High school volleyball: Newcomers help Avon beat North Ridgeville

Tim Gebhardt
The Chronicle-Telegram

AVON — Londyn Stone and Lily Hamilton have barely had time to learn the combination for their locker at school but they sure know how to play volleyball.

The two freshmen came up huge for Avon on Tuesday night in a 25-19, 27-25, 26-24 victory over North Ridgeville in a Southwestern Conference matchup.

The Eagles improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the SWC while the Rangers fell to 2-3 and 0-3.

“We have a very good, young team,” Avon coach Julie Bendzuck said. “If they’re young and on our roster, we know they can play and they’re really starting to show that.”

Stone and Hamilton are learning their way around after just four days in high school but the two came up huge in the third set that gave Avon a sweep in a competitive match.

Trailing the entire game by as many as seven points, the Eagles crawled back in it off three straight aces by Hamilton that put Avon in front for the first time, 23-22. A service error by Hamilton tied it but senior Avery Abfall’s block kill put the Eagles back in front. Maddie Eldridge scored for the Rangers to tie it at 24 but Hamilton provided Abfall with a great set and kill and duplicated it with Stone to put the game and the match away.

“They’re impressive,” junior Grace Busold said of the freshmen. “I don’t know what else to say about it. We take care of them.”

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