Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Badgers earn season sweep of Mustangs

ORWELL—Injuries have changed the look of Berkshire’s lineup but that didn’t slow down the Badgers in a 3-0 sweep of host Grand Valley on Tuesday.

Berkshire won the match, 25-13, 25-16, 25-16, to earn the season sweep of the Mustangs.

“We have some people playing news spots because we have a couple of injuries we’re working out but I thought in doing that that we did well,” said Berkshire coach Joni Prots. “No matter who we play, we still have to work on eliminating errors and scoring points for the other team. That’s something we always talk about but overall I thought they did well.”

The Badgers converted nearly 40-percent of their kill attempts, finishing the match with 36 kills.

Sophomore Maddie Smetana led the way with 16 kills while freshman Kirstin Shaffer and sophomore Hayley Stoddard contributed with seven and six, respectively.

“Hayley has been hitting from the outside and she’d not used to it and we had a freshman in the middle, so we had kids learning,” Prots said. “I thought they did well and everybody did their job.”

Smetana also led the Badgers with five service aces and senior Angie Romano posted a team-high 12 digs.

Sophomore Sammi Winter and junior Maddy Triskett combined for 26 assists. Winter led the way with 16.

“Our setters always make really good choices with what they’re doing,” Prots said. “They’re very consistent so the hitters know where the ball is going to be.”

With the win, Berkshire improved to 9-7 overall and 4-3 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division. Grand Valley dropped to 2-13, 0-7.

Berkshire travels to first place Kirtland on Thursday.

“They talked and moved well on the court tonight,” Prots said. “We have a big one on Thursday, so we’ll take any improvement.”

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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