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Following back-to-back losses to Crestview and a heartbreaker to Berkshire, The Garrettsville Garfield Lady G-Men have now won 9 of their last 10 sets, all of which have come in their conference. There is no doubt that as long as The Crestview Lady Rebels are in The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference’s (MVAC) Gray Tier, they will be the team to beat. 

However, The Lady G-Men are the same team that came in second place last year with a chance at first. This season is much of the same, with Garfield’s hopes of a conference championship still alive. Speaking of champions, Garretsville had to make the conference trip out to Warren, Ohio on Thursday to face The Flashes.

The previous meeting between Garfield and Champion went to The Lady G-Men, but not without a tough fight from The Flashes. However, this time around Garfield made very few mistakes throughout the night. With an incredible team hitting percentage of .576, Garfield left little on the table in way of offense. Taking Set 1 by a convincing 9 points, Garretsville set the tone early on. 

Despite the scrappiness and fight The Flashes brought, The Lady G-Men took the succeeding two sets by 5 points in Set 2 and 6 points in Set 3 respectively. Madeline Shirkey, coming off her 1500th career assist, added 30 more in Garfield’s straight set win over Champion. 

Champion (6-8), looking to get back on their feet, will face off with Waterloo (3-8) when they travel to Atwater on Monday, September 26th. Garrettsville (10-4) will now entertain Streetsboro (6-9) on Saturday, September 24th when they welcome in The Rockets!

Set Scores

Garfield 25 – 14 Champion 

Garfield 25 – 20 Champion

Garfield 25 – 19 Champion

Stats (Garfield)

Montana McGranahan: 13 Kills, 2 Aces, 1 Block, 5 Digs. 

Gabby Barnard: 10 Kills, 2 Aces, 6 Digs.

Hannah Kernig: 7 Kills, 1 Ace, 3 Blocks, 1 Dig. 

Madeline Shirkey: 1 Kill, 3 Aces, 1 Block, 30 Assists, 11 Digs. 

Mandy Cardinal: 5 Kills.

Lily Shay: 2 Kills, 2 Assists, 3 Digs.

Hannah Warren: 1 Kill, 4 Aces, 1 Block, 1 Assist, 1 Dig.

Kyla Grace: 2 Aces, 16 Digs. 

Addisyn Miller: 6 Digs.

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell.

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