Over the years, the Hudson girls volleyball team has dealt with the merciless dungeon known as the Suburban League National Conference.
The Explorers have been beaten up by powerful conference rivals such as Wadsworth, Brecksville, North Royalton, Nordonia and Stow-Munroe Falls since the Suburban League expanded to a 15-team, two conference format four years ago.
Another conference foe has given Hudson some trouble too. That would be Twinsburg, which has been known to mess with the minds of its more talented opponents.
On Tuesday, the Tigers played some of their typical mind games with the Explorers early in the match. In the end, though, Hudson was not going to be denied.
The Explorers improved to 9-3 overall and 5-2 in the conference after earning a 16-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-20 victory over host Twinsburg.
As always, the Tigers made Hudson work. And work the Explorers did, practically until they dropped.
"It was a really hard-fought match against a good team that fights for every point," Hudson head coach Brad Disandis said. "They [the Tigers] came out very aggressively and put us to the test the first set.
"I love the way we responded to the challenge. We came back and won a close second set. It was another total team effort as we got contributions from everyone."
Amelia Hoffmeier kept plenty of rallies alive with 45 digs. She also had seven service points.
Morgan Gaeta finished with 16 digs, 14 service points, including three aces, and three kills and Page Gross had seven service points, six kills and four blocks for Hudson.
Brooke Ramlow performed her usual all-around routine with 15 assists, 15 digs, five kills and three blocks.
Also faring well for the Explorers were Allyson Yanak (nine kills, two digs and two blocks), Anna Faust (15 digs and eight service points), Rylyn Dearstine (six kills and three blocks), Cailynn Sullivan (six kills and three digs) and Melissa Hansen (22 assists).