The Bay varsity volleyball team won the West Shore Conference for the third year in a row behind the play of their seniors. (L-R) Jenny Osborne, Rachel Vick, Claire Wilson, Amelia Strikler, Amy Urwin and Katie McFeeley. (Photo courtesy of Robert McFeeley)
By Ryan Kaczmarski
BAY is getting used to winning conference championships. For three years running, the volleyball team has captured the West Shore Conference crown.
It defeated a tough Elyria Catholic team, 25-19, 25-15 and 25-21, on Oct. 11, to secure the championship. The team is led by seniors Rachel Vick (who will play volleyball for Eastern Kentucky University), Claire Wilson, Katie McFeeley, Jenny Osborn and Amy Urwin. The team has a record of 18-3, and 10-1 in the WSC, going into the Division II district tournament.
“Hard work always pays off,” said Bay head coach Tony Tahan. “We have great senior leadership. Supporting each other and picking each other up was a major key (in this year’s championship).”
Bay has a first round bye in the LaGrange bracket and will play the winner of the game between Brookside (19-3) and FAIRVIEW on Thursday at Keystone High School. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m.
“Brookside has a college bound setter (Kadie Whitsel) and a seasoned head coach in Ted Whitsel,” Tahan said. “We played them earlier in the season and won in five sets.”
Brookside won the first two sets of that match, but Bay came back to win the next three for the victory.
“It should be fun to watch and coach,” Tahan said. “It will be good volleyball.”
ROCKY RIVER plays Clearview in the first round, also at Keystone.
MAGNIFICAT finished their regular season with a four set loss to Lake Catholic on Thursday night by the scores of 25-23, 27-25, 13-25 and 25-18. The Blue Streaks (17-5) play in the Strongsville bracket of the Division I district tournament. They have a bye in the first round and will play the winner of the Midpark versus Rhodes (Cleveland) game on Thursday at Strongsville High School at 6 p.m.
“Preseason is over, (now) our regular season starts. That’s how we’re looking at it,” said Magnificat head coach Mike Cannon. “What did we learn?
“We’re going to get in here and watch some film,” Cannon added. “We’re in a good place, we’re fine. We’ve been through this and seen all the toughest competition we could find.”
The Blue Streaks have powerhouses North Royalton, St. Joseph and Strongsville in their bracket.
In the Division I Grafton bracket, WESTLAKE has a first round bye and awaits the winner of the game between NORTH OLMSTED and Avon Lake. OLMSTED FALLS plays North Ridgeville in the first round. All games are played at Midview High School.