NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Lorain County’s top seniors were on display Tuesday night in all-star games at North Ridgeville High School.
It was an entertaining evening with competitive and exciting action and special honors presented, including the Miss Volleyball award that went to Avon’s Erin Gardner.
Both three-game matches were well-contested and played at a high level, with the West team winning the opener, 25-23, 25-16, 23-25, over the East.
The second match included Gardner and fellow Avon teammates on the South team, which lost to the North, 25-20, 25-20, 19-25.
It was a true team effort for the North, which displayed instant chemistry to win the first two games.
“It was just a really fun experience playing with all this talent from around Lorain County,” Columbia’s Sarah Robinson said.
The South battled early in both games but never led by more than two points.
Elyria’s Chelsey Farris closed the door for the North in the first game with a kill just over the net for the game-winning point.
“We played as a team, worked together and communicated before the play started,” Farris said. “We had fun with each other and did what we had to do.”
The South used a 6-0 run to pull away and pick up the win in the final game.
“It was very surprising to come out and have so much chemistry with girls I used to be enemies (on the court) with,” Amherst’s Sarah Wiegand said.
The first three-game match was similar to the second.
Firelands’s McKenna Turton set the tone for the West with six assists early and 13 total in the opening game. Her intensity and voice stood out the entire match as the feisty senior controlled the middle.
“We wanted to win and it was a lot of fun playing with all these girls,” Turton said. “It was crazy setting new hitters.”
After grinding it out in the opening game, the West won the second by a bigger margin, using an 8-0 run to extend an early 10-9 lead.
Midview’s Allison Patterson was a key contributor in the run, controlling the net and coming up with multiple blocks.
“It was weird but also kind of cool because you know what it’s like to play against these girls but not with them,” Patterson said. “We just wanted to go out with a bang.”
The East team rebounded to end the match with a win. After falling behind, the East rallied to take a 17-16 lead and never trailed again.
The game had eight lead changes before Fireland’s Brianna Bowyer and her East squad took control.
“We just used good communication since we haven’t really played together,” Bowyer said. “Winning the last game was very rewarding.”
Longtime Amherst coach Laurie Cogan was honored for recording 500 career wins.
Contact Paul Williams at 329-7135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.