Monday, February 6, 2023

Huskies secure fourth straight CVC title

Cardinal’s volleyball team honored its three seniors on Thursday with a 3-0 sweep over Cuyahoga Heights that clinched a share of the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division title.

The Huskies cruised to dominating wins of 25-13, 25-11 and 25-9 to finish the regular season with 17-5 overall and 13-1 in league play.

“It was a good night for us,” said Cardinal coach Karisca Chambers. “We had a solid night and it was a good night for stats. All three seniors played phenomenal for their last home match of the season and we found our team chemistry again. Sharing the CVC title again this season is a huge accomplishment and we should be very proud. This is the fourth season in a row that Cardinal will have another year up on the banner and I know this was a big goal from day one for us.”

Cardinal shares the CVC title with rival Berkshire for the second straight season.

Senior Maddie Bean has been a part of all four CVC titles. She recorded four aces, five kills and 19 assists in her final home game.

“We wanted to leave it all out on the court,” Bean said. “It was the game to ensure whether we shared the title or not and we wanted it. It means a lot to me as a senior because I wouldn't have wanted to end my senior year any other way. Keeping the title all four years throughout my career was a big thing for me.”

Seniors Jordyn Schultz and Trisha Cesar also had strong games. Schultz pitched in with two aces, eight kills and five digs while Cesar hammered home three kills and dug seven balls.

Kaitlyn Shantery recorded a pair of aces, three kills and two blocks. Hanna Traggiai chipped in with 13 digs and two aces while Megan Zeigler had 13 digs and four aces. Kaylee Klepper recorded five kills and three aces and Faith Peters had two blocks in the win.

The Huskies drew a bye in the Division III Leavittsburg District. They’ll open the postseason on Wednesday against the winner of the Grand Valley-Warren Champion game at LaBrae High School.

“Post-season is right around the corner and we keep telling ourselves that we want to go to regionals,” Bean said. “Focusing in practice and working hard is what we need to do to accomplish that.”

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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