Lorain Titans fall to North Olmsted Eagles in sectional semifinals

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Lorain's Alexis Castro, right, tips the ball away from North Olmsted's Dana Borsz in the first game of Monday night’s match at Midview High School. The Titans lost in four sets.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Lorain's Destiny Wilson, left, and Alexis Castro miss on a block during Monday night's match against North Olmsted.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Lorain's Kayla Lurry, center, blows the ball past North Olmsted's Tia McCord, left, and Amelia Lingruen in the first game of Monday night’s match.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Lorain's Destiny Wilson blocks a shot in the first game of last night's match against North Olmsted.

EATON TWP. — The Lorain Titans’ volleyball season ended prematurely, as they were ousted in the first round of the sectional tournament by North Olmsted at Midview High School 26-24, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20.

The Titans started off well, and looked to be in control of the first game before things went awry. Lorain led early 14-5 and then the bottom fell out of it.

“I think that North Olmsted picked up the pace a bit, and then it was us trying to adjust to get it back,” Lorain coach Lynne Rositano said. “We started strong, but just couldn’t keep it all the way through.”

The Eagles scored 15 of the next 21 points to tie the game at 20. The Titans battled back, but North Olmsted had the momentum and finished the game off.

“I told our girls, ‘They called the first time out,’” North Olmsted coach Jason Krucek said. “We weren’t worried. We were having a little trouble, but we knew we’d work things out.”

The Titans came out strong again in the second game, though this time they couldn’t push the lead to more than a couple points for most of the match. The teams traded serves, but finally Lorain looked to take control when they pushed the lead to 20-15.

They almost blew another lead. The Eagles pulled to within one a couple times at 23-22 and then 24-23 before the Titans were able to close the game out.

Unfortunately for Lorain, the emotional ups and downs of the first two games caught up with them in the third.

North Olmsted came out and pounded the Titans behind the hitting of junior Tia McCord and senior Dana Borsz. McCord led the Eagles with 19 kills, while Borsz notched 15 for the match.

“We won the second match, so we were able to pick up and play to North Olmsted’s speed,” Rositano said. “In the third game though, it fell apart. We were able to make a run late, but by then it was too late.”

The Titans did indeed make a run late. Trailing 20-7, they fought back and scored 11 of the next 16 points, but weren’t able to finish off a comeback win.

Lorain looked to regroup in the fourth game, and shake off a bad third game. The Titans led for most of the beginning of the game, but the Eagles kept answering.

North Olmsted began to pull away after taking a 15-14 lead. Soon the lead ballooned out to 21-16.

Again the Titans did everything they could to pull themselves back into the match, but fell just short at 25-20.

The Lorain big hitters still played a solid match. Alexis Castro had 13 kills and 10 blocks in her final high school match. Kayla Lurry added 11 kills, and Marlena Guice had 7.

Serena Rodrigues had 33 assists in the match, while Kaelyn Gonzalez was 12 of 13 serving with an ace. Gonzalez and Guice each added 6 digs on the night.

“I think our girls played tough,” Rositano said. “The games were fairly close, We just couldn’t keep up with their two outside hitters.”

The Titans finished the season at 17-6.



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Last Updated: 10/16/2012 12:04:37 PM EST

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