There are still plenty of formidable opponents lurking on the schedule.

But the Explorers have accomplished something it hadn’t achieved since the Suburban League expanded to a 15-team, two-conference format.

The Hudson girls volleyball team has a winning record in conference play.

The host Explorers improved to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the Suburban League National

Conference after earning a convincing 25-19, 25-12, 25-17 victory over Cuyahoga Falls. The match took place Tuesday at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.

The Black Tigers were very competitive for much of the first and third sets, respectively. Falls had a knack for digging nearly impossible balls to keep rallies alive.

At times, the Black Tigers’ blue-collar magic seemed to throw off the taller, deeper and more athletic Hudson players.

In the end, though, the Explorers put matters to rest with a strong finish.

Led by Page Gross, Hudson ended the match with an 11-4 run. Gross had eight kills and two blocks to lead the Explorers’ front-row attack.

Cailynn Sullivan and Allyson Yanak each added seven kills and two blocks and Brooke Ramlow was Hudson’s usual versatile self with 17 assists, 15 service points, eight digs and four kills.

Morgan Gaeta also had a strong all-around performance with 15 service points, including six aces, and nine digs.

Others who fared well for the Explorers were Amelia Hoffmeier (16 digs and two aces), Anna Faust (five digs and two aces), Rylyn Dearstine (four kills and two blocks) and Melissa Hansen (16 assists).

Left-handed front-row ace Olivia Lemmon led Falls with nine kills and Hope Cuppett added four kills for the Black Tigers.

Kaelyn Staples finished with nine digs and four kills and Maddie Gibbons contributed 17 assists.