It was a simple case of one team overmatching the other.
The Tallmadge volleyball team defeated Suburban League American Conference rival Barberton 25-21, 25-12, 25-20 Sept. 12 at James O. Maddox Court.
"Barberton has some nice hitters, but we were able to do a little experimenting and we played well," Blue Devils head coach Jim Maloof said.
On Tuesday, Tallmadge lost to American Conference foe Highland 25-22, 19-25, 27-25, 25-21 in Granger Township.
With the loss, the Blue Devils dropped to 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
In the win over the Magics, Tallmadge senior setter/outside-opposite hitter Amelia Perdue had a monster match. She finished with 23 service points, 16 assists and six aces.
"Amelia’s numbers kind of speak for themselves," Maloof said. "She did an absolutely fantastic job. Behind that service line, she hit her zones and hit them well. She gave us a great advantage."
Sophomore setter Ellie Kirker had 16 assists. Senior outside hitter Sydney Kirker, Ellie’s sister, had 11 kills, while junior libero Kelsie Horner totaled 11 digs.
"Ellie spread the ball out really well and put our hitters in a position to get the kills," Maloof said.
Senior middle/outside hitter/setter Katie Seeker hung up three blocks.
"Katie does a great job," Maloof said. "At the net, she brings a big presence and does a great job blocking. She has a great sense of where that ball is going to go and she times it very well. It helps defensively as we can set up around the opponent’s block and gives us some flexibility at the net."
According to the coach, the match with Highland was so close that it could have gone either way.
"Unfortunately, it didn’t fall our way," he said. "At Monday’s practice, more than half the team was missing due to the flu. But they came out and actually played pretty well. You could tell they weren’t at full steam, but it was nice to see them get out there and fight through it.
Horner had 22 digs, and Sydney Kirker amassed 18 kills.
"Kelsie had a great match," Maloof said. "She got in there, was in the right positions and made the plays when she needed to make them.
"Sydney does a great job hitting. It’s exciting watching her put that ball away."
Ellie Kirker totaled 23 assists.