Monday, June 17

    Kirtland clinches share of fourth straight CVC title

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    Kirtland traveled to Orwell and defeated Grand Valley 3-0 to earn a share of a fourth straight conference title.

    The Hornets, short two starters, dropped a four-set match to Berkshire on Sept. 28, but rallied for five straight wins, including four in conference play, to split the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division title with the Badgers.

    “They were fighting,” said Kirtland coach Ricky Sanders. “The girls wanted to turn it around and they were a little disappointed in the loss to Berkshire on the second go around even though we didn’t have two starters. They wanted to come back and represent Kirtland.”

    Kirtland closed out league play with a 9-1 record and won 28 of 33 sets played.

    “They were hoping they could win it outright,” Sanders said of the league title. “We were hoping some other teams would maybe give Berkshire a challenge, but we’re proud to be in this situation and it’s cool we were able to share it.”

    Kirtland beat Grand Valley 25-20, 25-7, 25-12.

    Nina Loncar continued to dominate at the net as she finished with 13 kills and now has 251 kills in just 64 sets played. Isabella Schulz added six kills and Keely Young and Nora Withrow both pitched in with five.

    Alexis Schaffer and Sophia Wojnar both recorded three aces and Young added five blocks. Wojnar led the Hornets with 13 digs, and Schaffer led the team with 20 assists and Katie Reynolds finished with 11.

    “Nina Loncar and my setters Katie Reynolds and Alexis Schaffer have been connecting very well these past few games,” Sanders said.

    Kirtland, who improved to 13-7 on the year, closes out the regular season at Lutheran West on Saturday.

    The Hornets then play Warren Champion in a sectional semifinal on Wednesday. The winner plays Berkshire.

    “The girls were looking forward to trying to get another rematch against Berkshire,” Sanders said. “If we handle our business in the first round, we’re lined up to play Berkshire again.”


    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, 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, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the 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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