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The Hudson girls volleyball team finished 2-1 at the Hudson Quad Sept. 10 at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.
The Lady Explorers earned a 25-15, 25-19 victory over Canton McKinley.
Dani Turner had nine kills and Alena Madar, Madison Topczewski and Regina Alvarez each had five kills for Hudson. Alvarez also had three blocks.
Lorenza Chiarappa finished with 17 assists and Kendall Mackay had 15 digs for the Lady Explorers.
Also contributing for Hudson (3-4) were Maddie Gaeta (nine service points, including two aces, and six digs) and Nina Disandis (seven service points, including one ace).
The Lady Explorers also defeated Claymont 25-14, 25-19.
Madar led the way with 14 service points, including three aces, six kills and three blocks and Turner had seven service points and six kills.
Alvarez chipped in with five kills and four blocks and Topczewski had three kills and one block.
Also faring well for Hudson were Chiarappa (18 assists), Mackay (25 digs), Gaeta (14 digs and eight service points) and Disandis (10 digs and seven service points).
The Lady Explorers' lone loss was to Berea-Midpark 25-17, 22-25, 11-25.
Madar had nine kills, eight service points, including one ace, and five blocks and Turner finished with 10 kills and two digs. Alvarez contributed eight kills and two blocks.
Leading Hudson's back row were Disandis (12 digs and 12 service points, including three aces), Gaeta (17 service points, including three aces, and four digs) and Mackay (10 digs and eight service points). Chiarappa finished with 20 assists.
The Lady Explorers were scheduled to entertain Suburban League National Conference rival Twinsburg Sept. 13. Results were not available at press time.
Hudson is set to visit National Conference foe Wadsworth Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
The Lady Explorers are scheduled to return home to play Avon Sept. 17 at 1 p.m.
Girls soccer squad
falls to Copley
Several members of the Hudson girls soccer team had to take care of an academic situation before their game Sept. 10.
Did it affect the Lady Explorers' concentration and focus?
It's safe to say it certainly didn't help.
Hudson fell to 3-2-1 after losing to Suburban League crossover rival Copley 1-0 on the road. Courtni Arp scored the lone goal for the Indians in the first half.
Several Lady Explorers had to take the ACT test prior to the game.
"No excuses, but it was tough," Hudson head coach Chris Gentille said. "We played a rough first half, but we played better in the second half. We just couldn't finish our chances in the game.
"It's going to take time with this team. A lot of these girls are playing new roles with this team this year that they weren't asked to do in the past.
"We will find our stride midway through the season to be ready for the playoffs. I'm very confident that we will be where we want to be in the next couple weeks."
Lady Explorers' goalkeeper Lily Morgan finished with six saves. Copley had a 7-6 advantage in shots on goal and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
Hudson was scheduled to host Suburban League National Conference foe Cuyahoga Falls Sept. 13. Results were not available at press time.
The Lady Explorers are set to visit Green Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
Boys soccer club
settles for draw
The Explorers were about a minute away from coming home with a victory on the road.
The Hudson boys soccer team settled for a 2-2 draw with Worthington Kilbourne Sept. 10 on the road.
The Wolves scored the tying goal with about a minute left. Sam Durkin and Jack Sarkisian found the nets for the Explorers (5-1-1).
Hudson goalkeeper Connor Gynn made two saves in the nets. The Explorers had a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal. Kilbourne had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
Hudson is scheduled to visit Suburban League National Conference rival Cuyahoga Falls Sept. 13 at the Laybourne Sports Complex. Results were not available at press time.
The Explorers are set to host National Conference foe Stow-Munroe Falls Sept. 20 at Hudson Memorial Stadium. Play is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
WRA football team
It has been 11 years since the Western Reserve Academy football team has been this good.
Pioneers head coach Jeff Hildebrand hopes his team's early success continues throughout the rest of the season.
Reserve is 3-0 for the first time since 2005 after posting a convincing 47-20 victory over Mathews Sept. 9 in Vienna.
WRA's offense finished with 367 yards on the ground and six rushing touchdowns.
"This is was total team effort as the special teams, offense and especially the defense played at a high level of intensity," Hildebrand said. "We proved to be the most physical team on the field. The guys up front, particularly James Zhang, Derrick Hampton and Justin Chung, helped us control the line of scrimmage."
Dakota Gibbons led the Pioneers' ground attack with 222 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and Jayden Demmy had 103 yards and three scores on 13 carries.
Freshman Cooper Parrot capped the scoring on the night with his first career touchdown on an 8-yard carry.
The defense shut down the Mustangs' offense that had scored 40-plus points in its first two games by forcing four turnovers.
Senior Michael Malen broke any momentum that Mathews had with a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with one minute before halftime just after the Mustangs scored their first touchdown.
WRA golfers remain
unbeaten in 2016
It has been quite a 2016 season for the Western Reserve Academy golf team.
In fact, the Pioneers still haven't lost yet.
Reserve improved to 8-0 on the season after posting a 156-168 victory over Solon Sept. 9 at Lake Forest Country Club.
Paul Schumacher led WRA with a score of 36 to earn medalist honors. Zach Mandry, a former Solon player, shot a 38 and Emily Root contributed a 39. Michael Pamer, Ben Kishore and Kevin Escott each shot a 43 to round out the team scoring for the Pioneers.
Reserve tennis gets past Green
The host Western Reserve Academy girls tennis team improved to 3-3 on the season after posting a 3-2 victory over Green Sept. 9.
The Pioneers won all three singles' matches. Mackenzie Deeter (6-1, 6-2), Alicia Ma (6-3, 6-3) and Lydia Peercy (6-0, 6-2) cruised to victories.
Reserve was scheduled to visit Hudson Sept. 13. Results were not available at press time.
Pioneer boys finish
18th in Tiffin
The Western Reserve Academy boys cross country team finished 18th with 512 points in the 44-team Division III "A" race at the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival Sept. 10.
Fort Laramie won the competition with 125 points and Smithville (215) and Carey (295) placed second and third, respectively.
Bucyrus Colonel Crawford's Chad Johnson won the race with a time of 15 minutes, 53.4 seconds. A total of 304 runners competed.
Danny Mylott led the Pioneers with a 21st-place clocking of 17:09.5.
Rounding out the top five for Reserve were Cole Howard (46th, 17:39), Sammy Bluso (74th, 18:11.6), John Narouze (175th, 19:26.3) and Max Wang (202nd, 19:49.9).
WRA girls shut
The host Western Reserve Academy girls soccer team improved to 3-5 on the season after posting a 4-0 victory over Berlin Hiland Sept. 10.
Abby King had a goal and two assists and Chloe Beggs and Zanna Leciejewski each scored once for the Pioneers, who earned their second win in their last three games.
Reserve goalkeeper Brooke Hovan made four saves in the nets and WRA had a 37-7 advantage in shots on goal.
The host Pioneers also lost to Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 9-1 Sept. 8.
King scored the lone goal on a penalty kick and Hovan had 17 saves.
squad places fifth
The host Western Reserve Academy volleyball team finished fifth at the WRA Volleyball Invitational Sept. 10.
The Pioneers earned a 25-18, 25-15 victory over Akron Garfield in the fifth-place match.
Reserve (1-7) also lost to Lyndhurst Brush (25-7, 25-12) and Elyria Open Door Christian (25-14, 25-18).
Mogadore won the competition with a 25-18, 17-25, 25-19 win over Brush in the title match and Hearts for Jesus Christ (North Olmsted) defeated Open Door Christian 25-16, 25-17 in the third-place match.