Hilltopper Boys Volleyball Starts Season Undefeated, 4-0
March 21, 2024 by Alan Kornspan

On March 14, Chardon's boys volleyball team hosted the Euclid Panthers.

Match photos click here.

On March 14, Chardon’s boys volleyball team hosted the Euclid Panthers.

Looking to continue their winning streak and move to 4-0 on the season, the Hilltoppers won set one 25-7, then followed with a 25-11 victory in set two.

In the third game, the Panthers defeated the Hilltoppers 25-23.

However, the Hilltoppers came back with a 25-16 victory in set four to stay undefeated at 4-0 on the season.

Afterward, senior captain Logan Bryant said the match provided a good opportunity for everyone to get a lot of valuable playing time and experience.

“We were trying to move a few people out (on to the court) different from our starters to get them reps, get them time, because it’s just our second year as a team,” he said.

Chardon’s main strategic emphasis against the Panthers was to get the volleyball to the outside hitters to try to get kills, Bryant added.

“Strategically we were just trying to push it to the outside,” he said. “We got two great outside (hitters), Ian (Galati) and Stone (Fawcett).”

This strategy worked well, as the Hilltoppers obtained 35 kills for the match.

Leading in kills against the Panthers were Fawcett with 15 and Galati with 11. Leading in assists was Avery Laux, who had 26.

Postgame, Fawcett and Galati gave credit to the excellent setting Laux provided in helping to assist in the offensive attack.

“Avery has been doing a great job just getting us the ball,” Fawcett said.

Added Galati, “Our setter (Laux) got to give a call out to him. He’s been a great setter.”

In starting the season undefeated at 4-0, Laux’s setting and assists, and the attacking from outside hitters Galati and Fawcett, have been integral.

Opening the season at home March 8 against the Mentor Cardinals , Laux’s 39 assists helped the Hilltoppers win in five games, 3-2.

For that match, the Hilltoppers won set one 25-23. In set two, the Cardinals came back to win 25-16.

After defeating the Cardinals 25-16, Mentor took set four 25-21.

The Hilltoppers then won the match, beating the Cardinals 15-8 in the deciding fifth set.

Leading Chardon against the Cardinals were again Galati and Fawcett, both with 18 kills. In addition, Noah Galati had eight kills and Jackson Houser had four kills.

The next day, Chardon traveled to Mayfield to take on the Wildcats and won in three straight sets, 25-22, 25-18 and 25-14.

Against the Wildcats, Fawcett led the Hilltoppers with 11 kills. Also contributing kills against the Wildcats were Laux (5), Ian Galati (4), Noah Galati (4), Houser (4), Nate Suszynski (2), Bryant (1) and Braden Schmauder (1).

The Hilltoppers then moved to 3-0 on March 12 against the Bard Early College Raptors in four sets, 3-1.

Leading the attack against the Raptors were Ian Galati and Houser, both with 19 kills. The Hilltoppers collected their most aces serving this season, with 16 for the match.

Leading in aces were Braden Schmauder and Nick Derezic, both with four.

Also contributing aces against the Raptors were Houser (3), Laux (3), David Williams (1) and Ian Galati (1).

The Hilltoppers would return to the court March 19 to host the Avon Eagles.