High school volleyball: Avon overwhelms Amherst in SWC matchup

Tim Gebhardt
The Chronicle-Telegram
Sep 17, 2019 11:02 PM

AVON — Julie Bendzuck knows the run will end sometime, somewhere … but for now her Avon volleyball team is perfect.

The Eagles improved to 10-0 overall and 9-0 in the Southwestern Conference by sweeping Amherst 25-17, 25-21, 25-21 on Tuesday night. Avon hasn’t lost a game this year — now 30-0 in sets. The Comets slipped to 8-4 overall and 6-3 in the SWC.

“We just talked about it in the locker room,” Bendzuck said. “It’s going to happen and we’ll react when it happens and respond positively. We’re starting Round 2 of our conference on Thursday (at Avon Lake) so I just think we need to continue to improve every time we step on the court.”

On Tuesday, Avon jumped on Amherst for a 5-0 lead to start the match and only trailed twice all night by the slimmest of margins in the third set.

The Eagles were that good. Defensively, they kept Amherst from gaining any momentum and answered every Comets run with a run.

“I think we put emphasis on defense in practice,” Bendzuck said. “We have to play defense in order to score points and keep ourselves in system. I think there were times we could have played better defense, but when you look overall at the strength of our team, that no ball is going to drop without someone going after it.”

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