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Twinsburg volleyball showing progress despite loss to Stow

by Steve Batko | Correspondent Published: October 5, 2016 12:00 AM

Making progress also occurs in a defeat and that's part of growing as a team -- something Twinsburg's volleyball squad has learned this season.

The Tigers have battled to register a 4-11 overall record against a strong schedule.

Youthful Twinsburg played at Stow-Munroe Falls Sept. 28 in a Suburban League National Conference and lost 26-24, 15-25, 24-26, 16-25.

"We continue to make positive progress on and off the court," said head coach Tonia Brennen. "The team is jelling now."

Junior outside hitter Bella Varga had a great overall match against the Bulldogs (11-6) as she had 20 kills, 19 digs, two blocks, and one service ace.

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Marie Piccone, a senior libero, excelled on the defensive end and posted 31 digs at James G. Tyree Gymnasium.

Senior defensive specialist Shelbi Netzband posted one ace for the Tigers, as did sophomore outside hitter Simone Gest, who had a big game with 18 digs and nine kills.

Junior middle blocker Annaiya Ruffin had 11 kills for Twinsburg while junior setter Cassady Liotta played exceptional with 47 assists.

"Playing well right now is Varga, Gest, Ruffin, Liotta, and Piccone," pointed out the mentor. The other senior on the roster is Jenna Ames (right side/middle blocker).

Twinsburg hosts Hudson in league action Oct. 5, competes in the Mayfield Tournament Oct. 8, hosts Nordonia in Oct. 10, and plays at Cuyahoga Falls in a league match Oct. 13.

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"I look for us to surprise some people in the tournament," said Brennen, alluding to the Solon Division I sectional tournament draw Oct. 9 "We will see what happens at the seed meeting."

The Lady Tigers, who returned just two players from last year's 13-9 squad, started the fall 0-7 and has played .500 since then as the athletes continue to gel.

Teams at Solon include Aurora, Bedford, Brecksville, Garfield Heights, Cleveland John Adams, Cleveland John F. Kennedy, Kenston, Maple Heights, Cleveland Max Hayes, Nordonia, Cleveland Rhodes, and Solon.

Twinsburg has captured three straight sectional championships.

In junior varsity action, Twinsburg beat Stow 19-25, 25-22, 25-9.

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