North sweeps Mayfield

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North rebounded from its season-opening loss to rival South with a dominating 25-19, 25-16, 26-24 sweep of visiting Mayfield on Thursday.

The Rangers opened the match with intensity and maintained it throughout the match.

“We came out with the fire that I knew we had,” said North coach Samantha Muzic. “Our passing was phenomenal. Dhvani (Patel), Anna (Cook) and Jill (Borthwick) passed lights out in serve receive which allowed us to click. When our passing in on, everything else starts to fall into place.”

Correcting the mistakes they made in the loss to South on Tuesday led the Rangers to focus on their blocks. That extra work paid off.

“After South, blocking was our emphasis,” Muzic said. “Abby (Carter) and Olivia (Oostdyk) really stepped up on the right side to put us in a position to play tremendous defense around it.”

North cruised to a 2-0 lead then had to fight through some adversity in the third set to close out the match.

“We got in a slump in the beginning of game three,” Muzic said. “Mayfield served tough and did a really good job of placing the ball in the weak spots of our defense, but we were able to fight and push through those issues. It says a lot about a team’s work ethic to not only come back after a loss but also dig yourself out of a hole. I think all 15 of our varsity players are some of the hardest working girls I’ve gotten the chance to coach.”

Lindsey Mausser led the Rangers with 12 kills and also posted five blocks. Borthwick finished with six kills. Taylor Valaitis turned in 17 assists and Kayla Colton added 10. Patel led the team with 23 digs while Cook pitched in with 14.

The win was the first for Muzic.

“Getting my first varsity win at home was fantastic,” she said. “Our JV and freshmen teams help provide an atmosphere that allows our program to have such great energy. These girls work so hard every day that I’m so happy they were able to see the benefits of that hard work tonight.”

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