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Lady Crusader volleyball defeats Kane 3-0

September 12, 2012

Photo by Jim Mulcahy Elk Catholic’s Anna VanEerden, 11, gets the kill here as she sends the ball past the block of Kane’s Katelyn Moran, 3, and Morgan Nicholson, 32.

The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team raised their dual match record to 3-0 on the season with a 3-0 victory over the Kane Lady Wolves Tuesday night at the ECCHS gym.
Elk Catholic won the first set by a 25-20 score. They took the second set 25-17 and won the third set by a 25-12 score.
“That was a very good win against a quality Kane team,” said ECCHS coach Diane Gies. “I think our best game was our third game tonight. Our blocking at the net was outstanding.”
“Now is the time to take the next step and maintain what we’re doing,” she added.
The first set saw Elk open an 8-0 lead with Taylor DaCanal serving. In that stretch she had two aces, while Carli Schneider and Wehler combined for a block and Jessie Ginther had a kill. The lady Crusaders moved out to a 13-6 lead. With Camille Smithbauer serving, Elk moved out to a 19-6 lead. Anna VanEerden had a kill, as did DaCanal. DaCanal and Wehler combined for a block. A kill by Morgan Nicholson of the Lady Wolves gave the serve back to Kane. The teams traded sideouts. With Nicholson serving, Kane closed to within 20-15. Nicholson recorded five aces in the stretch. A kill by DaCanal gave the serve back to Elk. With Nicole Sicher serving, Kane closed to within 21-19. However, Elk went on to win 25-20.
The second set saw Elk Catholic take a 7-4 lead, only to see Kane battle back to knot the score at 7-all. The teams traded points until Elk went up 18-17 on a kill by Jessie Ginther. With Wehler serving, Elk scored the final seven points of the set to win 25-17. Wehler had three aces, while Schneider and Sophia Yanak combined for a block.
The third set was again close early until the Lady Crusaders moved out to a 10-5 lead with Jessie Ginther serving. With Elk leading 14-11, they got the serve back with Yanak serving. During the stretch Yanak had two aces while DaCanal had two kills and Wehler one. The Lady Crusaders went up 22-11. The Lady Crusaders went on to win the set 25-12 to win the match 3-0.
Elk Catholic was led by Taylor DaCanal with six kills and six service points. Kirstie Wehler had 12 service points and Sophia Yanak had eight.
Morgan Nicholson had six service points for Kane, while Nichole Sicher had five.
The ECC junior varsity squad won in two games in the preliminary contest.
Elk Catholic will return to action Thursday when they play host to the Brockway Lady Rovers. Junior varsity action begins at 6 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

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