Wednesday, September 28

    North sweeps Perry in nonconference action

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    EASTLAKE—North’s offense was efficient and its defense protected its home court in a 3-0 sweep of visiting Perry in a nonconference match on Monday.

    The Rangers, who improved to 6-4 with their second straight win, won the match 25-19, 25-17, 25-15.

    “That was a high-emotion game too because we know a decent amount of players over there and we know the coach from a lot of girls playing club at Rock City and he coaches there,” said North coach Tamara Heller. “The emotions were high and in the past, when emotions were high, we have struggled but tonight we held our composure and played really good.”

    North opened the season with four straight wins and then suffered through a four-match skid before winning two straight.

    Heller and the Rangers regrouped after their fourth loss and have focused on their confidence and effort.

    “From a coaching standpoint, we were just trying to eliminate a lot of pressure,” Heller said. “We don’t really thrive in pressure situations yet, so I’m trying to relieve as much pressure as we can to just simply play volleyball and only worry about having fun with each other out there. Rather than worrying about so much of the Xs and Os, we’re trying to simplify things a little bit.”

    That approach paid off as Jaiden Anderson recorded 38 assists in dishing the ball around to her hitters.

    Madi Jablonski was a perfect 10-for-10 on kill attempts and also recorded four blocks and two service aces. Shaena Brooks added 10 kills and eight digs, Cami Welty contributed with seven kills, and Ashleigh Mayne finished the match with six kills.

    Anderson also recorded seven digs, two kills, two blocks, and two aces.

    Samantha Cantrell posted a team-high 17 digs with two aces and Grace Birch added 11 digs in the win.

    “This was a team win for us,” Heller said. “Offensively, we did well but on defense, we were scrappy. I think a lot of that starts with Sam. She’s such a safe-haven person for us. If the ball goes there, I’m almost already looking to the next play because I feel so secure with her back there.”

    The Rangers have regained their confidence and they’ll need it as they jump right back into league play with a match against Riverside on Tuesday.

    “I think this did a lot for our confidence,” Heller said. “Riverside is going to be another high-emotion game because (Riverside coach) Jess (Marut) was with us last year as an assistant and the girls know her. I’m just hoping we keep our composure.”



    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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