Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Hornets end season in district semifinals

LEAVITTSBURG—Kirtland’s playoff run ended on Monday with a 3-0 loss to Newton Falls in the Division III district semifinals at LaBrae.

The top-seeded Tigers beat the fifth-seeded Hornets, 25-12, 25-17, 25-20.

“It was a bittersweet end to the season,” said Kirtland coach Bob Schenosky. “It’s great to go three matches in the playoffs, but it’s always tough to lose, especially for the seniors.”

Kirtland, which closed out the 2015 season with a 15-10 record, beat Conneaut, 3-0, in a sectional semifinal then knocked off Grand Valley, 3-2, to win the sectional title.

Their run came to an end against the undefeated Tigers.

“They played hard against a good team,” Schenosky said. “I’m proud of each and every one of them. It’s been a great run.”

Seniors Sam Bailey and Olivia Mancisio led the Hornets with seven kills each. Bailey also recorded four blocks and Mancisio had three. Jackie Clark added seven digs.



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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