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Hudson volleyball team loses to Stow in five sets again

Published: October 4, 2016 11:57 PM
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They went toe to toe the last time they faced each other earlier in the season.

Not surprisingly, they went toe to toe again Oct. 4.

Both contests proved to be instant classics between the two longtime rivals.

Unfortunately for the Lady Explorers, the Lady Bulldogs have bragging rights in 2016.

The host Stow-Munroe Falls volleyball team completed a sweep against Hudson after posting a 25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-6 victory.

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The Suburban League National Conference showdown took place at James G. Tyree Gymnasium in Stow.

In a match where the momentum seemed to turn 180 degrees several times, the Lady Bulldogs, who earned a five-set win over their rivals to the north earlier in the season, took care of business when it mattered most.

Stow (13-6, 8-4) scored five consecutive points to take an 8-3 lead in the fifth set and then scored the final five points to end the match.

Four of those last five points took place on the serve of junior outside hitter/defensive specialist Kendall Feldman.

Prior to the fifth set, it was nip and tuck the entire way.

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The match was tied at 21 in the first set before the Lady Bulldogs closed the deal with four straight points.

The last three points came on the serve of Stow sophomore setter Lauren Fair.

In the second set, the Lady Bulldogs got some scary news when one of their top front-row players went down with an injury.

Junior outside hitter Julia DiPaola suffered an ankle injury with her team trailing 6-5.

After a short delay, the Lady Explorers seemed rejuvenated.

Hudson (6-9, 4-7) went on a 10-0 run to take a commanding 17-6 lead. Junior outside hitter Dani Turner had the last nine service points during the spurt for the Lady Explorers.

But Stow roared back and was down just two (22-20) after a kill by sophomore outside hitter Lizzy Stefanov.

However, Hudson scored the next three points as the Lady Bulldogs made some untimely errors down the stretch.

The third set was close the entire way.

Stow senior outside hitter Lauren Turschak delivered in the clutch when she smashed home a kill on set point.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed most of the fourth set, but they cut their deficit to one (23-22) after a Stefanov kill.

But the Lady Explorers got a kill and a block by senior middle hitter Alena Madar to send the match to a decisive fifth set.

Stefanov led Stow with 18 kills and senior middle hitter Marie Cistone, who got some major minutes after DiPaola suffered her injury, had nine blocks for the Lady Bulldogs.

Also contributing for Stow were defensive specialist Alyssa Tallarico (20 digs), Fair (23 assists), junior outside hitter Jacy Guider (20 assists), Feldman (two aces) and sophomore defensive specialist Claire O'Verko (two aces).

The Lady Explorers were led by Madar. She finished with 21 kills, 15 service points, eight digs and three blocks.

Turner finished with 23 service points, 15 kills and 11 digs and sophomore hitter Regina Alvarez had 12 kills and four blocks.

Junior defensive specialist Maddie Gaeta contributed 22 digs and 14 service points, including two aces. Junior defensive specialist Nina Disandis had 21 service points, including two aces, and 21 digs for Hudson.

Also contributing for the Lady Explorers were junior setter Lorenza Chiarappa (59 assists and 18 digs), junior outside hitter Madison Topczewski (11 kills) and Kendall Mackay (47 digs and 10 service points, including one ace).


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