It had been six years since the Woodridge volleyball team had beaten Portage Trail Conference Metro Division rival Streetsboro.
The Bulldogs ended that cold streak Tuesday at home with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-16 victory over the Rockets. Woodridge improved to 5-6 overall and 3-2 in the Metro Division.
"We were so on with everything," Woodridge head coach Katie Cicione said. "I think the fact that we got our first win against Streetsboro in so long speaks volumes of what we have to offer this year. It was a really great win."
Leading the way for the Bulldogs was senior libero Lily Bowman, who had 14 digs and two aces.
"Lily is in during every single play," said Cicione, "and she averages about two mistakes per set, which is awesome. She’s just consistent, she’s our communication and our defense does not work without her. Everything revolves around her. She’s played awesome this season."
Junior defensive specialist/setter Sarah Abood had 14 digs, 12 assists and three aces.
"I think there’s a lot of pressure on Sarah’s shoulders within our offense," Cicione said. "She ran our offense really well. I don’t think we give enough praise to her. She’s doing a really good job."
Junior all-around player Mya Lathem had 13 kills, nine digs and three aces. Freshman outside/right-side hitter Anna Laczo totaled nine kills, six digs and three aces.
Senior right-side hitter Bailey Thompson had seven digs, six aces and four kills, while junior setter Alyssa Speakman amassed 16 assists.
Junior middle/outside hitter Bella McBride had six kills, three digs and two aces, junior defensive specialist Jordan Ritterbeck had seven digs and senior middle hitter Jacierra Arnett had three kills and a pair of blocks.
Woodridge began the week Sept. 5 with a 25-14, 25-20, 25-15 loss to visiting Metro rival Coventry.
"Coventry is the defending Metro champion. They’re definitely the top dog in our conference," said Cicione. "Going into the match, we knew that we had to compete. We did really well in the second set, but at this point in the season Coventry is just a little more established than we are.
"It was a really good learning match. We took a lot from it. We have some maturing to do within our offense before we see Coventry the second time around."
Lathem had 13 kills, 11 digs and three aces, while Laczo recorded nine kills, four digs and two aces.
"Mya is very consistent. When everything was there, she made good plays," the coach said. "Anna is our ‘it kid.’ She’s consistent. She stuck with it and competed really well."
Bowman had 16 digs and two aces, Speakman totaled 15 assists and Abood notched 13 assists.
McBride had six kills, three aces and two blocks, and Thompson had five digs, four kills and two aces.
Arnett had four kills and two blocks, and Ritterbeck amassed five digs.
On Saturday, Woodridge hosted a tri-match with Cuyahoga Falls and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
First, the Bulldogs defeated the Black Tigers 22-25, 25-16, 25-19.
"I think we underestimated Cuyahoga Falls going into the match," said Cicione. "We changed a few things going in, but they didn’t work out, so in the second set we went back to the lineup we’re used to, and we just executed really well the rest of the way."
Thompson had 11 digs and five kills.
"Bailey’s defense has just been really on," Cicione said. "She was consistent the entire match, and that helped the entire team."
Abood had 15 assists, five digs, three kills and three aces. Lathem had 12 kills, 11 digs and two aces.
Laczo totaled 14 kills, four digs and three aces, Speakman recorded 18 assists and Bowman amassed 13 digs and four aces.
McBride had seven digs, six kills and two aces, and Arnett had four kills and two blocks.
Later in the day, Woodridge fell to CVCA 20-25, 25-22 25-15.
"It was a tough loss," said the coach. "We were just neck-and-neck the whole match. I don’t think we’ve ever played such an evenly matched team. It came down to who made more errors, and unfortunately we had more."
McBride had six kills, four digs and three aces.
"CVCA just really couldn’t block Bella. She’s the power of our offense," Cicione said. "Everything has clicked for her this season. Her volleyball IQ has really increased."
Abood had 13 assists, 11 digs and two aces. Lathem had 13 digs, nine kills and three aces.
Laczo had 11 digs, eight kills and two aces, while Bowman recorded 14 digs and three aces.
Speakman had 16 assists, Thompson totaled nine digs and four kills and Arnett had three kills.
Woodridge is scheduled to play at Field Tuesday and at Cloverleaf next Thursday.