Published in The News-Herald
September 13, 2019
Maddie Herman doesn’t stand out, literally, among her many teammates at Riverside who measure 6-foot or taller.
But at 5-foot-5, the junior setter’s energy catalyzed Riverside to a three-set victory over Kenston on Sept. 12 in a matchup of the Western Reserve Conference’s remaining undefeated teams.
Herman invigorated her teammates with plays at the net in the first set as the Beavers proceeded to defeat the Bombers, 25-21, 25-21, 25-13, to take control of first place.
“We were excited because they were a tough team for us,” Herman said. “We always compete with them. This time, being able to beat them in three was just so awesome for us.”
Riverside improved to 9-2 overall with a 6-0 record in WRC play. Two days after Mayfield pushed the Beavers to five sets, coach Ali Vires emphasized energy and confidence in a rematch of last year’s conference title match.
Herman’s kill after Avery Tracz’s serve put Riverside up, 9-4, early in the first set. Herman and Kate Tracz blocked a Kenston shot to give the Beavers game point and take a 1-0 match lead.
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