Lady Crusader volleyball downs Johnsonburg 3-0

The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team closed out their regular season with a 3-0 victory over the Johnsonburg Ramettes Thursday night at the ECCHS gym.The Lady Crusaders won the first set 25-20, took the second set 25-5 and won the third set 25-23 to win the match 3-0.With the first set tied 4-4, Elk got the serve back at 5-4. With Lexie Meholic serving, the Lady Crusaders went up 9-4. Meholic had two aces while Taylor Schlimm and Anna VanEerden each had a kill. The teams traded points back and forth with Elk maintaining a four-to-five-point lead as they won the first set 25-20.With Taylor Schlimm serving, Elk opened an 11-0 lead in the second set. Meholic had three kills in that stretch and Taylor DaCanal had two. Schlimm recorded one ace. Elk Catholic went on to win the second set 25-5.The third set went back and forth early with Elk slipping out to a 9-6 lead in the serving of Jessie Ginther. With ECC up 10-6, they went on a 2-0 run with Meholic and Taylor DaCanal getting kills. Johnsonburg got the serve back on a kill by Chelsea Benson. Kiesha Dornish picked up a service point before a kill by Meholic gave the serve back to Elk. With Hayley DaCanal serving, ECC went up 17-8 on a kill by Meholic. The teams traded sides out. With Benson serving, the Ramettes cut the ECC lead to 18-11. They made it 18-12 off a block. The next Elk point came on an out of bounds shot. An ace by Benson made it 18-14 before Johnsonburg was called for a carry. With the Lady Crusaders leading 23-20, Johnsonburg got the serve back. An ace by Dornish made it 23-21. A ball out of bounds made it 23-22. Elk got the serve back off a kill by Kirstie Wehler. Elk was called for a double hit, 24-23. A short serve gave Elk the 25-23 win.“It was a good way to end the regular season,” said ECCHS coach Diane Gies.“The last two weeks we have avenged our three losses and we are playing with confidence,” said Gies. “Everyone is playing up to the level we had hoped for.” The ECC junior varsity squad won 2-0 over the Ramettes. Elk Catholic’s junior varsity squad ended their season with a 12-2 record.The Lady Crusaders finished regular-season play with an 11-3 record. ECC is seeded seventh in the District 9-A tournament and will host the 10th-seeded Keystone Lady Panthers on Tuesday night at the ECCHS gym. The match is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start.The Ramettes finished their regular season with a 10-6 record. Johnsonburg, seeded eighth, will open the District 9-A tournament on Tuesday by hosting ninth seed Cameron County at 6:30 p.m.