by Roger Gordon
It was a match to remember for the Tallmadge volleyball team Sept. 17 at the eight-team Jackson Invitational in Massillon.
After having beaten Louisville in their first match, the Lady Blue Devils prevailed in a barn burner over Solon 25-21, 19-25, 26-24.
In Suburban League American Conference play, Tallmadge lost Aurora 18-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-22 Sept. 20 on the road.
Lady Blue Devils head coach Adam Hamad was thrilled by his team's performance against the Comets.
"It was a tough match all the way to the end," he said. "Solon is a great team with a lot of talent. They have four or five girls who are 6 feet and taller. It was an impressive win for us."
Senior middle hitter Jamie McGhee led the way for Tallmadge with 10 kills, three blocks, two aces and 12 service points.
"Jamie got around the block very well," Hamad said.
Freshman setter Amelia Perdue had 22 assists, while senior defensive specialist Olivia Ayres totaled nine digs.
Tallmadge (10-3, 4-2) defeated Louisville 25-12, 26-24.
"Louisville kind of found its rhythm at the end of the first set," Hamad said. "
They came on really strong. We actually came from behind to win the second set. We figured out a way to be very aggressive and we succeeded."
McGhee had eight kills and Perdue had 25 assists. Ayres had nine digs, two aces and eight service points.
"Olivia is aggressive as all heck," Hamad said. "She'll go for anything and makes life easier for other defenders."
Sophomore outside hitter Alex Perrin had three blocks, while senior middle hitter Sydnee East had three blocks.
In the championship match, Tallmadge fell to Jackson 25-20, 25-19.
Senior outside hitter Jessica Herman had seven kills and an ace. Perdue totaled 15 assists and five service points, while Ayres amassed 15 digs.
The contest with Aurora was a struggle from beginning to end, according to Hamad.
"We never really got a rhythm going," he said. "We did almost push it to five sets, though. I really think we're the better team. I definitely believe when we get them back in our house later this season, it will be a different story."
Ayres had 16 service points, 15 digs and two aces. McGhee had 15 kills, while Perdue totaled 41 assists. East and Perrin each had two blocks.
The host Lady Blue Devils lost to Revere 25-21, 25-17, 25-22 in an American Conference showdown Sept. 17 at James O. Maddox Court. The Lady Minutemen won the conference title last year.
"We stayed with them for the most part, but at the end of the day, we just didn't have enough to get the win," Hamad said.
Tallmadge was scheduled to play Waterloo Sept. 24 in Atwater. Results were not available at press time.
The Lady Blue Devils are set to host American Conference rival Kent Roosevelt Sept. 27 and then travel to conference foe Copley Sept. 28. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.