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    Rangers topple Chardon in five


    North left Chardon on Thursday with an exciting five-set win to remain undefeated in Western Reserve Conference play.

    The Rangers, who are 3-0 in the WRC, won the first set 25-22 then dropped the second, 21-25. They rebounded with a 25-16 victory in the third but fell 26-28 in the fourth. North won the match with a dominating 15-7 win in the fifth set.

    “Winning in five is definitely exciting,” said North coach Samantha Muzic. “Chardon is a great team so I’m proud of our girls for working together and working hard to push through the sets we lost and finish the entire match.”

    Chardon was on the verge of carrying all the momentum into the fifth set but the Rangers rallied back from a large deficit before falling by two points.

    “We were down a good amount in set four and we pushed to come back to make it 26-28,” Muzic said. “After that, I knew we had the momentum and our girls were ready for game five. To walk away tonight 3-0 in our tough conference is a great accomplishment for these girls.”

    Taylor Valaitis recorded a team-high 35 assists while Kayla Colton added 20. Lindsey Mausser posted a team-best 30 kills while Jill Borthwick and Grace Schaefer both finished with 11 and Julia Kerns pitched in with seven.

    “We were a little up and down between sets but overall I saw some amazing effort out of everyone today,” Muzic said. “We’ve had an emphasis over the last couple of practices to work on our setter/ hitter connections. It paid off tonight. Lindsey was a huge part of our offense with 30 kills and Grace was amazing today as well. Overall, all of our hitters got better and our setter did a great job of feeding our hitters.”

    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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