Chesterland OH- On Saturday morning the Cardinal Huskies, West Geauga Wolverines and the Garfield Lady G-Men all competed in a tri-match to open their season. It was a repeat of last year's opener.
Game 1: Huskies v. Wolverines
The Huskies jumped out firing against the Wolverines, but West G battled back and with the score tied at 5 a piece Ella Grill's spike put them in front.
West G would go on a 10-6 run to give breathing room before the Huskies stormed back. As both teams went back and forth a big momentum spike from Ella Grill once again put the Wolverines back on top.
The Huskies would go on to win the first set 25-21. Set two was dominated by West Geauga. The Wolverines won 25-16 to even it the series up at 1. As we head into set three, both teams had battled back and forth throughout the first two. The third was no different. Despite taking a big lead early, the Huskies fought tooth and nail to work their way back into it. Anna Grill’s serve sailed over the net to the Huskies. Morgan Csontos bumped it to Morgan Soltis for the set and Carissa Loucks bump hit the net dropping to the floor giving West Geauga the win.
The final being 27-25.
Game 2: Lady G-Men v. Huskies
Cardinal dropped the first set to Garfield. The Huskies dueled with the Lady G-Men throughout the entirety of set two. Garfield scored first and eventually found themselves up 16-8 and looking to pull away. The Huskies turned it around going on a huge 11-3 to tie it up at 19. The two teams continued to trade blows before the referees blew a play dead rewarding Garfield with a point sealing the deal as the Lady G-Men swept the Huskies. 26-24 the final.
Game 3: Garfield v. West Geauga
The final match of the tri-meet was between the host Wolverines and the visiting Lady G-Men. Both teams collected wins in their season openers against the Huskies. Garfield had a 2-1 lead before a big spike from Mandy Cardinal boomed life into the G-Men.
A run from the Wolverines forced a timeout from Garfield coach Ali Roach as West G brought the score to 8-6. Both teams continued to duke it out until finally the G-Men slammed the door on set one with a 25-19 victory. Garfield was looking for a sweep of both Cardinal and West Geauga. Kayla Herbst opened the second set with authority, her spike put the Wolverines on top first.
Before Garfield knew it they were down 4-0 and needed to score. Lily Shay would come through with a tap over the net forcing a bad hit for the Wolverines that said out of play. Both teams put runs together, and with the score tied at 18 a piece, Garfield called timeout to talk things over. A 7-2 G-Men run sealed the deal, capping off the second set with a final of 25-20.
Garfield sweeps the day and improves to 2-0 on the year. West Geauga will finish the day 1-1 as Cardinal drops to 0-2.
Garfield will venture to face Mogadore next. Cardinal hosts LaBare and West Geauga travels to Aurora.