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Cuyahoga Falls volleyball's win streak ends against Brecksville

by Frank Aceto Associate Sports Editor Published: September 4, 2016 12:00 AM

They recently suffered their first loss of the season.

And let's just say it was a rather humbling loss.

Nonetheless, the Lady Black Tigers seem to be finding the right pieces in the early season.

The Cuyahoga Falls volleyball team's four-match winning streak came to an end after losing to powerful Brecksville-Broadview Heights 25-12, 25-15, 25-6 in its Suburban League National Conference debut Aug. 30 on the road.

The Lady Bees, who reached a Division I regional title match last year, overpowered the Lady Black Tigers (4-1, 0-1) in all facets of the match.

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However, Falls head coach Josh Stewart didn't seemed too stressed about this team's performance.

"I really didn't feel like we played that bad," he said. "Brecksville is the best team we will see all year.

"I'm not sure what Jackson looks like this year, but I'd be hard-pressed to not bet on the Bees making the state final four. They were too big, too strong and too fast for us on this night."

Tylir Saxon led the Lady Black Tigers with four kills. Setter Becca Postlewaite finished with six assists and Emma Freeman contributed 12 digs for Falls.

Despite the loss, life has been good for the Lady Black Tigers.

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They posted their fourth win of the season in as many matches with a 25-19, 25-23, 25-22 victory over Suburban League crossover foe Barberton Aug. 25.

Freeman led Falls with 11 kills and Nichole Bechter finished with 18 assists and six aces. Morgan Frame added 10 digs for the Lady Black Tigers.

While the outcome was somewhat decisive, it wasn't Falls' best effort, according to Stewart.

"We are making a boatload of mistakes, which has kept some of the sets tighter than I'd like, but we're still managing to hang on and win," he said. "That makes me excited for when we start to get more consistent down the road.

"I have to keep reminding myself that this is a marathon and not a sprint."

The Lady Black Tigers were scheduled to visit National Conference rival Wadsworth Sept. 1 before heading to Copley for a Suburban League crossover showdown Sept. 3. Results of those matches were not available at press time.

Falls is set to host National Conference foes Hudson Sept. 6 and Nordonia Sept. 8. Play is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Black Tigers are set to see the Bees again Sept. 10 at home. Play is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

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