Saturday, January 28, 2023

Red hot Huskies sink the Skippers

Cardinal’s volleyball team is on a bit of a hot streak.

The Huskies completed the first round of Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division play with a perfect 8-0 mark then finished second at the Chagrin Falls tournament on Saturday. Cardinal kicked off the second round of league play with a 3-0 win at Fairport Harding on Tuesday.

“I think that after how we played at the tournament we kind of have a renewed outlook on the talent that we have as a team and the endless possibilities there are for our program,” said Jordyn Schultz, who had 14 kills, four aces and 17 digs against the Skippers. “I don't think I could be more pleased with how we're playing because from now on, we're only going up.”

Cardinal won the match 25-11, 25-14, 25-12 to improve to 12-3 overall and 8-0 in the CVC.

Trisha Cesar contributed to the win with four kills and 11 digs.

She sees the Huskies gaining confidence every time they take the floor.

“I'm so proud of all the work that the girls have put in so far in the season,” Cesar said. “We earned the wins on Saturday. I think that's what fuels us the most. It's vital that we take the job well done and use it as a reminder for when things get tough in the future. It'll remind us of the potential we have as a team. I think day by day we get better on working as a team and figuring out what needs to be improved and changed. All the work that's done behind the scenes is so worth it when it pays off on games like the ones on Saturday.”

Maddie Bean led the Huskies with 26 assists and also dug 17 balls. Hanna Traggiai contributed with 11 digs, Kaitlyn Shantery had three aces and 11 digs, Faith Peters recorded two blocks and 10 digs and Kaylee Klepper pitched in with nine kills and three digs.

“I'm satisfied with how we all played,” Schultz said. “We played with a new rotation tonight because Megan (Zeigler) wasn't able to make it, so we had a few adjustments to make and we had to work out all of our obstacles while we played. Our hits were amazing tonight thanks to Maddie's sets and we kept our passes as neat and clean as we could. So overall I'm really proud of us and what we did tonight.”

The Huskies host Kirtland on Thursday.

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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