UTICA — There were moments that could have put the host Utica Redskins volleyball team into a very deep hole. Instead, they became turning points in a hard-fought victory.
The Redskins (12-11) staged comebacks in the second and third sets en route to a 19-25, 28-26, 25-22, 25-21 victory over the visiting North Union Wildcats in their opening round OHSAA Division III sectional tournament match.
“North Union played awesome in this game,” said Utica coach Laurie Londot, “We had no idea what to expect. We hadn’t seen them play and we didn’t even know their record.”
In fact, the Wildcats had only won four nonconference games all season, but that was not the way they played. They tamed the Redskins in the first set, making it look easy.
“We came out flat,” said coach Londot. “We had a lot of nerves. I wasn’t really expecting the nerves. I guess I should have. We only returned three letter winners from last year’s team, so we are very young.”
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