Girls Varsity Volleyball · Rangers open WRC tournament with win over Chardon

North opened the Western Reserve Conference tournament with a thrilling five-set win over Chardon at Riverside on Thursday.

The Rangers advanced to play top-seeded Riverside on Tuesday.

“We went to five with them during the season so we knew going into today it was going to be tough,” said North coach Samantha Muzic. “They’re very good defensively so we had to commit to our plan and offensively play our game. We played a little too safe in the sets we lost, but I was proud of how we always came back to cut the deficits.”

North won the match 25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 23-25, 15-11.

“Chardon is a good team; it was a good battle,” said senior Lindsey Mausser, who finished with 21 kills and nine blocks. “With the win, we can take the momentum into our next game against Riverside.”

Jill Borthwick contributed with 20 kills and 25 digs, Julia Kerns pitched in with six blocks and four kills, Anna Cook recorded 10 digs and Dhvani Patel finished with 23 digs.

“Offensively, we were able to spread the ball out and hitters like Julia, Kaitlyn (Mastroianni), Olivia (Oostdyk) and Abby (Carter) were able to make a huge impact in these sets,” Muzic said. “Then when you add Jill and Lindsey into the mix, it’s awesome to see our setters able to kind of run whatever they want to put us in a position to win.”

The Rangers, who fell to Riverside in their regular season matchup, 3-1, hope to hand the Beavers their first conference loss.

“When we play our game, good things happen,” Mausser said.