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Kirtland tops Harvey

Kirtland’s volleyball team learned a lot about itself after last week’s Chagrin Valley Conference loss at Cardinal.

The Hornets didn’t dwell on the setback and instead rebounded with a dominating 3-0 win over visiting Harvey on Tuesday improving their record to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in league play.

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“My team is well aware that every game matters, whether CVC or not,” said senior captain Elise Frazee. “We took a loss against Cardinal as motivation to come back to win our home opener. We also took this experience to recognize what we can do to improve for our season to come.”

Frazee led the squad with 13 service aces and eight digs.

Abby Ruckel pitched in with eight assists and two aces, Lilly Kelemen recorded six kills and three blocks and Lola DeJohn posted seven aces and three kills in the win.

As a senior and a team captain, Frazee did her best to shake off the loss to the Huskies to set the right example for her teammates moving on to the next game.

“Being a senior means more responsibility,” she said. “It means assuring the younger players to not dwell on a mistake or two. When I was pulled up to varsity as an underclassman, I was terrified to make mistakes, but it’s all part of the game. Sometimes I have to simply remind them of that, but my teammates know how to bounce back quickly, and I’m extremely proud of every one of them for that.”

Kirtland hosts Cuyahoga Heights on Thursday.

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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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