Thursday, August 18, 2022

Beachwood trips up Kirtland

Beachwood took early control of its Chagrin Valley Conference match at Kirtland on Tuesday then held off the Hornets in a 3-0 win.

The Bison won the first set 25-16 then closed out the match with identical 25-23 wins in the second and third sets.

“Beachwood came out with great energy in the first set,” said Beachwood coach Tiffany McFarland. “Kirtland started to get a little momentum and we started to make more errors. Our libero, Nicole (Petty), was great on defense. She was able to pass successfully in serve receive against Kirtland’s great servers.”

Erion Gibson led the Bison with four kills, five stuff blocks and two block assists. Damilola Aletor recorded eight service points, including a run in the third set to close out the match.

“We were down in the third set, 17-22,” McFarland said. “Her float serve allowed her to go on a run and finish the game. Junior Erion Gibson was great at the net.”

The Bison, who improved to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in league play, rallied together when they were down to complete the match.

“We have a great team but we like to play with our backs against the wall,” McFarland said. “They know how to rally together and put up a great performance.”

Beachwood travels to Cardinal on Thursday.

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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