May 24, 2015


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…

High school volleyball: Lutheran West downs Brookside in clash of Patriot Athletic Conference leaders

Brookside's Melissa Eakins serves the ball in Tuesday's match against Lutheran West. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — When Lutheran West dropped the first game of Tuesday’s battle for Patriot Athletic Conference supremacy with Brookside, there was no panic. Not from the players and not from the coach. The next three games showed why as the Longhorns shook off that early disappointment and didn’t lose again, downing the Cardinals 23-25, Read More…

High school volleyball: Fast starts carry Vermilion past Elyria Catholic

Vermilion’s Kayla Lowe (23) hits a shot over Elyria Catholic’s
Robin Reichert during Thursday night’s West Shore Conference match at Vermilion. The Sailors won in four games.­ STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — There was no West Shore Conference championship on the line Thursday night, but you wouldn’t have known it after a wild celebration broke out following Vermilion’s 25-20, 27-25, 16-25, 25-20 win over Elyria Catholic. It was the final conference game between the teams with the WSC breaking up after this year and it Read More…

Volleyball: Maple Heights beats Lorain in battle for LEL lead

Lorain’s Raegan Osko hits the ball past Maple Heights’ Taylor Brown during the Titans’ loss to the Mustangs on Tuesday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — First place in the Lake Erie League left Lorain and headed east as Maple Heights used a strong game at the net and benefited by a ton of Titans unforced errors in winning 22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-23 to remain unbeaten in league play. Of the 97 points scored by Maple Heights on Tuesday Read More…

Volleyball: Oberlin’s win over Open Door ends two-year drought

Oberlin’s Aszure Chamberlin (8) and Baily Wilbanks defend at the net against Open Door’s Christa Mindling on Monday in Oberlin. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — It’s been two years and more than 30 straight losses on the volleyball court, but Oberlin found a way to end its long losing streak Monday night, sweeping Open Door, 25-19, 25-16, 26-24, to give Alayna Ruggles her first coaching victory. The Phoenix last won in 2012 after going 0-22 last year and starting this Read More…

Volleyball: Elyria’s fourth-place finish best showing by area team at Avon Invitational

Elyria’s Abigail Elek tips the ball past two Mayfield blockers in the first game of Saturday’s battle for third place at the Avon Invitational. The Pioneers lost a tough three-game match.  ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON — It was a tough day for the local teams at Avon’s seventh annual volleyball invitational Saturday. Elyria was the highest area finisher, taking fourth after falling 22-25, 34-32, 26-24 to Mayfield in the third-place game. Defending champion Avon knocked off Sandusky Perkins 23-25, 25-14, 25-21 in the fifth-place game and Westlake finished the Read More…