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Aurora High volleyball squad ends with a 14-8 mark, eyes postseason

by STEVE BATKO | CORRESPONDENT Published: October 19, 2016 1:00 AM
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Aurora -- With the focus on the postseason, Aurora High's volleyball team finished the regular season fairly well and stayed healthy.

Aurora, 14-8 overall, played in the regular season and Suburban League finale Oct. 13 at Tallmadge and lost in five games to finish 9-3 in the Suburban League American Conference.

AHS coach Tyler Price hopes his third-seeded Greenmen are ready for the Solon Division I sectional-district tournament.

Aurora was to meet Garfield Heights on Oct. 17 in first round action, but final results weren't available at press time.

With a win, Aurora would advance to the Oct. 20 sectional final against fourth-seeded Kenston at 7 p.m. The district semis are set for Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Solon.

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The tourney is loaded. Brecksville was the top seed, followed by Solon, Aurora, Kenston and Maple Heights. Sixth-seeded Twinsburg has reached the districts three years in a row.

In the win over Tallmadge, three starters were out.

"Going into the game, our main goal was to come away healthy as we were dealing with three starters out and that usually spells disaster," noted Price.

"I had to look to a lot of underclassmen to pick up some starting roles and a lot of playing time. With a new lineup, we were able to pull out to a 2-1 lead after game 3. The game 4 loss is completely on my hands. I had to put in a different lineup since some girls had met their total games allowed in a match."

Senior April Davis was a warrior on defense as she battled with 62 digs and 3 aces. Morgan Copley played strong with 25 kills and 3 blocks and senior Anna Davis had 39 assists.

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AURORA WON 3-2 on Oct. 11 at home over Kenston.

"It was nice to send the seniors out with a victory," noted Price. "The players have said they have never beaten Kenston, and I wanted to make this night special. We have a habit of coming up short in the big games, but not this time."

Other seniors include right side hitter Emily Stepanek and defensive specialist Purdita Irving.

April Davis had 33 digs and Anna Davis 42 assists, Copley had 19 kills and 4 blocks, while Brooke Besinger had 4 blocks and Jordan Parks had 4 aces.

"The way some of the players stepped up in the absence of other players was great to watch; however, Julianna Ritter received a concussion in game 5," said Price.

Aurora went 2-1 and placed third at the Mayfield tournament on Oct. 8.

The Greenmen beat Twinsburg as Sydney McDowell had 8 kills and 2 aces, and lost to Villa Angela-St. Joseph. Copley had 12 kills, Besinger 6 blocks, April Davis 14 digs and Anna Davis 23 assists. Aurora then beat Copley 25-17, 18-25, 25-22.

"We weren't thrilled to play Copley because we'd just played two days earlier, so we slacked off,"said Price. "Both teams played error-filled matches, but we walked away with the win."

Leading in kills was Copley with 11, while Besinger had 5 blocks, April Davis 15 digs, Anna Davis 25 feeds and Copley 4 aces.

"The VASJ match was great and we just had nothing in the tank for game 3," noted the coach. "We played well in game one; however, there were some calls that led to score changes. We let the lead slip away and everything was clocking in game 2."

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