The Nordonia High School volleyball team received some good news recently. That news took the form of the return of sophomore outside hitter Megan Alders, who recently had her appendix removed.
It was originally thought that Alders would be lost for the rest of the season, but she was cleared to return for the Lady Knights' match against Suburban League National Conference foe Cuyahoga Falls at home Oct. 4.
"We lost to Falls earlier in the season at their place, so we were ready for a little payback," said Nordonia head coach Andrea Ciavarelli.
Nordonia won the first two sets 25-10, 25-17. The Lady Knights fell behind in the third set, eventually rallying but dropping a 26-24 decision. The fourth set was the longest set that Nordonia has played all season. However, the Lady Knights emerged victorious, 31-29.
"It was an incredible match," said Ciavarelli. "It was great to see senior defensive specialist Skylar Dean have a great game, not just passing but hitting out of the back row. It was an all-around good team effort."
Dean produced 14 digs and four kills, while freshman middle hitter Dominque Evans accounted for 12 digs and six kills. In addition, Alders had 20 kills and freshman outside hitter Maddie Knight posted 17 digs, 11 kills, and three aces. Other major contributors for Nordonia included junior setter Faith Banks (45 assists, 11 digs) and senior libero Alexis Perney (32 digs, 25-of-25 serve receive, one ace).
The Falls match was one of three contests that Nordonia played recently. The Lady Knights also battled conference counterpart Stow-Munroe Falls at home Sept. 27, sustaining a 25-13, 25-23, 25-15 defeat.
Banks led the way with 23 assists, 21 digs, and one ace, while Knight registered 11 kills, nine digs, and one ace and junior outside hitter Carly Adams had five kills. Perney added 21 digs and was 26-of-29 on serve receive.
On Sept. 29, Nordonia traveled to conference adversary Brecksville-Broadview Heights. The Lady Bees entered the contest as the No. 3 team in the state in their division. Brecksville topped the Lady Knights by the score of 25-15, 25-3, 25-15.
Banks paced Nordonia with 16 assists, five digs, and two aces. Knight produced 11 digs and six kills, while sophomore setter Emily Chrustic recorded three kills and two digs and Perney added 12 digs.
On Oct. 6, Nordonia visited conference rival North Royalton. The Lady Bears won by a 25-16, 25-15, 25-13 margin.
Knight led the way with eight digs, six kills, and one ace and Banks had 17 assists and seven digs. In addition, Alders contributed six kills and Perney posted 18 digs and one ace and was 31-of-34 on serve receive.
Nordonia's overall record now stands at 4-16. The Lady Knights are also 2-10 in the National Conference of the Suburban League.
The Division I district tournament draw took place Oct. 9 at Solon High School. As a result of that draw, Nordonia is seeded seventh overall and will battle Cleveland John F. Kennedy at 6 p.m. Oct. 18.
The winner of that match will advance to play Brecksville at 3 p.m. Oct. 22. Brecksville is the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
In the meantime, Nordonia will wrap up its regular-season schedule this week. The Lady Knights will close out the campaign against conference opponents Twinsburg on the road Oct. 10, and Wadsworth at home for Senior Night on Oct. 13.