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The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders kept their slate clean on Tuesday evening as they handed the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch volleyball team a 3-0 setback in a match held at the Aaron J. Straub Gymnasium on the Elk Catholic campus.
The Lady Crusaders won the best-of-five match 3-0 as they won the first game by a 25-17 score, then held on for a 25-22 win in the second game and took the third game by a 25-18 score.
"This was a good win for us, as St. Marys is a very much improved ball club. They gave us all we could handle tonight," said ECCHS coach Diane Gies following the game. "St. Marys played very hard tonight and gave us a great workout. This match will benefit both St. Marys and us. as both clubs had to work for every point. This match was a great warm-up for the upcoming playoffs."
Elk County was led in the service department by Lexie Meholic with 11 service points, followed by Taylor Frank with nine, Alexis Schlimm with eight, Emily Gregory with five, Anna Hawkins with four and Taylor Schlimm with three.
Lexie Meholic also led the Lady Crusaders in kills with 13, followed by Taylor Schlimm and Taylor Frank with four each, Alexis Schlimm with three and Emily Gregory, Helen Danz and Taylor DaCanal with one each.
"Even though we lost tonight, I was very pleased with the way the girls played," said SMA coach Erica Vogt. "Elk Catholic is the best team we played this year and we gave them a real battle tonight. We made a few mistakes that they capitalized on, but other than that, it was a great match. We have been showing improvement with each game and tonight we looked very good against a very good team."
St. Marys was led in the service department by Taylor Bellina with seven service points, followed by Sami Hanes with five, Chelsea Gregori with four, Kayla Hoohuli and Lauren Dalessandro with three each and Shelby Zomcik, Chelsie Gaton, Karisa Krieg, and Abbey Cribbs with two each.
Kayla Hoohuli led the Lady Dutch in kills with 10, followed by Shelby Zomcik, Chelsie Gaton and Abbey Cribbs with four each and Karisa Krieg and Sami Hanes with one each.
The Elk Catholic Lady Crusaders took the first game by a 25-17 score. Meholic was the star of that game with five kills and seven service points to lead the Lady Crusaders. Elk Catholic took a 6-5 lead early in the game and went on to win by eight points.
Game two was a nip-and-tuck affair, as the Lady Crusaders took a 5-2 lead only to have the Lady Dutch come back to cut the lead to 11-10, and to 12-11 at one point. Elk then went ahead 16-12, only to have the Lady Dutch storm back to tie the game at 21-21. Elk went up 23-21 and 24-22 before winning the final point to take the game by a 25-22 score.
The third game found the Lady Dutch taking a 7-6 lead early on, only to have Elk Catholic battle back to tie it at 11-11. The Lady Crusaders scored five straight points to take a 16-11 lead. Elk then outscored St. Marys Area 9 to 4 to go on top 24-15. St. Marys Area scored the next three points, making it 24-18, but Elk Catholic picked up the next point to win the game 25-18, and the match 3-0.
Elk County Catholic is now 10-0 and will return to action on Thursday evening when they travel to Kane to take on the Lady Wolves of Kane Area High School. The J. V. game will start at 6 p.m., with the varsity match to follow.
St. Marys Area is 7-4 on the season and will return to action on Thursday evening when they will play host to the Lady Wolverines of Sheffield Area High School. The J.V. game will start at 6 p.m., with the varsity match to follow.
Lady Dutch win J.V. game
The Lady Dutch Junior Varsity squad ran their record to 11-1 on Tuesday evening as they defeated the Lady Crusaders 2-0 in their best-of-three match.
The Lady Dutch took the first game of the set by a 25-15 score, and won the second game 25-19 to win the match.