North opened the postseason with a dominating three-set sweep of Shaw in a Division I sectional semifinal at Euclid High School on Tuesday.
The Rangers won 25-7, 25-8, 25-4 in advancing to Thursday’s sectional championship game against Western Reserve Conference rival Madison.
“It was a great game to see all the girls stay focused,” said North coach Chelsey Regovich. “All got to play and have some fun.”
North is 2-0 against Madison this season.
The Rangers won at Madison on Aug. 31, 3-0, and then beat the Blue Streaks 3-1 in the WRC tournament on Oct. 5. Round 3 is scheduled to tip at 7:00 p.m.
“It’s a great feeling to start out my final postseason with a win,” said senior Maria Blatnik. “It was great to see our reserves gain valuable playoff experience.”
That experience paid off as the Rangers dominated all facets of the match.
“Offensively, we served very well and kept the pressure on,” Blatnik said. “Defensively, our back row was all on the same page and ready to get every ball.”
Samantha Pirosko recorded five kills, 38 service points and was 39-of-40 from the line with 13 aces.
“We are all very excited to start the postseason with a win,” Pirosko said. “It gives us confidence and energy for our next game.”
Julia Kerns pitched in with five kills and was 13-for-13 from the service line with six points while Lindsey Mausser contributed with three kills and was 7-for-7 from the line with six points and three aces.