Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Orange rallies for win over Bedford

Orange got off to a slow start against visiting Bedford on Saturday but the Lions rallied from a first set loss to beat the Bearcats, 3-1.

The Lions won the match 20-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-19.

“Our team started slowly in the first set today but certainly brought so much energy in the next three sets to bring home the win,” said Orange coach Jen Gold. “We noticed so many players diving for the ball today, which showed so much heart and effort. We have been working on aggressive serves in practice which paid off today with our 13 ace serves.”

With the match tied at 1-1, senior Katie Hoover began the third set with nine straight service points and the Lions rode that momentum to the four-set win. Hoover, who collected four aces in the match, closed the set with five straight service points.

Senior Maria Burdjalov finished with 20 kills and senior Haley Shedden recorded a team-high 30 assists. Senior Morgan Chernikoff finished with six digs and senior Carly Stark pitched in with five digs and three aces.

“We loved the communication and heart that our girls played with today,” Gold said. “I am so proud of their teamwork and positive attitudes.”

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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