by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Cuyahoga Falls -- Prior to their volleyball match against Hudson Oct. 1, Cuyahoga Falls' sophomore twins Lexy and Shelby Dieterich wrote a letter to their mother, Dawn.
One of the lines of the letter, which was read prior to pregame introductions, said "Cancer messed with the wrong person."
While the twins and their teammates fell short against their talented rivals, the determined siblings' words proved to be an inspiration to all those who attended the "Volley for the Cure" event at Cuyahoga Falls High School.
Hudson improved to 13-6 overall and 6-1 in the Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division after posting a 25-18, 25-18, 25-19 victory over Cuyahoga Falls Oct. 1 on the road.
The Lady Black Tigers wore pink tops to pay tribute to "Volley for the Cure," which benefits breast cancer research. The Lady Explorers wore white and pink shirts and the gymnasium featured a number of pink decorations.
Although she was on the opposing side, Hudson head coach Jessica Ciborek had a few goosebumps during the festivities.
"Volley for the Cure is a great cause," she said. "So many women are diagnosed every year. It always feels good to support a good cause."
And the Dieterich siblings are more than happy for the support.
Their mother is doing much better after being diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in the year.
Unfortunately for the home team, the taller, more experienced Lady Explorers had their way with the young Lady Black Tigers.
Although Falls had its moments in all three sets, Hudson's two stellar middle hitters, junior Jordan Mackay and senior Krissy Mummey, were too much for the Lady Black Tigers (6-13, 0-7) to handle.
Mackay led the Lady Explorers with 13 service points, including two aces, eight kills and two blocks. Mummey added eight kills and three blocks.
"We have been playing a lot better," Stewart said. "The girls have been scrappy and they are starting to do the things we're doing in practice. We're just not a good matchup for them. I think Krissy scrapes the ceiling when she jumps and Jordan is wise beyond her years."
While Hudson, which beat Falls in three sets earlier in the season, controlled the match from the start, Ciborek was impressed with the Lady Black Tigers' resilience.
"They're very scrappy and I thought they were much improved since the last time we saw them," she said. "I felt like we were in control most of the match. I was happy with our individual skill work."
Setter Amanda Przybocki finished with 32 assists for Hudson. Back-row standout Sarah Young added 18 digs for the Lady Explorers.
Zoe Nehrer had eight kills for the Lady Black Tigers (6-13, 0-7) and Hannah Shane finished with 17 digs and three aces for Falls. Also contributing for the Lady Black Tigers were Karly Slone (21 assists) and Brooke Crawford (two blocks).
The Lady Explorers also earned a 23-25, 25-13, 25-18 win in the junior varsity contest.
The varsity team was scheduled to visit Lake Division rival Mentor Oct. 3. Results were not available at press time.
Hudson is scheduled to host Lake Division foe Stow-Munroe Falls Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Explorers are set to visit Lake Division rival Twinsburg in their regular-season finale Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
"If we can sweep these teams, it would be good progression heading into the postseason," Ciborek said.