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CANFIELD OH- The Canfield Cardinals knew coming in to the 2022 season they would have to revamp their offense. It’s a good thing that they brought back their setter. Riley Kinkade knows what it takes to win at this level of volleyball. With new faces needing to step up in bigger roles, they can rest assured Kinkade will get them in the right spot.

The position of setter can be overlooked at times. Sets aren’t flashy, they don’t end points, and assists don’t show up first in the stat sheet. But in all reality, setters are the reason an offense works. They are your quarterbacks on the court, and Riley is one of the best in town.  Kinkade has sights set on 1,000 career assists this season. As the games go on she gets ever closer. Talking to her fellow seniors, they are all hoping they are the ones that finish her 1000th assist.  Their commitment to get her to that milestone is the biggest example of what kind of leader Riley is, and what she means to the players around her.

Riley was able to join YSN’s Running Point this week to talk about her senior season.  She talks with Anthony Hartwig, and Richie Juliano about what it means to have this last season with her fellow seniors, setting up this offense, and much more.  Don’t miss the latest Canfield Volleyball Player Profile only on YSN.

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CANFIELD OH- The matchup between Canfield and Fitch was one of the most anticipated matchups on the 2020 volleyball schedule. This match lived up to the hype as Fitch pulled off a dramatic comeback to beat Canfield in 5 sets (18-25 23-25 25-20 25-17 15-12).

The first set started off back and forth. It didn’t seem like either team was going to get a rally that was more than 2 points. That changed in the middle of the set when some key mistakes by the Falcons gave Canfield a cushioned lead, and eventually a dominating set 1 win 25-18.

Canfield carries that momentum into set two storming ahead 15-8. But with Ella Sahli serving, Fitch went on an 8-0 rally to take a 16-15 lead. The set would be back and forth from that point on, but Abbie Householder made some key plays to help the Cardinals pull out the 25-23 set and take a controlling 2-0 lead in the match.

For most teams it would be hard to bounce back from losing such a close set and be down 2-0. But the Falcons have strong senior leadership to keep them composed. Emma Bartlett did a fantastic job getting her streaky hitters the ball at the right time. The third set was the perfect time for Alyssa Leskovac to get hot. She made more than her fair share of solid swings in set three and four to help Fitch take both sets 25-20, and 25-17.

Fitch has all the momentum in set five. However, Canfield still came out scrappy. Grace Rosko continued to be a strong presence at the net. Householder still swung strong as well. It was the serving of Chelsie Wheeler, and Sahli down the stretch that helped the Falcons keep the Cardinals off balance. Sahli would end the match with an ace. Fitch completed the comeback with a 15-12 win in set five.

Fitch has three hitters with double digit kills. Chelsie Wheeler led the Falcons with 12. Alex Fisher, and Alyssa Leskovac each had 11. Cate Maguire has 7 blocks in the front row. Leskovac completed her double double with not just 11 kills, but also 14 digs. Bartlett also finished with a double-double with 42 assists and 17 digs.

Householder led the Cardinals with 24 kills.  Rosko had 13 kills and 5 blocks. Alaina Havrilla had a strong night with 8 kills. Riley Kinkade finished with 17 assists.

Fitch will move on to host Boardman on Tuesday. Canfield will travel to Highland on Saturday.


CANFIELD OH- Coming in to Monday, all of Canfield volleyball’s wins have been in five sets. That would not change tonight as Canfield took another thriller to beat Coventry 3-2. (25-27 25-13 25-15 22-25 15-13).

Sometimes you can tell how a varsity match will go by watching the JV game before it. If both JV teams are playing at a high level and competing its a solid bet that varsity will be a great match as well. That was the way things went Monday night. The JV’s went three sets in high level volleyball. The first set of varsity lived up to the hype the younger players put on it. A back and forth bout in set one where Canfield led 9-4, and then saw Coventry come back. No lead after the Comets came back surpassed two points. It took two points for the Comets to win set one 27-25.

Canfield responded nicely dominating sets two, and three. Abbie Householder caught fire and led the Cardinals to 25-13, and 25-15 wins. It seemed as if the Cardinals were going to sail to a four set victory.

However, the Comets had other plans. One of their better hitters, Brooke Mirka started to find a groove. She had 5 kills in the set and led the Comets to a 25-22 set four victory to force a decisive set five.

Min that set five, Canfield trailed 8-4 before rattling off eight straight points to lead 12-8. Then, the Comets came back and tied the set at 12-12. The Cardinals dig deep and found a way to win 15-13. Grace Rosko ended the match with a kill through the middle.

Householder led the Cardinals with 23 kills. Rosko was also in double digit kills with 11. Riley Kinkade led with 21 assists. Ally Quirk added 15.