Grand Valley holds off Cardinal

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BURTON—Cardinal spotted second-seeded Grand Valley nine points in the first set and six in the second as the Huskies saw their season come to an end in a 3-1 loss to the Mustangs on Wednesday in a Division III district semifinal at Berkshire High School.

Grand Valley won the first set, 25-13, and the second, 25-20, before the Huskies made it interesting. Cardinal won the third set, 25-23, but fell in the fourth, 25-16.

“I don’t know if we were nervous coming in, but we played them early in the season in a tri and we played them all summer long in our summer league, so I thought it was very evenly matched,” said Cardinal coach Karisca Chambers. “I just think we got ourselves into such a hole in the first and second games that we had to dig our way out. We struggled to do so because then our mental game goes away once our physical game starts to fall.”

After dropping the first two sets, the Huskies rallied together in an attempt to extend their season.

“When we talked in the huddle, I said, ‘This is it, if we’re not going out swinging and going all out then why are we here?’” Chambers said. “I think that really opened the girls’ eyes to this could be the last game of the season, why not give it everything they have. We started playing some good volleyball and we were attacking the ball. I think the girls did a nice job toward the end of fighting back. It just didn’t go our way tonight.”

Cardinal closed out its season with a 15-9 record.

Grand Valley defeated Cardinal

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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.