Kirtland opened Monday’s Chagrin Valley Conference showdown at Cuyahoga Heights with a 25-18 win in the first set then lost focus as the Redskins tied the match with a 25-22 win the second.
The Hornets regrouped and won the final two sets, 25-11, 25-17, to pull out a 3-1 win.
“I’m really proud of the way our team played tonight,” said senior Krista Robejsek. “We had a few games where we lost focus but we were able to get back on track. We just have to keep up this momentum and continue to push ourselves to our full potential.”
Robejsek recorded eight kills, four blocks and eight service aces in the win.
“Our whole team worked hard to win and make sure we finished strong,” she said. “Our back row passing was on target to the setter, which led to success in the front row.”
Laura Koschik added eight kills on 10 attempts and Lily Kelemen pitched in with six kills and six blocks. Anna Shuppe contributed with seven kills and 16 assists for the Hornets.
“The team did a solid job with everyone contributing versus a much improved Cuyahoga Heights team, which played solid defense against our hitters tonight,” said Kirtland coach Bob Schenosky. “I was pleased with our effort and look forward to finishing out the week with strong outings against Richmond Heights and Hathaway Brown.”