ELYRIA — The skies outside were cloudy but the stars were shining brilliantly Wednesday night at Elyria Catholic’s Coliseum in the annual Lorain County Volleyball Coaches Senior All-Star games.
Forty of the premier players in the county were divided up as evenly as possible into four squads that played two three-game matches.
Most of the players reflected their all-star status with outstanding volleys all night, especially in the second match between the East and West squads in which there were numerous electrifying returns, blocks and slams even though East won all three games, 25-16, 25-16 and 25-18.
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The North won the opener 24-27, 26-24 and 25-23.
In the opener, a pair of Vermilion seniors Andrea Dillon and Mallory Morris were the brightest stars. Dillon scored eight points and Morris seven.
“It was fun,” Dillon said, “a last chance to get out there and give it all we had.”
Not that there wasn’t a down side to the evening.
“It was sad because it was our last time playing volleyball together,” both said. “We’ve been playing together since seventh grade.”
Avon Lake’s Christine Bohan dominated the second match. She scored 12 points and also had the longest string of serving aces in both matches. In the first game, which the East won 25-16, she had four straight aces before fouling by stepping over the line.
Chosen between matches as Lorain County’s Miss Volleyball, Avon Lake’s Whitney Craigo also played well for the East squad.
Did she have any extra pressure in the match due to her Miss Volleyball presentation?
“Not really,” Craigo said. “I just went out and played the way I always do. Our team played with a lot of energy tonight.”
Bohan said just getting back on the court was somewhat difficult.
“It was tough playing tonight after two weeks off when our regular season ended,” she said. “But we had some good practices and really worked hard together.”
Wednesday’s opening match was the most competitive, at least by the score, although the second had more spectacular volleys.
The first game was tied 11 times before South won 27-24, getting the winning point on a block by Elyria High’s Kayla Young. The second game was tied three times until Keystone’s Sarah Hasel scored the winner on a slam. The final was tied nine times before Hasel scored on a tip and Open Door’s Brooke Camera got the 25th point on a slam.
The second match, while filled with exciting volleys, had only 14 ties in the three games.
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