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The Nordonia High School volleyball team suffered a loss in personnel recently, one that might be difficult for the Lady Knights to overcome.
Nordonia will be without sophomore outside hitter Megan Alders for the remainder of the campaign. Alders had her appendix removed and will be not be released to play until after the season is over.
"It's definitely a tough break right now, but an opportunity for some of the other kids to get time on the court," said Nordonia head coach Andrea Ciavarelli.
With Alders sidelined, Nordonia traveled to Suburban League National Conference rival Wadsworth Sept. 20. The Grizzlies topped the Lady Knights in straight sets by the score of 25-15, 25-14, 25-14.
"They have a sophomore outside hitter, Kacie Evans, who is one of the best in the state right now," said Ciavarelli of the Grizzlies. "She was difficult to stop in all aspects of the game."
Junior outside hitter Carly Adams was the leading hitter for Nordonia with five kills, while freshman outside hitter Maddie Knight contributed four kills. In addition, junior setter Faith Banks notched 15 assists, senior libero Alexis Perney posted 12 digs, Adams had 11 digs, and Banks added nine digs.
"Wadsworth served aggressively, and we struggled to pass them the entire night," said Ciavarelli.
On Sept. 22, Nordonia traveled to conference foe Hudson. The Lady Knights had defeated the Lady Explorers in five sets earlier in the season.
However, Hudson exacted a measure of revenge. That's because the Lady Explorers swept the Lady Knights by the score of 25-18, 25-20, 25-18.
Adams and Knight both registered five kills, while Banks produced 20 digs and 18 assists. In addition, Perney accounted for 21 digs and Adams had 15 digs.
With those two losses, Nordonia's overall record fell to 3-13. The Lady Knights also own a mark of 1-7 in the National Conference of the Suburban League.
With the second half of the campaign well underway and the postseason tournaments on the horizon, Nordonia must adjust to the loss of Alders. According to Ciavarelli, this will present opportunities for her younger players to step up and make sizeable contributions.
"It will definitely be a struggle without Megan for our last few matches of the season," said Ciavarelli. "She's been our leading hitter since she returned the first time. This is still a young team, so we continue to work and get everyone to play harder each time we step on that court."