EUCLID—North volleyball coach Chelsey Regovich knew her team had its hands full in Tuesday’s Division I district semifinal against Mentor at Euclid High School. The Cardinals entered the match with a 19-4 record and two future Division I college players in Alexis Falzone and Teagan Ochaya, who will play at Toledo and Akron, respectively.
Despite a 3-0 setback that ended the Rangers’ season, Regovich was pleased with what she saw out of her players.
“That’s not how we wanted to end it but I think they definitely showed a lot,” Regovich said. “At one point we were up in the second set and we kept fighting hard, but we lost it toward the end of the third game. Overall, when you look at the whole game, I think they put up a good fight and played very well. I think they did pretty well going up against two girls who are going to Division I schools. I’m very proud.”
Mentor won 25-18, 25-18, 25-11.
The Rangers closed out the season with a 16-9 record.
“Overall, it was a great season,” Regovich said. “There were some ups and downs but it was a great group of experienced players. We had a lot of talent that took us to the district semifinals.”
Senior Samantha Pirosko closed out her career with a team-high 10 kills and tied juniors Taylor Valaitis and Jill Borthwick for the team lead in digs with 15.
As a Ranger, Pirosko recorded 702 kills, 104 aces, 95 blocks and 932 digs in 298 sets played while classmate Maria Blatnik, a Lake Erie College commitment, posted 633 kills, 284 blocks, 424 digs and 62 aces in 329 sets over four years.
“We’re going to miss those two seniors for sure,” Regovich said. “They gave a lot to this team. It was nice to see how much they’ve grown and seeing what kind of great players they have become.”
Junior Lindsey Mausser, a Clarion University commitment, recorded eight kills and a team-high three blocks in the loss.
She’ll be counted on next year to fill the shoes of Pirosko and Blatnik.
“We have Lindsey Mausser coming back; she’s a big hitter,” Regovich said. “We’ll definitely have a younger team next year. Hopefully, they’re ready to work hard.”
Falzone led the Cardinals with 16 kills and also contributed with four aces and four blocks. Ochaya pitched in with 15 kills and eight digs and Alexa Cundy recorded 32 assists and six digs.