n what was the first Tuesday in The 2022 Fall sports season, plenty of volleyball games were on the slate and some seasons got underway Tuesday evening. For The Garrettsville Garfield Lady G-Men, they look to build off a great 2021 season into this year. Garrettsville has also returned a number of their stat leaders from a season ago, their first conference opponent of the season? The LaBrae Vikings, a 15-10 volleyball team last year that pushed Garfield to five sets in both regular season meetings in 2021.
LaBrae lost a few of their top contributors; however, they return The Junior Triple-Double Threat in Rylee McDonough, who a season ago recorded 200+ Kills, Digs and Assists in 2021. On the other side, Garfield returned a pair of players with 200+ Kills in last year’s campaign in Montana McGranahan (278) and Gabby Barnard (279). Pair that with The Lady G-Men’s setter in Madeline Shirkey, who is always present in multiple areas of the box score.
It was that trio from Garfield that served as the biggest impact in their first matchup with The Vikings this season. Barnard, Shirkey and McGranahan all recorded double-doubles to open up the conference play. A competitive first set that fell the way of Garrettsville allowed them to take that momentum into a match victory of LaBrae in straight sets Tuesday night. Pushing The Lady G-Men to 2-1 on the year, while The Vikings drop to 0-1. Both teams are on the road Thursday, August 25th, as Garfield will be at Campbell and Labrae at Newton Falls to continue conference
Set 1: Garfield 25 – LaBrae 21
Set 2: Garfield 25 – LaBrae 16
Set 3: Garfield 25 – LaBrae 15
Player Stats (Garfield)
Madeline Shirkey- 3 Aces, 33 Assists, 12 Digs.
Gabby Barnard- 15 Kills, 18 Digs.
Montana McGranahan- 10 Kills, 12 Digs, 3 Aces.
Kyla Grace- 3 Aces, 21 Digs.
Hannah Kernig- 9 Kills.
Mandy Cardinal- 4 Kills, 2 Blocks.
Player Stats (LaBrae)
Riley McDonough- 4 Aces, 4 Kills, 1 Block, 6 Digs, 8 Assists.
Kalayah Bradley- 3 Kills, 1 Block, 3 Digs, 1 Assist.
Isa’acia Richardson-Box- 3 Kills, 8 Digs, 4 Assists.
Taylor Burns- 3 Kills, 2 Digs.
Marissa Levensky- 2 Kills, 3 Digs.
Rachel Krukowski- 1 Dig.
*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell
Postgame Interview With Ali Roach:
Postgame Interview With Madeline Shirkey: