All season long, the goal of the Nordonia volleyball team has been to win the Suburban League National Conference championship.
"We’re still on track to accomplish that," Knights head coach Lori Snider said. "It’s still within reach, but we’re going to have to work really hard to do it. The girls really want it."
Snider’s squad just needs to keep doing what it has been doing: Winning.
Nordonia’s latest triumph came Thursday by a 25-13, 25-12, 25-12 score over visiting National Conference rival Cuyahoga Falls.
The Knights improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the conference.
"We played very consistently, which is what I like to see," said Snider. "Sometimes when you win the first two sets fairly easily, you tend to lose focus, but our girls didn’t do that and took care of business."
Leading the way for Nordonia was junior setter Riley Monroe, who had 22 assists and seven aces.
"We moved Riley to setting in the first three rotations rather than the last one, and she’s stepped up and has done a solid job of getting the ball to our hitters," Snider said. "I was really proud to see her step up. On her serves, her ball is just wicked."
Junior outside hitter Joy Banks had 10 kills.
"Joy leads us in kills in every single match," said the coach. "She’s hitting very well. Her timing was good with the setters. No matter who’s setting, Joy does her job very well."
Senior setter/outside hitter Madison Knight had nine kills, while senior libero Riley Watroba totaled eight digs.
Sophomore right-side hitter Megan Buckenmeyer contributed a block.
"Meagan has just recently moved up from the junior varsity team. She’s done a nice job," Snider said. "It was good to see her get a block. Offensively, she’s getting stronger as well. We just need to keep getting her reps, and hopefully we’ll see her continue to get better with each match."
On Sept. 10, Nordonia defeated conference rival Brecksville-Broadview Heights on the road 25-23, 25-23, 25-18.
"It was a good match, a little closer than I’d like it to have been, but Brecksville is always tough at home," said Snider. "I’m glad we were able to pull it out."
Knight led the way with 15 assists and five aces.
"Earlier this season, Madison broke the all-time school record for aces," Snider said. "It seems like she gets at least two or three aces per match and really sets the tone. And her aces seem to come at almost the perfect times. We might be down by a little bit, and she kinds of gets us going and gets us some momentum."
Watroba had a dozen digs, while sophomore middle hitter Mya Sopata amassed eight kills and three blocks.
"We moved Riley back to the libero position from right-side hitter not because she’s doing anything wrong hitting but because we just feel we need her in the back row, where she’s solid," said Snider. "She played libero the previous two years. She’s very talented.
"Mya continues to lead us every match in blocks. Offensively, her timing with Riley Monroe is getting a lot better. I think she’s getting more confident, and I think Riley is getting more confident setting Mya."
Nordonia is scheduled to play at North at home against Twinsburg Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
The Knights are scheduled to compete at the Mentor Power Tournament Sept. 21 and 22. On Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. they are set to travel to conference rival Wadsworth.