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It's always a good idea to have your best performance in do-or-die situations.
Such was the case for the Hudson boys volleyball team May 23.
The Explorers advanced to the Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association Division I, North No. 1 Region title match after earning a 17-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-22 victory over Brecksville-Broadview Heights.
The match took place May 23 at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls.
With the win, Hudson (9-11) was scheduled to play Cleveland St. Ignatius May 27 at Walsh. Results were not available at press time.
"We put together our best match of the season," Explorers head coach Larry Meehan said. "We struggled in the service game and in completing plays in the first set. But we achieved a new level of purpose in the next three."
The match featured several extended rallies.
"I was very pleased that our players managed to sustain their energy level and focus throughout the match," Meehan said.
Larry Meehan, the coach's son, had a strong all-around performance with 11 assists, eight digs, six kills, two blocks, two aces and just one error.
Shane Chilcott finished with eight blocks, six kills, two aces, two digs and just one error and Thomas Morgan had a 2.66 passer rating in more than 60 attempts, one ace and a season-high 13 digs.
"Larry, Shane and Thomas exceeded their recorded stats with good decision making, intensity and making many plays to shift the momentum," coach Meehan said. "Thomas seemed to be involved in just about everything."
Also faring well for Hudson were Kyle Michl (12 assists and nine digs), Kellen McCabe (five digs, one ace, one assist and a 2.53 passer rating), Aidan L'Hommedieu (five digs and a 2.58 passer rating), Jan Dolkowski (five kills, three blocks and three digs), Mitch Gray (five kills and five blocks) and Matt Gentry (nine kills, three aces, three blocks and two digs).
"This was a total team effort," coach Meehan said. "We saw contributions from all involved.
"The numbers do not reflect the good choices, sprawling efforts and sense of team that were on display in this match, but those elements were every bit as important.
"These less easily defined elements of the game are the most difficult to develop in short windows of time. I was very proud of our team. This is the manner of play we have been striving for all season."