The Hudson boys volleyball team's season came to an end in the Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association North #1 Region title match.
The Explorers finished 9-12 on the season after suffering a 25-8, 25-9, 25-10 defeat to powerful Cleveland St. Ignatius May 27 at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls.
"This was hardly an unexpected result," Hudson head coach Larry Meehan said. "Ignatius is a top team in the state and they were certainly in playoff mode when we saw them.
"We had a hard time generating any offense against their tough service game and our block looked slow against their quick offense. You must sometimes acknowledge a superior team and the Wildcats are every bit that against us and everyone else in the region.
"I encouraged our players to battle and make plays when the opportunity was there and on occasion, we did."
Senior right-side hitter Kolby Miller had just two kills and a block, but he contributed in other ways, according to Meehan.
"Kolby had a number of other strong attacks that did not find the floor," Meehan said.
Senior setter Kyle Michl had three digs and two assists and provided a "strong defensive effort" throughout the match, according to Meehan.
Senior libero Thomas Morgan had five digs and a 2.46 passer rating and senior setter/outside hitter Larry Meehan had three assists, three digs, a kill and a block.
Also contributing for the Explorers were seniors Mitch Gray (two blocks and a kill), a middle blocker, and Kellen McCabe (three digs), a defensive specialist.
"We were missing a few regular players," Meehan said. "We had the opportunity to play some guys who had little experience on the varsity level. But they are clearly rising talents: freshmenLuke Karnofel [outside hitter], Michael Meehan [libero/defensive specialist] and Mason Mihalek [outside hitter], along with junior Max Semenczuk [defensive specialist] all gained some valuable experience and acquitted themselves well.
"After spending a very time intense, action packed three-plus months with this group, it is always bittersweet to end a season.
"I am very proud of all our seniors, as they worked hard to learn and compete in a difficult game and showed excellent character throughout.
"I was very pleased to see those efforts pay off in our best match of the season -- a playoff win vs. Brecksville.
"It will be sad to see these players move on, but they helped set the tone for some talented young players who are getting ready to step up to new roles.
"For all of our guys, whether here in Hudson or elsewhere, they move on knowing there is always more volleyball to be played. That is a great thing."