KIRTLAND—Kirtland coach Bob Schenosky celebrated Senior Night by starting all six of his 12th graders in Tuesday’s Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division showdown with visiting Harvey.
That group responded with a 25-21 win in the first set and the Hornets went on to seep the Red Raiders, 3-1. Kirtland won the second set, 25-23 and the third, 25-17.
“It was great,” Schenosky said. “The first game we played our seniors all the way through and halfway through the second. They did a great job. They were out there hustling.”
Kirtland improved to 7-6 overall while Harvey dropped to 4-7.
“I give credit to Harvey,” Schenosky said. “They’re getting better every year and I think they reflect their coach with the excitement, the enthusiasm and hustle. They were picking up some of our tough hits. I thought they did a nice job.”
Schenosky altered his lineup and used a 6-2 formation to allow for two setters to be on the court at the same time.
Senior Emily Nerderman led the Hornets with 25 assists and also added five kills. Senior Kara Aquila also distributed the ball to the Kirtland hitters.
“Kara came in and did a nice job,” Schenosky said. “Emily also did a terrific job setting.”
Aquila had eight assists, five digs and seven kills.
Katherine Skrbis led the Hornets with nine kills and Krista Robejsek had five.
“Overall, these seniors just hustled,” Schenosky said. “Michaela Mekker, who hasn't played a tremendous amount this year, came in and played great. Alex Davidson had some great kills today. I thought she did a great job. Some of our regulars came in and Katherine Skrbis put the ball down almost constantly when she got her hands on it. I was teasing over there, I said I never thought I’d say this in my career, but the kill of the day was Lauren Snyder. She put it down against a double block and came straight down the front.”
Elise Frazee contributed with 12 digs for the Hornets.
Kirtland hosts North on Wednesday.