SOLON OH- The Austintown Fitch Lady Falcons, coming off a dramatic win over The Aurora Lady Greenmen, were set to square off in a Halloween eve matchup with The Chardon Lady Hilltoppers.
The only thing scary about the Saturday match was how good both defenses were. Getting into extensively long volleys back and forth with each other in set 1. There were multiple ties and lead changes throughout.
Chardon went on a huge run in the middle of the set, one that saw them capture a 22-11 lead on The Lady Falcons, before Fitch could end the run.
Austintown fought hard, but the lead was too much to overcome. As Chardon was victorious in set 1 by a score of 25-18.
By the next set, Jocelyn Jourdan and The Lady Falcons rode their momentum all the way to a 9-3 lead to start set 2.
The Lady Hilltoppers, with a hill to climb, battled back to take the lead 18-13. Thanks in part to some great net defense by Chardon.
Fitch scored twice out of the final timeout used by Coach Bartlett to trim the lead and get the serve. However, as Chardon has all season, they battled back. As the score was 22-20 Chardon in the late stages of set 2.
Fitch had the serve, trailing by two, The Lady Falcons were able to score once before The Lady Hilltoppers claimed a 24-21 lead.
The Lady Falcons once again battled their way to a single point deficit 24-23. That was until Emma McCartney finished it with a set-winning kill to put Chardon over 25-23.
Austintown for the second straight game in the tournament had their backs against the wall, down in sets 0-2 to Chardon.
The Hilltoppers struck quickly for a 11-4 advantage over Fitch in the third set. But if you know The Lady Falcons, you know the word “quit” is not in their nature. As they battled their way back into the set, trailing by just a point 12-13.
Chardon did a great job of halting the momentum of Fitch, retaking a 17-12 lead. Austintown once again slithered their way back into the game once again, as they trailed Chardon 16-17.
Some miss-timed swings by Fitch allowed Chardon to see their four point lead return 20-16.
Fitch used their last timeout of the set to talk things over, with the magic number for Chardon being five.
The score was 24-19 in favor of Chardon, with Austintown having the serve. However, it was just not Fitch’s day. As The Lady Hilltoppers were able to get into their offense and seal the straight set victory 25-19.
In what was certainly a magical season for The 2021 Lady Falcons. One that saw countless records broken, dozens of nail-biting finishes, and most importantly, memories that will last a lifetime.
Set 1: Chardon 25 – Fitch 18
Set 2: Chardon 25 – Fitch 23
Set 3: Chardon 25 – Fitch 19
Jocelyn Jourdan: 24 Kills, 6 Digs.
Alyssa Leskovac: 5 Kills, 10 Digs, 2 Assists.
Erin Burke: 2 Kills, 5 Digs, 15 Assists, 2 Aces.
Ella Sahli: 7 Digs, 2 Assists, 1 Ace.
Sammi Misik: 3 Digs, 3 Assists, 1 Ace.
Afton Roby: 1 Dig, 1 Ace.
Julia Jordan: 1 Kill, 2 Digs, 1 Assist.
Jordan Smith: 1 Kill, 2 Assists.
*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell