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    Bailey, Hornets cruise past Spartans


    Sam Bailey scored 24 service points and pitched in with four kills and four blocks to lead Kirtland to a 3-0 sweep of Richmond Heights on Thursday.

    The Hornets won 25-17, 25-10, 25-17 to improve to 12-7 overall and 8-4 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division.

    “The team played well tonight,” said Kirtland coach Bob Schenosky. “Total team effort. Nothing hit the ground. I was proud of what they brought against a much improved Richmond Heights team.”

    Emily Nerderman contributed with 17 service points and 11 assists and Olivia Mancisio hammered home 12 kills and had eight blocks in the win.

    But, it was Bailey who sparked the Hornets.

    “Sam has emerged as a leader and all-around solid player,” Schenosky said. “She served aggressively and moved the ball around well. I'm proud to call her a team captain.”

    Bailey credited the rest of the Hornets for her success.

    “My teammates played some great defense to keep the serve on our side,” she said. “I have been working on getting my serve to drop more and it's nice being able to rely on my teammates to play great defense.”

    Kirtland travels to Brush on Saturday then closes out the regular season with a home game against Fairport Harding on Tuesday and a road game at Berkshire on Thursday.

    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. 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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