Using good tempo and team chemistry, the Twinsburg High volleyball squad collected a pair of post season victories in a span of three days.
As the fifth seed, Twinsburg used a convincing 3-0 win over fourth seed Maple Heights to propel the Tigers to the Solon Division I District semifinals.
The Tigers bested Maple 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 in a sectional championship Thursday to set up a rematch from league play against top seed Nordonia (20-3) Tuesday.
Twinsburg is 10-13 overall after beating Maple Heights (20-4).
"Our game plan this week was to maintain our tempo and our style of play," explained head coach Jess Rader. "It was a great win in the sectional finals and an awesome team effort."
If the Tigers upset Nordonia, they would play Oct. 26 in the district final at Solon at 4 p.m. Solon, the second seed, met Brecksville (third seed) in the other Solon semifinal.
For Nordonia, Rader was focusing in practice on service receive and on defense.
"When we saw them (the Knights) during the regular season, they served really aggressively and we had a hard time getting into an offensive rhythm," stated Rader.
Junior Bryanna Curry came up huge against the Mustangs as she posted nine kills and had five blocks.
"Bree had a fantastic game with nine kills on only 13 attempts," said Rader.
"Against Maple Heights, we felt like their advantage was at the net with their height and blocking so we tried to run and quicker offense and keep their blockers on their toes," the coach explained. "Our setters and hitters really worked hard to be efficient offensively."
Senior Alyssa Willis was a factor with 19 digs for the Tigers.
Carissa Tanner, a junior setter, had 13 assists.
In the first round, Twinsburg beat 12th seed Warren Harding 25-12, 25-7, 25-11.
Senior Ally Schank stood out with 17 points, five service aces, and 12 assists for the Tigers. Sophomore defensive specialist Lilly Piccolo registered 11 digs in the victory and Willis had three blocks. Curry led with seven kills against the Raiders (2-20).
"We felt like if we could play consistently, especially in serve and serve receive, we had a very good chance of winning, and we executed well," explained Rader.