EATON TWP. — It took Midview all of last season to get three wins.
This season, it took a week.
The Middies closed the first week of the season Saturday with a convincing 25-20, 25-17, 25-16 non-conference win over Elyria Catholic.
It was their third straight win and raised their record to 3-1.
“I think as a team we put it all together this week,” senior setter Gretchen Hack said. “We’ve all been there for each other through all of our ups and downs. Elyria Catholic gave us a tough time, but we were able to adjust and pull together for the win.”
Hack was right in the middle of everything for the Middies with 25 assists, three blocks, six digs, four kills and 11 service points, including a pair of aces.
“She does not get down on herself, she goes to the next play and is ready to go,” Middies coach Deb Tomasheski said of Hack. “She doesn’t take mistakes with her. If you take it with you, you can bring down the team. That just doesn’t happen with Gretchen.”
Hack’s work moving the ball around kept the Panthers off-balance. EC did a good job slowing down junior Lindsey Frambach, holding her to five kills after she had a 25-kill night against North Ridgeville on Thursday.
While Elyria Catholic (1-1) was slowing down Frambach, the Middies’ Alyssa Knipper, Rachel Spayd and Mackenzie Cline were causing problems for the Panthers. Knipper had 10 kills and Spayd and Cline had four each.
“I feel the whole atmosphere of the team has changed and it’s a great feeling to get off on the right foot this year,” Spayd said. “We’ve all been pushing ourselves to help each other and make everyone better.”
Spayd helped the Middies pull away in the first set, picking up four kills in the first 14 points and adding a pair of tips late.
The Middies took control early in the third set, running out to an 18-7 lead as Knipper picked up five kills to go with aces from Emily Lockhart and Hack.
Elyria Catholic had its best stretch in the first half of the third set with the score tied at 12 thanks to a pair of kills by Grace Shuckman and Julia Krauth. Shuckman also added a block-kill in the early run.
After a Panthers hitting error, the Middies finished the set with a 13-4 run with eight of the points coming on EC unforced errors. Hack and Spayd helped put the set and match away with four service points each.
“Midview serves well and has a lot of options in their offense,” Panthers coach Barb Schuckman said. “They’re a fast offense and we’re just not used to seeing an offense that fast, so it takes a long time to get used to it.
“The girls played well, but we have to fix our energy. We were dragging a little bit. No matter what we did, they (Midview) seemed to have an answer for everything.”
Midview 25-25-25, Elyria Catholic 20-17-16
KILLS: (EC) Julia Allegretto 7, Grace Shuckman 5, Emily Garapic 4; (M) Alyssa Knipper 10, Mackenzie Cline 6, Lindsey Frambach 5
ASSISTS: (EC) Natalie Ristic 12, Mya Haliburton 10; (M) Gretchen Hack 25
DIGS: (EC) Lucy Kinser 15, Shuckman 11; (M) Emily Lockhart 15, Frambach 15, Knipper 9
ACES: (EC) Allegretto 1, Ristic 1, Emily Garapic 1; (M) Lockhart 2, Cline 2, Hack 2
BLOCK-KILLS: (EC) Kaitlyn Porter 2; (M) Spayd 5, Hack 3