Thursday, October 6, 2022

Cardinal sweeps Cuyahoga Heights

Cardinal defeated host Cuyahoga Heights in three sets on Tuesday to maintain its hold on the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division.

With their 25-15, 25-19, 25-11 sweep of the Redskins, the Huskies improved to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in league play.

“It’s nice to keep moving forward throughout the season,” said Cardinal coach Karisca Chambers. “I think the girls are confident and play so well together.”

Ashley Gubanyar recorded 20 digs in the match.

She believes Cardinal’s win over rival and defending CVC champ Berkshire last week could lead to greater things this fall.

“Winning the Berkshire game definitely was a good start to our season,” Gubanyar said. “Since the first practice, we have made it our goal to improve every day. Our goal as a team is to win CVC and there is just a different atmosphere within the team this year that I really like. We all want to win and we all push ourselves to be the best we can be. Just because we have some wins under our belt doesn’t mean we can relax and take it easy. It is extremely important to show up to every practice and every game with the same attitude, no matter the team, each game is treated the same. I think that is one thing that keeps us on our toes. We don’t focus on certain games more than others; we come out with the same mindset and goal no matter who we’re playing.”

Gubanyar anchored a Huskies defense that kept the ball off the floor and gave Cardinal all the momentum it would need to seal the win.

“Being the libero is something that I work really hard at,” Gubanyar said. “I know it’s not an easy position and it is my goal to be the best that I can be every game. I try my best to not dwell on mistakes and to always focus on the next play. My goal each point is to not let anything touch the floor, I need to do my job in the back row in order for the front row to do theirs. I want to leave every game knowing I played the best that I can.”

Camille Cummins led the Huskies with 13 kills and also contributed with 13 digs. Faith Peters finished with 11 digs, four kills and two blocks while Kaylee Klepper pitched in with 10 kills and five digs.

Taylor Soltis added eight digs, Andrea Mack finished with two kills and Alaina Strever recorded nine digs in the win. Haley Domen contributed with 31 assists and five digs.

“Faith Peters had a great game,” Chambers said. “She was a consistent server and she played smart in the front row. Camille Cummins also was aggressive in the front row. Defensively we played well. The girls were moving and talking and cheering. It’s just so fun to watch them this season. I’m proud of their effort and the way we connect on the court. This is the year.”

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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