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First-year Cardinal Stritch volleyball coach John Kazmaier won't say coaching the Cardinals was easy this season. His eight seniors only made it look that way.
"It was easy to come into the program new and have a lot of the experience already on the court," Kazmaier said.
The Cardinals used that experience to their advantage this season en route to capturing the school's seventh straight Toledo Area Athletic Conference title. Stritch, which finished 14-8, and Toledo Christian split two head-to-head matches and ended up tying for the championship with 9-1 TAAC records.
"We had a lot of experience, which was great," Kazmaier said. "Six of the eight seniors had played all four years in the Stritch program. It was nice to have that playing experience and that time they spent together. They knew each other's ins and outs and their passing style and what their favorite sets were."
The Cardinals' seniors were captains Alex Blazevich, Elle McCloskey and Kristen Filzer along with Kaitlyn Filzer, Bri Wlodarz, Andrea Keane, Kayla Leonard and Katie Studer.
Four athletes play roles in Owens soccer, volleyball
The soccer team won five matches in a row, to earn a berth in the NJCAA Region XII Championship at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Oct. 31 - Nov. 1.. The Express closed the regular season by defeating Lakeland CC 1-0, Delta 3-2, and Cuyahoga 5-0
Coached by Art Johnson, the Express took a 12-6-1 overall record into the four-team single elimination tournament where they played Schoolcraft (13-1-1) at 2 p.m. on Oct. 31. If they advanced, the Express were to play the Cincinnati State (15-2-1)/Ancilla College (9-5-0) winner Nov. 1 in the championship.
Oak Harbor's girls cross country team is peaking at the right time, and junior Kia Frank is leading the way.
Frank finished second overall and posted a career-best time of 19:45.38 last Saturday at the Division II district meet in Bettsville. The Rockets won the team title with 26 points - runner-up Maumee had 49 - by placing five runners in the top eight places.
"Kia has had an outstanding season," 11th-year coach Gina Warnke said. "She's kind of blown me away this season. This is a girl who her freshman and sophomore year never made the first or second team in the Sandusky Bay Conference, and she comes out her junior year and wins the meet.
"She put in some extra miles and had a strong base coming in during the preseason. She has come in focused and motivated, and it has paid off."
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