Aurora -- The comforts of playing at home has paid dividends for the Aurora High volleyball team.
The Greenmen beat Kent Roosevelt, Barberton and Tallmadge to raise its record to 8-4 overall. Those all were key matches in the Suburban League American Conference.
"After a busy past couple of weeks, it was nice to return to our home gym," emphasized head coach Tyler Price.
Against Kent, Sydney McDowell led in kills with 7, while Brooke Besinger had 6. Senior Anna Davis chipped in with 25 assists and had 3 blocks, as did McDowell.
Morgan Copley had 6 serving aces and senior April Davis registered 16 digs.
The coach noted the junior varsity notched its first win of the season over the Rough Riders.
Against Barberton, Copley had 14 kills and Besinger had 8 kills and 4 blocks.
"Playing multiple matches in a row is tough," said Price. "Due to our original match with Barberton being cancelled by a power outage, we had only a few dates to reschedule.
"I was worried about the fatigue setting in with three matches in a row, but there were no worries about that today. The girls came out and played flawless volleyball for all three games."
Jordan Parks and McDowell had 5 aces, April Davis18 digs and Anna Davis 28 assists.
"The highlight of the night was seeing the future of the program. I was able to put in JVs and some freshmen," said the coach. "They kept the momentum and pressure up without skipping a beat. We seem to be in good hands for years to come."
Price said the effect of playing out of the local gym showed with some fatigue in the first set against Tallmadge, and the locals made a lot of mistakes.
"After some refocusing, we played better the last three sets with some aggressive net play and serving," he noted. "It was nice to pull out the conference win with the middle schoolers in attendance."
April Davis posted 25 digs and Anna Davis had 46 assists in the big win. McDowell excelled with 16 kills and 5 aces. Copley had 16 kills, and Besinger excelled on defense with 6 blocks.