COLUMBIA STATION — After sweeping Elyria Catholic on Thursday in a highly emotional match, Midview’s Jen Shouse didn’t really know what to expect of her Middies at Saturday’s tri-match at Columbia that featured the Middies, Lorain and the host Raiders.
Midview won both its matches, edging Columbia in three very competitive games — 23-25, 25-22, 25-20 — before sweeping Lorain — 25-17, 26-24. Columbia bounced back by beating Lorain in three games — 25-17, 22-25, 25-8.
“I would wrap up (Saturday) by saying we were unprepared,” Shouse said. “Columbia did a really good job against us defensively and I think the girls just weren’t really prepared to battle it out this morning. Coming off that emotional high (from Thursday), that may have played a role in how we played but I told the girls, ‘People are looking for us. They’re going to come at us and you have to be prepared.’”
“I think mentally we were prepared to just go through the motions,” said Cassie Haight, Midview’s leading hitter and server. “Once our momentum started kicking on, it was all or nothing. We kicked it in gear and that’s how we got our wins. Our game against EC, we were definitely a different team — the intensity and we definitely were pumped up. It wasn’t the same level of play for us.”
Haight had 16 kills against Columbia (3-1) and nine more against Lorain (2-4). She had three aces in each match. Ali Stanziano had 12 kills and 10 digs on the day. Liberio Alyssa Seljan had 13 digs against Columbia while setter Hannah Bell had 38 total assists.
Columbia took control of the first game of the day against Midview (4-2) before finally winning a game that had runs on both sides. The Middies scored the first four points before the Raiders won seven of the next eight. Columbia had leads of 13-8 and 15-10 before Midview rallied to grab a brief 18-17 lead. Three big plays by sophomore Rebecca Tacchite swung the momentum back to the Raiders. A block-kill by freshman Katlynn Krupinski finally gave Columbia the win.
Tacchite and her twin sister Rachel each played well, but Rebecca seemed to find open spots on the floor for some big kills.
“My liberio Nicole (Jenny) tells me where to put the ball,” she said.
When asked what it’s like to play with her twin, she said, “It’s totally different because I treat her different from my teammates because she’s my sister. I tend to yell at her a little more.”
Midview took the next two games and then swept Lorain although at no time did the Middies sustain their play. Game 2 against Columbia was tied at 22 before a couple Raiders violations and bad hits gave the game to Midview. In Game 3, it was tied at 19 before the Middies scored six of the final seven points.
“My outside hitter (Bailey Patauhas) got hurt,” Columbia coach Tony Tahan said. “She said somebody stepped on her foot, but I didn’t see that. She couldn’t jump anymore and she’s been doing great the past couple games. The match was ours to take.”
“We have a very young varsity team,” Lorain’s Lynne Rositano said. “There’s only two returning varsity players and one of them was a freshman last year. Almost our entire team, this is their first varsity experience. There have been ups and downs all season.”
That pretty much summed up Lorain’s day. The Titans stayed with Midview in both games but after closing to within 19-17 in the first game, Midview ran off the final six points for the win. In Game 2, a huge nine-point serving run by Marlena Guice gave the Titans a 23-20 lead only to see the Middies close with a 6-1 run to sweep the match. Midview led 19-10 at one point.
“We just tried to cruise through it,” Shouse said. “That’s not going to cut it.”
Against Columbia, in the first game, after trailing by as many as six points, Lorain pulled within 18-16 only to see the Raiders use a 7-1 run to grab the win. The Titans won the second game 25-22 fueled by serving runs of five and four points by Sarah Leighliter and Bailey Sand, but never were in the third game as Columbia jumped in front 8-2 at the outset on its way to a 25-8 win.
Senior Shelby Friedel was a one-girl wrecking crew in the clinching win. She scored five straight points on either blocks or straight kills to put the game out of reach at 16-7. Columbia finished the match scoring the final eight points with Friedel getting four more kills.
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