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Kenston Seniors Finish Unbeaten CVC Run
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Kenston Seniors Finish Unbeaten CVC Run

It was "Volley For The Cure" Night, and host Chagrin Falls High School also honored its lone senior, Leslie Cikra.

However, it was the Kenston seniors who took center stage in a 26-28, 25-17, 25-15, 25-17 Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division volleyball victory in front of a large crowd Tuesday night.

With the win, the Bombers seniors finished their CVC ledger unbeaten for four seasons.

From Home Page "This was definitely our goal," said senior middle blocker Claire Randall, who finished with a team-high 15 kills. "We were going to go 40-0 all the way."

It looked dim early on for the Kenston seniors, who have a four-year overall record of 76-16.

The Bombers (21-0, 10-0) took a 7-1 lead, only to drop the first game.

"I wasn't worried at all," Randall said. "I knew we'd pull it together because we came here for a reason."

It was just a matter of time, according to senior outside hitter Jen Braun.

"I just knew we had to get up our energy and play harder than we were because we didn't play to our potential in the first game," said Braun, who accounted for seven of her 13 kills in the second game. "We had to start playing to win and we did."

A 6-0 run, keyed by Lauren Landsman's two kills, staked Kenston to a 7-1 lead in the third game. The Bombers, ranked No. 3 in the Division II state coaches poll, jetted out to a 7-0 lead in the fourth and deciding game and never looked back.

Cikra, a University of Tennessee recruit, collected eight of her match-high 22 kills in the first game to lead the Tigers (12-8, 7-3).

"They're tough to defend all across the front of the net but particularly on the outside when Leslie's [Cikra] up front," said Kenston first-year coach Karen Gellen. "The bottom line is we had to score as much as we possibly could when [Cikra] was in the back row."

Seniors Jacqui Hoyle and Jess Ferguson had 14 and 12 digs, respectively, for Kenston while setter Megan Wendel was outstanding with 49 assists. Megan Mignogna registered 16 digs for Chagrin Falls and setter Kristen Ealy dished out 28 assists.

"That's a very good team," said Tigers coach Dan Kerul, who also frowned on his team's 13 service errors. "You're going be aggressive with your serves and miss one or two. You just can't miss double digits like we did."