No. 4 North gave top-seeded Riverside all it could handle before the Beavers pulled out a five-set win in the Division I Euclid District semifinals on Tuesday.
Riverside won 20-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-9, 15-11 and advanced to Saturday’s district championship match against Mentor.
“The girls literally gave me and their teammates everything they had tonight,” North coach Samantha Muzic said. “They knew our plan going in and they did everything in their power to execute it. Some points fell short but that’s the nature of this game. We’ve come a long way in two months and I’m just so proud of the effort that was shown tonight.”
The Rangers closed out the season with a 17-8 record.
They lost to Riverside in four sets twice during the regular season. North saved its best for when it counted most.
“Over the season, I think they just believed in my coaching style and knew what I saw from them in Day 1,” Muzic said. “They’ve learned a lot in a short period of time but they bought in and really ran with the tools I was trying to provide them.”
Jill Borthwick led North with 20 kills and 19 digs and Lindsey Mausser contributed with 13 kills, six digs and four blocks and Dhvani Patel pitched in with 22 digs.
“Our seniors played a huge role in today,” Muzic said. “They led us from the beginning and showed what it takes to win. We’ll lose a huge part of us with the graduation of every single senior and I know and hope our underclassmen are ready to step in their shoes and take the reins so we can only go up from here.”