North edges Berkshire in final home match

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EASTLAKE—With a new school opening next year, North’s volleyball team wanted to make the most of its final match on the old court.

The Rangers rallied to beat visiting Berkshire in a non-conference match on Saturday, 3-2.

“Berkshire is very good, they always are very good, so we knew they had weapons and we knew they were strong and were going to serve us strong,” said North coach Samantha Muzic. “I was really impressed with how our girls handled it.”

Berkshire got off to a fast start by winning the first set, 25-12, but the Rangers responded by winning the second set, 25-18.

The Badgers won the third, 25-20, and held match point in the fourth set before North battled back to win 26-24.

“We were down really bad in set one and we wouldn’t (have come back) early in the season. We would have sat back and let them take control,” Muzic said. “It shows a lot about all of them to get it together without me having to tell them. That was awesome to see.”

North scored the first seven points of the decisive fifth-set and went on to win 15-7.

Lindsey Mausser finished with 15 kills and Jill Borthwick added 10 and 17 digs. Julia Kerns and Kaitlyn Mastroianni both pitched in with five kills.

“All of our hitters contributed today,” Muzic said. “When everyone is able to contribute 100-percent and be a weapon, it makes my job easy and the setters have an easier time.”

The Rangers improved to 14-6 on the year.

They travel to Riverside on Tuesday for a Western Reserve Conference tournament semifinal against the top-seeded Beavers.

Riverside beat North on Sept. 26, 3-1, but the Rangers are playing with a lot of confidence and are ready for the rematch.

“(This win) shows that we can play with those types of teams,” Muzic said. “Berkshire has two big outsides–they have a middle and a right that can swing–just like Riverside does, so I think it shows them we can do this.”

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