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Cuyahoga Falls volleyball team moves to 3-0

by Frank Aceto Associate Sports Editor Published: August 28, 2016 12:00 AM

They have plenty of work to do, according to their coach.

Nonetheless, the Lady Black Tigers were still undefeated after their first three matches.

The host Cuyahoga Falls volleyball team continued its unbeaten season with a convincing 25-22, 25-14, 25-10 victory over Akron Firestone Aug. 23.

Emma Freeman led the Lady Black Tigers with eight kills and seven digs and Becca Postlewaite had 13 assists. Nicole Bechter contributed five aces and Gillian Leimeister added two blocks for Falls.

"We made a ton of mistakes early and eventually cleaned things up," Lady Black Tigers head coach Josh Stewart said. "We came out flat, in part because of our five-set match [Aug. 22].

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That marathon match 24 hours earlier also was golden for Falls.

The Lady Black Tigers earned a hard-fought 25-20, 26-28, 22-25, 28-26, 15-11 win over Green Aug. 22 in Uniontown.

Freeman led the way with 23 kills and 17 digs and Postlewaite finished with 33 assists and three aces.

"We gave them a lot of their points with our mistakes, but I liked the way we persevered and buckled down in the fourth set when we were down four points late in the game," Stewart said. "It was a fun win. I'm hoping it sparks the rest of our season."

Falls made a stellar 2016 debut with a 25-17, 25-21, 25-12 win over Suburban League crossover rival Kent Roosevelt Aug. 20.

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Freeman led the way with 13 kills and six digs and Postlewaite and Bechter each had 13 assists. Emina Celic contributed three aces and two blocks for the Lady Black Tigers.

"Both teams struggled with serve receive, but I think we were able to convert our transition opportunities a little more efficiently," Stewart said. "If we play like that during league play, we're going to struggle. I'm happy with how we're progressing overall, though."

Falls was scheduled to visit league crossover foe Barberton Aug. 25. Results were not available at press time.

The Lady Black Tigers are set to visit Suburban League National Conference rivals Brecksville-Broadview Heights Aug. 30 and Wadsworth Sept. 1. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Falls is set to visit league crossover foe Copley Sept. 3. Play is scheduled to begin at noon.

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