by STEVE BATKO | CORRESPONDENT
Aurora -- Tyler Price went back to some of his coaching roots, and in the process his Aurora volleyball team fought perennial power Stow-Munroe Falls, a program where Price once coached.
Price was thrilled to see his club take on Stow on the road. It eventually lost in four matches, 25-21, 26-24, 21-25, 26-24.
But Aurora (1-2 heading into this week's action) may have gained some respect against the Bulldogs (4-1).
Price had been the JV coach at Stow for the past four years, taking the reign at Aurora for Rachael Bailes (74-55 overall in her career).
"Going back to Stow, emotions were running high," admitted Price. "Walking back into the gym, looking up at the scoreboard and looking at the away score was a unique experience.
"The girls matched my passion and intensity, and played extremely well. We came out and ran our game plan well.
"I have to credit Stow. Its aggressive serving and great outside hitters were able to take us out of our system, and not allow us to run our offense."
Junior middle hitter Sydney McDowell played well with 12 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Morgan Copley had 8.
Senior Libero April Davis netted 24 digs, senior sister Anna Davis put up 35 assists and Izzie Zuckett contributed 2 service aces.
"We have taken major strides in this young season, and with our team being young we don't know how to close out the close games," noted the coach. "We did not quit at all.
"Playing these tough matches now will hopefully prepare us for a postseason run. We'll be battle-tested and know how to close out these tight games.
"I'm proud of how they played, and am excited to see the end product at the end of the season."
Meanwhile, AHS opened the Suburban League American Conference season Aug. 30 by beating Kent Roosevelt 3-1.
Copley (12 kills and 4 blocks) and McDowell (7 kills, and 4 blocks) made their presence felt.
Junior defensive specialist Jordan Parks excelled with 18 digs, along with Anna Davis, who also had 22 assists.
"The season is a work in progress and every day the team is getting better," Price said. "After jumping out to a quick start in game one, we settled back into our bad habits in game two."
The Greenmen bounced back, as April Davis contributed 19 digs and was outstanding overall, also serving up 6 aces.