EATON TWP. — Second-year Midview coach Debbie Borsz knew before the season that a West Shore Conference title was within reach for her Middies. She even felt confident enough to let the team set the conference title as one of its goals.
Thursday night that preseason optimism turned into reality as the Middies downed North Ridgeville 25-20, 25-21 and 25-14 to earn a share of the league crown with Fairview.
The conference title is the first for the Middies (17-5 overall, 13-1 WSC) in since the WSC began three years ago. Midview’s last conference title came in the now defunct Lorain County conference, which the Middies won from 1999 through 2003.
“I don’t let any of my teams make goals that I don’t feel that are within reach,” Borsz said. “The girls knew that they would be good, but I don’t think at the beginning they knew how good they could be. Once they got by Fairview the second time, after losing the first time around, they fully realized it.”
Despite the conference title being on the line, Brosz stuck with her tradition of fielding a senior lineup on Senior Night. After Midview jumped to a 6-1 lead, North Ridgeville clawed back into it, eventually tying the score at 16. However, a 5-1 run gave the Middies control and an eventual 25-20 opening-game win.
“I was very pleased when the seniors won the first game,” Borsz said. “We had some girls in positions that they don’t normally play. There’s always a chance that something could go wrong when you have a group out there that doesn’t normally play together.
“My best setter, Hannah (Duran), and my best hitter, Jacki (Street), are both juniors so they weren’t out there. I thought that the seniors did a real good job out there tonight getting us started out on the right foot.”
Midview controlled the second game early, surging to a 12-3 lead. As in the first game, the Rangers came back, pulling within 24-21 before the Middies won the final point.
In the third and final game, North Ridgeville led 10-8 before Midview went on a 17-4 run to close out the match and start the celebration.
“This is everything that we dreamed of doing,” said Midview senior Sarah DuBois, who had five kills against the Rangers. “Winning conference was one of our goals and to win it as a senior is pretty special.”
Fellow senior Lauren Gauvreau agreed.
“We’ve been making small strides each year,” Gauvreau said. “This was the year that everything came together. We’ve put in a lot of hard work to get to this point and it feels great.”
Duran led Midview with 32 assistse. She was a perfect 19 for 19 in serves with three aces. Street finished the night with 10 kills while Kelsey Voit finished with five kills and six blocks.
The loss ended an up-and-down regular season for North Ridgeville.
“It wasn’t our best effort,” Rangers coach Anne Kent said. “On the plus side, we finished with our best record at 10-12 (4-10 WSC) in my three years here so we have something to build on.”
North Ridgeville was led by Jamie Frindt, who had 27 digs. Cory Rechnor had nine assists, Hannah Sedar had five kills and Molly Ciryak had six total blocks.
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