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Woodridge volleyball scores big win over rival Streetsboro

by Roger Gordon | Correspondent Published: September 4, 2016 12:00 AM

It was a hotly contested match between two evenly matched teams Aug. 30 between Portage Trail Conference rivals Woodridge and host Streetsboro.

The Bulldogs prevailed 25-20, 15-25, 25-21, 26-24.

"In the first set we went ahead and kept our lead," said Woodridge head coach Melinda Hosford. "In the second set we missed the first serve, they got ahead and we had a hard time catching up. In the third set, like the first, we got ahead and stayed ahead.

"The fourth set was back and forth, back and forth. We were up, they were up, we were up / it was that way the entire set. Breanna Arnett served the last two points for us."

It was a big win for the Bulldogs, who in their home opener Aug. 25 had beaten PTC Metro foe Ravenna 25-9, 25-5, 25-8.

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Arnett, a senior outside hitter, had 15 kills and two aces.

"Breanna communicated on the court, she got everybody fired up," Hosford said. "She was a big motivator."

Junior setter Kaela Folatko had a whale of a match as she totaled 40 assists and five kills.

Senior outside hitter Makayla Sypherd had 14 kills and a pair of aces.

Other Bulldogs who contributed mightily were junior right side hitter Alyssa Smith, junior defensive specialist Rachel DeMaio, senior middle hitter Hannah Fitzsimmons and junior middle hitter Celena Whitely.

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Smith, who Hosford said was on fire and covered diligently, had five kills and three aces. DeMaio had five digs; Fitzsimmons amassed five kills, three aces and three blocks; and Whitely had four blocks.

Against Ravenna, it was a different story as Woodridge cruised to the straight-sets win.

"We had control of the match from beginning to end, especially in the second set when Makayla served the first 15 points," Hosford said.

Sypherd had a total of 21 service points won and seven kills.

Arnett also had seven kills plus eight service points won.

Folatko had 23 assists and four kills, while Smith totaled five aces.

Woodridge took a 2-1 overall record and a 2-0 PTC Metro mark into a Sept. 1 matchup at division rival Cloverleaf, but the result was not available at press time.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a home match against Field Sept. 6. The match begins at 7 p.m.

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