You know you’re doing pretty well when your head coach talks about bouncing back from a win.
The Nordonia volleyball team had defeated Suburban League National Conference rival Stow-Munroe Falls Oct. 1 on the road 25-20, 25-18, 25-22.
Two nights later, the Knights beat visiting National Conference rival Brecksville-Broadview Heights 25-18, 25-14, 25-19.
Nordonia improved to 17-3 overall and 11-1 in the National Conference. The Knights are tied with Wadsworth for first place.
"We didn’t play bad against Stow, but I just didn’t feel like we played our normal game," Nordonia head coach Lori Snider said. "So it was nice to see the girls come back and play the way they did against Brecksville.
"I would’ve liked us to have finished the match a little bit sooner, but that’s okay. We were trying a few different things. With the tournament coming up, we wanted to get a couple different looks in some of the serve-receive rotations. We played well, we played consistent. I liked that match, I liked what I saw from us."
Senior setter/outside hitter Madison Knight led the way for Nordonia with 26 assists and four aces.
"Madison is our first server, clearly for a reason. She serves aggressive," said Snider. "She’s also a leader on the court. She runs the show."
Senior right-side hitter Riley Watroba had 25 digs, while junior outside hitter Joy Banks totaled 18 kills.
"Riley was on fire. That girl is everywhere," Snider said. "I feel like there was one particular rally where she probably had five digs in that rally alone. When she is on, she is on. She’s really fun to watch."
Sophomore middle hitter Mya Sopata and junior middle hitter Aleana Mason each had two blocks.
"Mya consistently comes in and blocks, gets us points when we need them," said the coach. "She has an aggressive serve. She had a lot of energy in this match. I think she kind of set the tone for our energy that night. She’s just young and excited."
According to Snider, the win over Stow was a very competitive match.
"Stow played really well. They put up a really good fight against us," she said. "I think we were a little bit slow that match, but we stayed the course and pulled it out."
Banks had 13 kills, 10 digs and three aces.
"Joy has been great on offense most of the season, but recently she’s been stepping up her defensive game as well, and her offense is not falling off at all," said Snider. "I think she’s just starting to get into her groove. That’s good to see."
Junior setter Riley Monroe recorded 20 assists.
"I talk about how much time our setters put in, and I think it’s starting to really pay off for Riley," Snider said. "I think she’s gaining more confidence in her ability to set balls that are in system and balls that are tight to the net."
Mason had two blocks.
"Aleana has been kind of a wall all season up at the net," said Snider. "And sometimes I think blocking can get overlooked a little bit because a block is not just a block in the stat book. Aleana has got to set up the block, she’s forcing hitters to hit into our defense, and she’s been consistently doing that all season."
Nordonia is scheduled to play at National Conference rival Cuyahoga Falls Tuesday
The Knights are set to conclude the regular season at home against conference rival North Royalton on Senior Night Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Nordonia is the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Solon Division I sectional-district tournament. The Knights have received a first-round bye. They are scheduled to play the winner of eighth-seeded Cleveland Rhodes and ninth-seeded Garfield Heights Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.