Wednesday, September 28

    Kirtland sweeps Perry in battle of top teams

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    Kirtland swept host Perry on Monday in a battle of the area’s top volleyball teams.

    The Hornets, who won the match 25-20, 25-12, 25-14, entered the contest ranked No. 6 in the News-Herald’s Top of the Crop while the Pirates were No. 7. Kirtland sits in first place in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division while Perry is at the top of the standings in the CVC Lake Division.

    “The key was to limit our errors and capitalize on our strengths,” said Kirtland coach Arlayna Newcomer. “We’re working on being consistent regardless of who we play. We’re getting closer to that with each game but still have some work to do.”

    Natalie Glowe led the Hornets with 15 kills while George DeJohn added seven kills and three blocks.

    Ava Golem posted a team-high 18 digs and three service aces, and Katie Reynolds contributed to the win with 26 assists.

    “Both Natalie and Georgia had a strong night offensively,” Newcomer said. “We’re being aggressive and changing things up, making it hard for other teams to anticipate our next move.”

    With the win, Kirtland improved to 6-0 while Perry dropped to 4-1. The Hornets host Cardinal on Tuesday.



    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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