4 up there trying to hit the ball. It was a great challenge being able to go out and play different positions. It was definitely a fun night all-around.”

Firelands’ Paige O’Connell led the way for the West with six kills and two block-kills.

“There was a lot of talent out there, but the best part was getting to know some of the girls from out of the county,” O’Connell said. “Win or lose, it was a lot of fun playing one more time.”

Contact James Brady at 329-7135 or jbrady_ct@yahoo.com.

East 25-26-25, West 20-24-22

KILLS: (East) Morgan Lowenkamp (CVCA) 11, Sara Davis (Firestone) 11, Lindsay Chafe (Ellet) 9, Kyra Coundourides (Walsh) 5, Kiley May (SVSM) 4, Mellissa Metz Elms) 4, Lindsie Thursby (Woodridge) 2, Madison Frericks (SVSM) 1. (West) Katie Milahik (Avon Lake) 7, Paige O’Connell (Firelands) 6, Casey Morrissette (Firelands) 5, Emily Peters (Keystone) 4, Riley Schenk (Amherst) 2, Syndey Virgin (Vermilion) 2, Sarah Ernst (Clearview) 1
BLOCK-KILLS: (East) Lowenkamp 2, Davis 2. (West) O’Connell 2, Mihalik 1.
SERVICE POINTS: (East) Rasha Bedingfield (Ellet) 7, Coundourides 6, Chafe 4, Davis 4, Thursby 4, Becca Russell (CVCA) 2, May 1, Metz 1, Marrianne Dannemiller (Hoban) 1. (West) Emily Cartwright (Black River) 6, Mihalik 6, Lauren Bakaitis (Avon Lake) 4, Schenk 2, Peters 2, O’Connell 1, Morgan Brinkman (Brookside) 1.

Southeast 26-25-25, South 24-18-23

KILLS: (Southeast) Madison Baer (Stow) 11, Krissy Mummey (Hudson) 10, Paige Saunders (Streetsboro) 7, Celia Christofoli (Hudson) 3, Taylor Hillier (Streetsboro) 2. (South) Alexis Middlebrooks (Elyria) 9, Cortnee Bowser (Kent Roosevelt 7, Meredith Ruetty (Revere) 3, Kym Emerick (Norton) 3, Megan Hawke (Columbia) 1, Paige Tanzer (Highland) 1, Ksenia Klue (Medina) 1, Emily Viccarone (Columbia) 1.
BLOCK-KILLS: (Southeast) Mummey 2, Baer 2. (South) Bowser 2, Ruetty 2, Middlebrooks 1.
SERVICE POINTS: (Southeast) Meghan Higley (Midview) 11, Mummey 9, Hannah Petelin (Field) 4, Sydney Trathen (Stow) 4, Hillier 4, Baer 3, Christofoli 1. (South) Karly Helmuth (Tallmadge) 17, Jessie Lindemeyer (Cloverleaf) 5, Hawke 4, Tanzer 2, Viccarone 1, Emerick 1.