Monday, March 27, 2023

Wickliffe beats Kirtland in four

Wickliffe dropped the opening set of its Chagrin Valley Conference match at Kirtland on Tuesday then rallied to win the next three and the match, 3-1.

Kirtland won the first set, 25-23, but Wickliffe bounced back with 25-21, 25-14 and 28-26 wins in the next three to improve to 5-1 on the year.

“(Wickliffe) defeated a powerful hitting Kirtland team in four games,” said Wickliffe coach Danette Cullinane. “Both teams played great but Wickliffe adjusted to the Kirtland team’s offense and came out on top.”

The Hornets took control of the fourth set but Wickliffe made several key plays to turn momentum in its favor and finished off the match.

“The Lady Devils played catch up the whole fourth game but some impressive digs by junior libero Elizabeth Lesco and senior defensive specialist Nina DiCicco kept us in the game,” Cullinane said. “A few key saves and great serves brought Wickliffe the victory. This is a tough team that never quits.”

Lesco recorded 26 digs for Wickliffe while Bridget Burkett pitched in with two blocks and four kills. Emily Whittington finished with 15 assists and eight kills.

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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