WADSWORTH: Senior Peyton Booth has never lost a volleyball match to a Suburban League opponent.
Neither has sophomore Jodi Johnson nor any of the other members of the Wadsworth varsity volleyball team.
The Grizzlies are on a roll under coach Jill Klingbeil and extended their Suburban League winning streak to 50 matches Tuesday night by beating visiting Revere 25-23, 25-22 and 25-15.
“We have motivation on our own to win every match, but it is almost like there is extra motivation knowing we have not lost,” Booth said. “We don’t want to lose. We want this streak to keep going for as long as it can.”
Johnson and Booth formed quite the duo Tuesday for Wadsworth (11-3, 7-0 Suburban), which knocked off previously undefeated Revere (11-1, 6-1). Johnson finished with 17 kills, 14 digs and six service points. Booth added 14 kills and 11 digs.
“Peyton and Jodi complement each other,” Klingbeil said. “When one is maybe down, the other one picks the other one up. They each do so many things. They can do a little bit of everything and they do it well.”
Wadsworth never trailed in the first set and trailed just twice in the third set. Revere held several leads in the second set, but could not hold on.
“This was a tough loss,” Revere coach Jenna Steyer said. “Not the outcome we were hoping for going into the game. I thought the first two games we played them tough. It was right down to the wire. The third game you could tell we got a little deflated and self-destroyed in that game there.
“Wadsworth has a great program they have built with their 50 straight wins. Obviously, they know what they are doing and they come to play each night.”
Wadsworth also received contributions from Rachel Pressley (17 assists, six service points), Erin Zita (17 digs), senior Ciera Koons (five blocks) and Maria Sansonetti (six service points).
“We played so together tonight,” Booth said. “Everyone played so great. I think this is the most consistent everyone has played together this year.”
Olivia Fortner ended the third set with two service aces in a row. Madison Gilger and Andrea Beavers were also efficient with their play for Wadsworth, which was a Division I regional semifinalist last year and a district finalist the year before.
“I was really pleased with our defense tonight,” Klingbeil said. “We really worked on that in practice leading up to the game. It just seemed like we were getting touches that maybe we hadn’t been getting in the past.”
Senior Adriana Farian paced Revere with 23 digs and sophomore Chloe Stile had 13 assists and eight service points. Revere’s other statistical leaders were Stephanie Bierman (seven kills), Meredith Ruetty (five kills), Viktoria Farian (three blocks) and Ali Boehnlein (three blocks).
“The girls have really come together,” Steyer said. “They are playing as a team. In a couple of our big wins we got all of our hitters involved. We were not just focused on one or two players. They have been working hard every day in practice and they love the game.”
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