By Ryan Kaczmarski
The Fairview volleyball program is in a stage of rebuilding with second year head coach Katie Schaefer.
The team is coming off a 2010 season where they finished with a record of 3-17.
“Our record doesn’t reflect the hard work my girls put in all season,” Schaefer said. “For me being a new coach, it was definitely a learning experience.”
This year the team has a record of 2-8 through Sept. 25.
“We have a lot of raw talent,” Schaefer said. “I am excited to help them grow as the season progresses.”
The team’s three returning varsity players are Rachel Anderson, Sandra Davis and Katie Gathman.
“Rachel is a very consistent player,” Schaefer said. “Senior right side hitter Sandra Davis is our voice on the team and Katie (Gathman) is definitely one of the hardest workers on the team. She (Gathman) really pushes herself in the off season and during the season.”
The team has six new varsity players this year, starting with senior right side hitter Hannah Krabill.
“She (Krabill) was a swing player last year and was always ready to go,” Schaefer said. “She is a very hard worker and is very passionate about the game.”
Next there is sophomore middle hitter Brianna Kovacevich.
“She (Kovacevich) has a natural talent for volleyball,” Schaefer said. “With a little more experience, she is going to be a great player.”
Sophomore outside hitter Katie Smith is the team’s defensive specialist.
“She (Smith) is another player that just has a natural talent for volleyball,” Schaefer said.
Sammie Anderson is following in her sister’s footsteps and made varsity in her freshman year.
“She is an all-around player,” Schaefer said. “Sammie is a great addition to our team and will be someone to watch over the years.”
Sophomore Marisa Rinehart is the team’s setter.
“She (Rinehart) is a great leader on the team,” Schaefer said. “She is very smart and talented. She is very knowledgeable of the game.”
Finally, there is sophomore outside hitter Morgan Burns.
“Morgan did enter in a few varsity games last year,” Schaefer said. “With a few swings, she proved she was varsity material.”
With so many young players on the team, it looks like the program could be on the upswing.
“Each game that we play, the girls seem to get more familiar with it (volleyball),” Schaefer said. “We need a few years under our belt before we will compete for a conference championship. I think we are a team to watch in the next few years.”
MAGNIFICAT CROSS COUNTRY
The Magnificat cross country team traveled to Kettering (Dayton) to compete in the Midwest All Catholic Championships on Saturday, Sept. 24. Both the Varsity A and B teams competed in the Gold Championship race. The Varsity A team finished 5th overall and the B team finished 11th in the 21 team field.
The big story of the day was of 33 Blue Streak runners who competed, 22 of them set personal record (PR) times. Additionally, six of the top 14 ladies were freshmen. Senior Abbie Marquard led the team with an impressive 5th place finish overall in 19:14. Freshman Elise Horning was the 2nd runner in a PR of 19:54. Junior Macey Walker was the team’s 3rd runner, while freshmen Katie Whitmore and Victoria Meyer set personal records and rounded out the top 5. Senior Meghan Riley and freshman Brooke McQuinn were the final finishers for the A team and also set personal records.
Complete results may be found at: wwwcarrollcrosscountry.org
In a battle of state ranked teams,fifth ranked Magnificat topped third ranked Westlake 5-0.
Singles:Witt d. Mi. Djohan 6-2,6-7,6-2;O’Malley d. Dunbar 5-7,6-1,6-1;Lugli d. Reddy 6-3,6-2. Doubles:Foliano/Plagens d. Me. Djohan/Miller 6-1,6-1;Lawless/Hollis d. Milano/Maheswer 6-2,6-2.
On Saturday, Sept. 17th, at Tamer Win Golf & Country Club in Cortland, Ohio, Ali Nageotte of Magnificat girls golf aced hole #16. This was an 18 hole match scrimmage with Canfield Girls golf team, Massillon Jackson girls and Magnificat girls golf from Westlake. She hit it170 yards using a 23-degree hybrid. It was her first career shooting a 76 for the 18 hole round.
Witnesses were: Cassie Pantelas of Massillon Jackson golf team and Kelly Fleming of the Canfield golf team.
ROCKY RIVER VOLLEYBALL
Rocky River defeats Vermilion in 4 games on Sept. 22.
23-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-20
Rocky River Statistics:
Kills: Ciara Kessler 19 kills, MaryKate Krajcer 13 kills
Digs: Mary Kate Krajcer with 14 digs
Serves: Ciara Kessler with 20 points served with 4 aces
Assists: Maggie Krajcer with 43 assists
Blocks: Ciara Kessler with 4 blocks
Overall Record: 4-8 WSC: 2-5
LUTHERAN WEST BOYS SOCCER
The Lutheran West boys soccer team was victorious over Firelands on Friday, 5-1, to make the team’s record 7-2 (5-2 in the Patriot Athletic Conference). The Longhorns had five goals by Ricky Downer, one goal from Josh Sekola, one goal from Daniel Hessler and one goal from Jordan Ruffner. Lutheran West also recorded three assists in the game. Nick Vrabel, Daniel Hessler and Pat Smith each had one assist.
BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL
The Baldwin-Wallace College volleyball team split a pair of matches at the Ohio Athletic Conference and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Challenge hosted by Ohio Northern University in the ONU Sports Center. The Yellow Jackets fell to Transylvania (Ky.) University 3-2 in the first match and defeated Hanover (Ind.) College, 3-1, in the nightcap.
With the split, B-W is now 11-6 on the season.
In the match with Transylvania (Ky.), the Yellow Jackets were defeated in five sets by scores of 25-17, 21-25, 26-24, 22-25 and 15-11. B-W was led offensively by junior middle hitter Rachel Switalski (North Royalton/Holy Name) with 14 kills and by freshman middle hitter Nicole Christner (Minerva). Junior setter Jessica Stitts (Eastlake/ North) set up the offense with 35 set assists. The defense was led by junior defensive specialitst Natalie Emmons (Ashland) with 22 digs as well as senior defensive specialitst Amanda Mass (North Royalton) who recorded 14 digs.
Against Hanover, B-W defeated the Panthers in four sets by scores of, 20-25, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-14. The Yellow Jacket offense was led by junior Amanda Sawicki (Mentor/ Lake Catholic) with 16 kills and by Swatalski with 11. Freshman setter Katie Primeau (Pemberville/ Eastwood) in her first start of her career, set up the offense with 42 set assists. Defensively, Emmons tied for the team lead in digs with sophomore Shannon Deleur (Olmsted Falls) with 16.