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Falcons stand alone at top of LC8 following sweep – Morning Journal

It’s no secret: Firelands remain undefeated in the Lorain County League and have no intention of sharing the conference championship like they did in 2021.

On September 13, the Falcons swept the up-and-coming Columbia Raiders in three sets to move into first place on the conference standings.

Firelands outside hitter Lexi Mack said, “Considering Brookside beat[Columbia]in five sets, this was a big win tonight.” “We knew we had to get this (LC8). We want to win (LC8), so we’re sweeping everyone in 3 sets (sets). So far so good. hey.”

It was a 3-set sweep, but Columbia kept it close. Firelands he won sets 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 and improved to 7-1 (5-0 in LC8).

“(The Firelands) are a talented team,” said Colombia coach Kelsey Guianulacos. “I haven’t taken anything away from them, but I think[tonight]we’re costing ourselves some points. ) We were getting kills and points when we were hitting the ball We didn’t find our rhythm tonight Looking forward to playing in their gym[later in the season]I am doing it.”

Photo: Firelands-Columbia Volleyball, September 13, 2022

According to Firelands coach Mason Cooley, the defense stepped up as needed to help keep them running and stop the momentum transfer to the Raiders.

“I think we’ve stepped up a little bit thanks to defense,” he said. “The defense was a lot better today.

Once Tangy got the ball set, the Falcons’ array of hitters began to work.

“(Tangy) has gotten so much better this year through sophomore year,” Mack said. “She’s becoming a great setter with beautiful hands. She rarely makes mistakes. When she does, she doesn’t make a big deal out of it.”

Mack led the team with 18 kills, 9 of which came in the third set. Right wing batter Lauren Valerius and middle hitter Ally Stewart had six kills.

Columbia maintained their offensive distance thanks to a defense led by libero Lily Fritz, middle hitter Emily Beck, and outside hitter Cameron Baker.

Baker had a team-leading 10 kills, driving the offense and leading the Raiders with three aces. All of them came in the first set from her effective jumping her serve.

When Columbia started making runs to come back later in the set. Mack urged his teammates to keep their cool and was vocal in the huddle.

“Sometimes we get into our heads and get very anxious and our hearts pounding,” Mack said. “We were like, ‘We just failed and we have to get another point,’ so it blew me away. I knew I had to calm down. When the scores were really tight, I took a deep breath. Let’s take a step back, there’s another path.”

The Raiders fell 7-3 (3-2 in LC8). The rematch he will have at Firelands on October 6, but Firelands will have to drop another conference match if Columbia wants a share of her LC8 championship.

Firelands and Columbia will play a conference game on the road on September 15th. The Falcons will face Black River and the Raiders will face Keystone.

https://www.morningjournal.com/2022/09/13/firelands-vs-columbia-volleyball-falcons-stand-alone-at-top-of-lc8-following-sweep/ Falcons stand alone at top of LC8 following sweep – Morning Journal

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