In athletics, final scores can be deceiving. Sometimes, it can be how you look at it.

Take the Sept. 7 Suburban League National Conference volleyball match between Nordonia and host Brecksville-Broadview Heights.

The Knights lost 25-15, 25-17, 25-9.

However, Nordonia head coach Lori Snider was more than happy with her team’s performance.

"I think we played, at times, the best we’ve played all season," she said. "We were right in the match those first two sets, but then we had breakdowns. We’ve got to learn how to finish.

"Now, granted, we were playing a defending [Division I] state champ. Brecksville is a very good team, there’s no denying that.

"They’ve got a couple good hitters, they’re ball control is good … we got beaten by a better team, but I feel like, as a team, taking the third set out of the equation, we got better against Brecksville.

"It was a fun match to coach. My team played so hard, and they didn’t give up. Everybody played well."

Sophomore libero Riley Watroba led the way for Nordonia with 14 digs and a 2.4 rating in serve receives.

"Riley had the best match I’ve ever seen her play," said Snider.

Junior setter Emily Chrustic had 13 assists and junior middle blocker Megan Alders had 10 kills and a block.

Freshman middle blocker Joy Banks had an ace and a block, while sophomore outside hitter Madison Knight served up an ace.

Snider said sophomore right side hitter Dominique Evans and senior defensive specialist Carly Adams also played well.

On Sept. 5 Nordonia fell at home to Stow-Munroe Falls, another National Conference rival, 25-16, 25-11, 25-17.

"We simply didn’t come ready to play," said Snider. "We were flat. And Stow came in with a game plan, they were ready to play, they played well and they’re well-coached."

Faith Banks had 14 digs and 13 assists. Joy Banks, Faith’s sister, had 8 kills and a block.

Madison Knight totaled 9 serves, and Andrea Perney had an ace.

Nordonia is scheduled to host National Conference rival Cuyahoga Falls Sept. 12.

The Knights are scheduled to play at conference foe North Royalton Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

They are set to compete in the Independence tournament Sept. 16 at 10 a.m., and they are scheduled to travel to conference rival Twinsburg Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

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