by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Stow -- If you look at the seeds, it may seem like a total mismatch.
The top-seeded Hudson volleyball team was scheduled to play 12th-seeded Walsh Jesuit in a Division I district semifinal contest Oct. 22. Results were not available at press time.
But it's a safe bet the Lady Explorers weren't fooled by the Lady Warriors' low seed.
After all, Walsh is the two-time defending Stow-Munroe Falls Division I district champion.
Hudson earned a date with the Lady Warriors after posting a 25-18, 25-20, 25-23 victory over Nordonia Oct. 19.
The Lady Explorers improved to 17-6 overall and the Lady Knights finished 16-8.
Although Hudson ended things in a little more than hour, the contest featured a number of spirited rallies by both teams. And make no mistake about it, the Lady Explorers certainly didn't coast to the win.
"Nordonia is a good team," Hudson head coach Jessica Ciborek said. "We knew we had to play well. We were able to finish."
Hudson trailed by as many as seven (9-2) in the third set and were down 16-11 before rallying. Tied at 23, Lady Explorers' Krissy Mummey put the match away with a kill to make it 24-23 and a block on match point.
"The girls had more of a do-or-die attitude after they got down," Ciborek said. "They continued to fight."
Mummey, who recently earned District 3 first-team honors, finished with 14 service points, including two aces, and eight blocks.
Jordan Mackay, who was named to the District 3 second team, had 15 kills and Sarah Young added 28 digs for Hudson. Celia Cristofoli received honorable mention to the District 3 team.
Also contributing for the Lady Explorers were Amanda Przybocki (35 assists and 14 points, including two aces) and Gina Holland 13 digs.
Sierra Pla led Nordonia with nine blocks and six kills and Rachel Slonsky finished with nine kills and eight digs.
Bailey Watroba contributed 29 assists and Miranda Bodziony added nine digs for the Lady Knights.
The district title contest is set to take place Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. Twinsburg is scheduled to play Kent Roosevelt in the other district semifinal match.