Saturday, March 25, 2023

Badgers rally for win over Red Devils

BURTON—Sometimes it’s hard to remember, but in volleyball, it’s not how you start but how you finish that matters.

Host Berkshire dropped the first set to visiting Crestwood then regrouped and won the next three to beat the Red Devils, 3-1.

“We picked up the energy after game one and started to play more as a team,” Berkshire coach Joni Prots said of the come-from-behind win. “We executed better after game one as well.”

Crestwood got off to a hot start in the first as they slowly pulled away from the Badgers for a 25-19 win.

Berkshire evened up the match with a 25-20 win in the second set then held off the Red Devils in th third, 28-26.

The Badgers, who improved to 6-2, closed out their win with a 25-21 victory in the fourth set.

Seniors Mollee Chapman and Delaney Tucek were instrumental in the win.

Chapman recorded a match-high 24 kills with 25 digs, six assists, six service points and two aces. Tucek closed out the night with a match-high 30 digs, 13 service points and a pair of aces.

“Mollee and Delaney are definitely the engine that makes this team run,” Prots said. “Their leadership and play on the court has been huge so far this year, but they need help in order for us to win.”

That help came from sophomores Maddy Triskett and Sierra Berman.

Triskett contributed with 28 assists, 16 digs, 13 service points and two aces and Berman added 10 points, nine digs, two kills and two aces.

“Maddy Triskett came up with some big serves in game three and Sierra Berman had some good swings and played good defense,” Prots said. “It really took the whole team tonight making plays for us to pull out this win.”

Elena Faldowski led Crestwood with 13 kills and 15 digs. Jynx Bretz added 10 points and seven kills and Samantha Toke finished the night with 10 points and three service aces.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, 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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