For the first time in its 26 years, Western Reserve has won the Firelands Challenge championship.
The Roughriders led from the first match of the season.
Western attacked this season with a vengeance and began studying for the tournament last summer. They met twice a week and even on weekends. In the words of one team mother, team study included "several Saturday and Sunday practices and towels not getting folded."
After winning the regular season, Western faced off against the No. 2 and 3 teams, Edison and Willard, for the championship. The three-match started with two Western wins. Edison won the final round by a five-point margin, but it wasn't enough to unseat the Roughriders.
Western ended the series with 139 points. Edison was second with 130. Willard trailed with 102.
Western will receive $1,500 from Firelands Challenge-sponsor Tenneco. Edison and Willard take home $750 and $500, respectively.
Each school will receive a $1,000 scholarship to Firelands College for a graduating senior.
Western will go on to compete in the Ohio Academic Competition, beginning with a regional competition April 28.