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    The sluggish play from Beachwood’s 3-0 loss to Cuyahoga Heights on Tuesday carried over into Wednesday’s non-conference game against Western Reserve Academy

    Shaneice James had 10 kills

    The Bison shook off the slow start to win the match, 3-1.

    “We kind of started off like we ended (on Tuesday),” said Beachwood coach Sarah Schoenhagen. “They were just slow and weren’t talking to each other. They were getting frustrated and there was no communication. They were working hard but they weren’t playing smart. They got it together.”

    The Bison, who improved to 4-2 overall, won the first set 25-22 then dropped the second, 23-25.

    Schoenhagen and her staff switched from a 5-1 to a 6-2 formation to get more players into the game.

    “We mixed up some of the rotations and subbed a couple more players in,” Schoenhagen said. “Everyone got lots of playing time.”

    Beachwood switched back to the 5-1 for the final two sets and cruised to 25-12 and 25-14 wins to close out the match.

    “With our energy being down, we weren’t as effective as we’d hoped we would be,” Schoenhagen said.

    Three Bison players reached double figures in kills. Valisha Watkins led the way with 19, Allonda Watkins had 11 and Shaneice James contributed with 10.

    After coaching up her setters, Schoenhagen was pleased with the performance of her middle hitters.

    “Our setting has been inconsistent,” Schoenhagen said. “The middles with Allonda and Shaneice—Allonda only got two attempts against Cuyahoga Heights. That’s just not getting set a lot. I told the setters the middles needed more sets.”

    Getting the ball into the middle will help open up Beachwood’s attack.

    “That will help us tremendously,” Schoenhagen said. “We have strong outside hitters and a strong right side hitter. That will open it up for us. I don’t think our opponents respect our middles yet because we haven’t set the middles as much.”

    Allonda Watkins led the team with 14 digs and James posted a team-high nine blocks. Monica Colmenares led the Bison with 22 assists and Jaelyn Pounds pitched in with 16.
     

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, 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 IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com 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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