MIDDLEFIELD–With a 3-2 win at Cardinal on Saturday, Kirtland’s volleyball team won the first Division III district championship in school history.
The third-seeded Hornets, who won a Division IV district title back in 2010, beat the second-seeded Huskies, 25-23, 15-25, 21-25, 25-18, 15-11.
After splitting the first two sets, Kirtland jumped out to a 13-6 in the third set but the Huskies rallied back to win the set, 25-21, despite losing senior libero Alaina Strever to an injury.
That forced the Hornets to battle back with their season on the line.
Kirtland won the fourth set and then took early control of the decisive fifth set. The Hornets, who improved to 17-6, led 11-5 before Cardinal pulled to within 13-11. Kirtland won the final two points to seal its historic win.
The Hornets advanced to Thursday’s regional semifinals at Barberton where they will play Chagrin Valley Conference rival Independence.