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Going into Tuesday night, The Liberty Lady Leopards volleyball team were a team dubbed “The Cardiac Cats” for the amount of 5-set matches they have competed in this year. Traveling to Garfield, The Leopards looked to avenge a straight set loss to The Lady G-Men earlier this month. 

Coming off their fifth straight win, Garrettsville Garfield looked to extend their streak against a Liberty team that had just won back-to-back matches. Set 1 contained some back and forth in the beginning with the set drawing even at 4 points a piece early on. However, Garfield used a combined team effort with the addition of great serving to propel themselves past The Leopards and get the Set 1 victory. 

The Lady G-Men had no lapse in momentum from Set 1 to Set 2, as they opened up on a 7-0 run to take a commanding early advantage. It would happen to be a lead in which Garfield would never look back, as they captured a 17 point set win, firmly placing themselves ahead two sets to none. 

Garrettsville, again, would jump ahead early on Liberty the following set. With the combination of team defense fueling the offense, Garfield learned a lot about holding momentum throughout a match. As they would get the win in Set 3 and ultimately the match in straight sets against The Leopards. Liberty (8-7) will now look to host LaBrae (9-5) on Thursday, September 29th. Also on that day, Garfield (12-4) will do battle on the road against Newton Falls (3-11) in a couple of conference matchups. 

Set Scores

S1: Garfield 25 10 Liberty

S2: Garfield 25 – 8 Liberty

S3: Garfield 25 – 12 Liberty

Match: Garfield 3 – 0 Liberty

Stats (Garfield)

Montana McGranahan: 13 Kills, 7 Aces, 7 Digs.

Gabby Barnard: 9 Kills, 2 Blocks, 11 Digs.

Mandy Cardinal: 8 Kills, 3 Blocks, 1 Dig.

Madeline Shirkey: 5 Kills, 6 Aces, 1 Block, 4 Digs, 23 Assists. 

Kyla Grace: 15 Digs.

Lily Shay: 2 Kills.

Hannah Warren: 1 Kill, 1 Dig.

Addisyn Miller: 2 Aces.

Reese Shirkey: 1 Kill, 1 Ace, 1 Dig, 5 Assists. 

Stats (Liberty)

Lexi Muck: 4 Kills, 1 Ace, 5 Blocks.

Karlysha Williams: 2 Kills, 1 Dig.

Demi Watson: 2 Kills.

Mia Parker: 1 Kill, 2 Blocks, 5 Digs, 8 Assists, 1 Reception. 

Brianna Derenzis: 1 Kill, 7 Digs, 1 Assist, 6 Receptions.

Gabby Ranalli: 9 Digs, 29 Receptions.

Meadow Smith: 13 Receptions. 

Chloe Fleps: 5 Digs, 7 Receptions. 

Sarah Horn: 4 Receptions.

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell.

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