Friday, June 2, 2023

Beachwood overcomes slow start to knock off Cornerstone Christian

Through eight games of the 2014 season, Beachwood’s volleyball program under first year head coach Sarah Schoenhagen already has won more games than it did in all of 2013. Despite the success, the Bison still have room for improvement.

Jada Stevens had six service aces

The team lost its first set at Cornerstone Christian on Monday but rallied to win the next three to improve to 6-2 overall.

“To me, it was just the energy,” Schoenhagen said. “It’s not like the first game versus the last game, even stat-wise, there wasn’t a huge difference in stats between the games. It was the energy. Once they get the energy going they play well.”

Cornerstone opened the match with a 25-23 win in the first game. The Bison then took control of the match and won the next three sets, 25-20, 25-18, 25-8.

“That seems to be the story,” Schoenhagen said. “Me and coach Shaina (Bryan) tell them every single game it’s their energy. Even if you have to fake it a little bit and overdo the energy, that’s what it is. When they have a lot of positive energy and are cheering and encouraging each other they’re play level goes up. Even the first two games, they were working hard but like coach Shaina says, they weren’t playing smart.”

Junior Jada Stevens sparked the Bison with six service aces, a team-high nine digs and four kills.

“She played really well today,” Schoenhagen said. “She said she hasn’t felt like she played up to her standard this year. She’s starting to get into her groove and find herself again. She’s one of our best defensive players.”

Shaneice James led the team with six blocks and also recorded seven kills. Valisha Watkins had 10 kills and eight digs and Jaelyn Pounds posted a team-high 18 assists.

The Bison host Richmond Heights on Tuesday then travel to Independence on Thursday to play the Blue Devils, ranked No. 8 in the latest state volleyball poll.


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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