April 19, 2015


Sectional volleyball: Elyria topples top-seeded Amherst; Midview ousts Avon

Elyria's Mariah Johnson spikes the ball past the fingertips of Amherst's Alayna Johnston, left, and Megan Overmann. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — It was a wild night of volleyball Wednesday at Midview. The Division I sectional finals started with fifth-seeded Midview knocking fourth-seeded Avon out of the tournament for the second year in a row with a 21-25, 25-20, 25-27, 25-21, 15-13 win. Then things really got interesting. Seventh-seeded Elyria avenged last year’s district Read More…

Brookside, Vermilion win sectional volleyball openers

Vermillion's Rachel Van Curen spikes the ball over the net as Firelands' Dalaney Rogala defends. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

PARMA HTS. — A mini-Lorain County Division II volleyball tournament was held at Holy Name High School on Thursday night and when it was over, two of the county’s best were left standing to face each other in the sectional final. In the opening match, Brookside won its 20th game of the season by dispatching Read More…

Division I sectional volleyball: Midview survives five-set match with Avon Lake; Elyria, Westlake also advance

Midview's Kayla Payne hits over Avon Lake's Emma Coughlin during the Division I sectional opener on Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Opening night of the Division I volleyball sectional tournament at Midview High School provided a one-sided affair, a repeat winner and a match that turned into an instant classic. Elyria made quick work of North Ridgeville 25-12, 25-13, 25-8 in the opening match and Westlake won the final match of the night Read More…

Longtime Olmsted Falls volleyball coach Dawn Moses retiring

Olmsted Falls coach 
Dawn Moses is retiring after 19 seasons in which she led the Bulldogs 
to 367 wins, seven Sweet 16s, two Final Fours and a state title. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The end of this volleyball season marks the end of an era: Olmsted Falls coach Dawn Moses is retiring after 19 years on the job. Moses and her husband, Paul, the former Falls athletic director and current AD at Strongsville, have decided to move to Florida after putting in 30 years as teachers and administrators. Read More…

High school volleyball: Avon sweeps Midview to go undefeated in West Shore Conference

AVON — Go ahead and check “perfect conference record” off Avon’s list of team goals this season. The Eagles dominated Midview from the outset Wednesday in posting a 25-15, 25-16, 25-13 victory to finish the final West Shore Conference season with a 12-0 record. Avon and Midview will move to the Southwestern Conference next year Read More…

Volleyball: Olmsted Falls nets share of SWC

Olmsted Falls’ Lexi Lombardo looks for the kill as Amherst’s Brooke Wallace, center, and Symone Williams try to block her hit Tuesday night. The Bulldogs won in four sets. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OLMSTED TWP. — Amherst had the Southwestern Conference title within reach after winning Game 1 against Olmsted Falls and led 20-14 in the second set. As Comets coach Laurie Cogan put it, “that’s when the wheels came off the cart.” The Bulldogs — ranked No. 15 in Division I — found a way to pull Read More…

Lutheran West downs Clearview in five games to wrap up PAC Stripes Division volleyball title

Clearview's Erin Dunfee and Kelli Warren defend against a spike from Lutheran West's Jessica Gavlak. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — To be the champ, you have to beat the champ. That’s just what Lutheran West did Monday night with a thrilling 18-25, 25-10, 25-27, 25-21, 15-8 win over Clearview, last year’s Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division champion. The Longhorns clinched this year’s outright Stripes championship and now have a perfect conference record Read More…

Volleyball: Vermilion wins a pair

Vermilion junior Ashley Parker dives for a ball during the Sailors’ three-set win over Willard on Saturday morning.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

VERMILION — The Sailors seem to be peaking at just the right time. Vermilion opened its tri-match Saturday morning by taking on a tough Willard team — out of the Northern Ohio League — and beating the Crimson Flashes 25-16, 21-25, 25-21. The Sailors followed with a 25-12, 25-13 thrashing of Keystone to improve to Read More…

Volleyball: Brookside clinches share of Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title

Brookside's Mary Williams spikes the ball over the finger tips of Firelands' Dalaney Rogala, right, and Victoria Grasso. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD — Surprise … you just won a championship. Brookside volleyball coach Karlee Bruck didn’t want to put any additional pressure on her team by telling them that Tuesday’s match with Firelands was for a share of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship. The Cardinals responded behind a huge hitting night by Tyller Holley Read More…

Volleyball: Amherst humbled by No. 11 Perrysburg

Amherst’s Gabirle Basinski bumps the ball over the net during Saturday’s match
against Perrysburg in a battle of state-ranked Division I teams. Perrysburg swept. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Perrysburg showed Amherst that state rankings don’t always mean a lot. The Yellow Jackets, ranked 11th in the state in Division I by the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association, swept the seventh-ranked Comets on the Comets’ home court Saturday, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-10. “They beat us in every facet of the game,” Read More…