Huskies Cage Chagrin Falls
September 1, 2021 by Haley Adams

The Huskies are off to one of the hottest starts in program history. Picking up their fourth straight win of the season over rival Berkshire on Thursday, the Huskies were looking to continue that momentum over against the visiting Tigers of Chagrin Falls. The Tigers were looking to pull off the upset, but Cardinal proved to be too much, yet again.

The Huskies are off to one of the hottest starts in program history. Picking up their fourth straight win of the season over rival Berkshire on Thursday, the Huskies were looking to continue that momentum over against the visiting Tigers of Chagrin Falls. The Tigers were looking to pull off the upset, but Cardinal proved to be too much, yet again.

Chagrin Falls quickly found themselves in a 0-5 deficit to start the first set, where seniors Haley Domen and Karalyn Rutkowski each picked up a kill.

“From the win from Berkshire, we were really motivated to come into today’s game,” said senior middle blocker Loreli Hutchinson.

Eventually, Kelly Holtz’s team would settle in, and earn some much needed points. A shanked service receive pass, and a hitting error from the Huskies, pulled the Tigers within seven, 6-13.

“We were planning on hitting at zones one and five, and when we hit there, it was successful for us,” said junior libero Lilly Rini.

Back and forth hitting errors for both teams, the Huskies would force Chagrin to call a timeout at 23-19, after Lindsay Hissa found the floor on a kill.

“We had a lot of motivation and want to get another win,” Hissa said.

A huge block from Rutkowski, assisted by Domen would finish the first set, 25-19 and allow the Huskies to play as the frontrunner.

What was originally ruled a kill from Rutkowski, quickly was overturned as both officials conversed, and agreed to provide a replay, which then resulted in a service error from defensive specialist Grace Whitney.

Cardinal’s strong serving performance carried over from Thursday, when junior Skylar Erhardt added her first service ace of the afternoon to help Cardinal jump out to a 5-3 lead, after trailing 0-2 to start the second set.

Coach Holtz would call her first timeout of the set, when she saw her team trailing 4-8. Back-to-back aces recorded from libero Gabby Nemeth would extend Cardinal’s lead to 10-4. The Tigers would call their second timeout, after they found themselves in a 21-9 hole.

“We all found the empty holes on the court,” said Hutchinson when asked what was working well for her teammates and her. “The hitters and our setter [Domen], we all just connected, and knew when to put the ball down.

Much like how the first set ended, Rutkowski would finish the set off with another block. The Huskies would take set two 25-15.

It would be all Cardinal in the third set, taking a commanding lead, 10-3 to force the Tigers to take a timeout. An ace from Domen, and a pair of kills from Hissa would extend the Huskies lead to 18-5, where the Tigers took their final timeout of the set.

Hissa and company would finish the set, and match 25-6 and 3-0.

Leading the way offensively for the Huskies would be senior outside hitter Lauren Soltis, recording eight kills in the afternoon. Hissa and Rutkowski both recorded seven, while Hutchinson pitched in with six. Nemeth led the way with 18 digs, and Whitney 14 respectively. Rutkowski recorded seven blocks at the net, while Domen dished out 25 assists.

For the Tigers, it was junior Grace Svette who recorded four kills, while Rini led the back row with 21 digs, and setters Kendall Guddy and Madeline Rodriguez each contributed with five assists.

The Huskies travel to Crestwood to take on the Red Devils, then the Blue Devils on Thursday. Chagrin Falls will host Perry and West Geauga both starting at 6 p.m.