Kirtland opened Thursday’s Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division showdown at Cuyahoga Heights with a 26-24 win. The Hornets were more effective in the next two sets as they earned the sweep with 25-17 and 25-16 wins.
“I thought we played better as the night went on,” said Kirtland coach Bob Schenosky. “Our defense did a nice job picking up tips and serve receive on some tough serves from Heights. Overall, I believe we are continuing to build and progress on defense and especially our offense with another solid night from our setters, Erin Koschik and Abby Ruckel.”
The Hornets received a boost in the second and third sets from Katherine Skrbis, who finished the match with nine kills. Stella DeJohn also finished with nine kills in 15 tries and Lilly Kelemen closed out the match with six kills.
“We had Skrbis in sets two and three,” Schenosky said. “Our freshman middle, Stella DeJohn, was almost unstoppable in the middle hitting at 75-percent. Senior Lilly Kelemen had another good night in the middle and our libero, Nicole Aveni, stepped in and played strong side for us in game one and started the night out with a kill on her first attempt.”
Laura Koschik contributed to the win with 12 digs and six kills.
The Hornets improved to 5-5 overall and 4-4 in league play.