WADSWORTH — Kacie Evans came out swinging Tuesday night for Wadsworth, and Stow could not find a way to slow her down.
Evans scored at the net with spikes, and she scored behind the serving line with aces.
In fact, Evans ended all three of the sets Tuesday night at Wadsworth with an ace, leading the Grizzlies to a victory by scores of 25-17, 25-14 and 25-15.
Wadsworth (16-1, 9-0) remains atop a Suburban League National Conference volleyball standings that also includes Stow (11-6, 6-3).
Evans, a 6-foot senior, led Wadsworth with 19 kills, 14 digs and nine service aces.
“Kacie is an amazing player,” Wadsworth coach Jill Klingbeil said. “She works really hard and her serve has continuously gotten better throughout the years. Now, I think with each ace she gets she gets a little bit more confident, and that fares well for us.
“I don’t think I have seen that, where one player aces game-point three sets in a row.”
Wadsworth also received solid play from seniors Leah McNutt and Nicole Persone, juniors Evelyn Haydu, Lauren Zufra, Erika Palidar, Sylvia Reynolds, Lauren Conley and Jena Lambright and sophomores Lainey Beavers and Becca Dunkle.
“They are obviously a very talented team,” Stow coach Elizabeth McDade said of Wadsworth. “We didn’t do what we needed to do to slow her [Evans] and all of them down. We did a much better job slowing down their outside hitters the last time we played them. We struggled in serve receive tonight, which obviously it is not going to help if you can’t put the ball away because they will get more attempts on offense.”
Beavers totaled 16 assists and Conley had 15 assists. Zufra contributed 10 digs and Palidar had five blocks.
“Hopefully we haven’t peaked yet,” Klingbeil said. “We are hoping to get into the tournament and do it somewhere right around there. I think we still have a lot to learn and a lot to work on. The good news is that we have some experience this year, whereas last year at this point we were still working out a lot of kinks.”
Stow’s statistical leaders on Tuesday were senior Elizabeth Stefanov (10 kills), senior Lauren Fair (17 assists and 10 digs), junior Ryleigh Schelien (nine digs), senior Brooke Britton (two aces) and junior Sara Day (two aces).
The Bulldogs played without senior starting libero Claire O’Verko, who was injured Monday night in a match against Tallmadge.
“I am very proud of everyone on my team,” said Evans, a University of Georgia volleyball recruit. “We all wanted this game more than anything. We just wanted to focus on this game and not look ahead. Our goal was to beat them in three. … Unfortunately, they were down a player and that was a little bit of their weakness, and we were able to find holes and get big blocks. I think our defense tonight was the best it has been in a very long time.”
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