Medina tops Holley in volleyball opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 September 2022 at 8:47 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Addison Paul goes up to spike during this evening’s season opener as Gabriella Houseknecht (9) and Cadence Lujan (7) go up to try and block for visiting Holley. Maggie Skehan backs up the play for the Lady Hawks.

Medina scored a straight set 25-11, 25-23, 25-20 win over visiting Holley this evening in a non league season opening volleyball match.

Hailey Wilkins had s key run of 9 straight service points (7-15), including 4 aces, to spark Medina to the opening set win. Lorelei Sanders scored points 22-24, including 2 aces, to help lock up the win.

Trailing 22-18, Medina rallied to take the second set as Addison Paul served up points 19-23, including 2 aces, and Sanders served up the set winner as a spiking kill by Destiny Richardson polished off the point.

Medina had jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the set as Phallon Rivera scored points 2-5 on 4 aces, and Kylie Poynter added points 7-11 including 4 aces.

However, Holley came battling back to first tie the set at 12-12 after a run of 7 straight points by Tia Hoffarth. including 4 aces, and then to take a 22-17 lead as Cadence Lujan scored points 17-22, including an ace.

Medina though took 8 of the final 9 points to take the set and a 2-0 lead in the match.

The decisive third set saw Medina jump out to a 13-6 lead as Richardson served up points 8-13, including 2 aces.

Holley again came battling back to rally into a 19-17 lead as Hoffarth served up points 17-19.

The Mustangs though again answered the challenge to win 8 of the next 9 points to lock up the set and the match. Poynter served up points 19-22 and Richardson 24 and 25 registering an an ace for the set winner.

Sanders had a total of 5 aces, Wilkins, Rivera and Poynter 4 each and Richardson 3 for Medina whir Hoffarth had 4 and Ava Quincey 3 for Holley.

Field Hockey

Iroquois scored twice in each quarter to defeat Medina 8-0 in a non league field hockey game this evening at Vets Park.

Holley’s Tia Hoffarth dives for a return as Ava Quincey supports.