Monday, January 30, 2023

Cardinal cruises to win over Cuyahoga Heights

Cardinal’s volleyball team had little trouble collecting its 10th win of the season. The Huskies cruised to a 3-0 sweep of visiting Cuyahoga Heights on Thursday, 25-13, 25-10, 25-10, to improve to 10-2 on the year.

“The girls came out ready to play,” said Cardinal coach Karsica Chambers. “When we got up to the school they were in a great mood. I could just tell that they seemed different today. Everyone had a smile on their face and they showed up ready to play. Even during the game they were having so much fun. This was the first time all season that I saw all of them collectively as a team not only playing together and working as a team, which they did, but they were having fun. That was nice to see.”

As always, the Huskies stuffed the stat sheet.

Maddie Bean led the team with 25 assists and also had three service aces and five digs. Jordyn Schultz contributed with seven kills and 15 digs, Haley Adams had three service aces and Megan Zeigler recorded 10 digs.

Caitlyn Lechene recorded a team-high 12 kills and also had nine digs.

“She has been so consistent this season,” Chambers said. “What’s nice about her is she comes out determined. Tonight, they put up a block and she hit around the block or through the block. Most of the time that she went up it was either a kill or a hard hit that threw their defense off and they ended up throwing up a free ball to us. She was on tonight.”

Kaylee Klepper also shined in her new position. She recorded three blocks and also posted three digs in limited action on the front row.

“I made a change in the lineup and she plays right side now instead of in the middle and she had three blocks herself, which is really nice, “Chambers said. “She seems to move better on the right side. She also played really good defense with three digs. She comes out a lot of the time, she only plays front row, so that was good. She played really good tonight.”

The Huskies return to action on Saturday when they travel to Chagrin Falls for a tournament. They open the event against Hathaway Brown and a victory could set up a non-conference rematch with rival Berkshire, who plays Woodridge in the first round.

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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