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The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team defeated the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch by a 3-1 score in a match played at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Lady Crusaders won the first set 25-21. The Lady Dutch took the second set 25-17 to even the match at 1-all.
The Lady Crusaders beat St. Marys 25-16 and took the final set 25-10 to win the match 3-1.
â€śI think we were worried about coming out flat after last Thursdayâ€™s win over Bradford,â€ť said ECCHS coach Diane Gies.
â€śI thought we played fairly well but I would like to see more intensity. We were able to stop their middle attack,â€ť said the coach.
â€śWe are a work in progress. Weâ€™re young but we need to play games like this one,â€ť added Gies.
â€śSeniors Sami Hanes, Chelsea Gregori and Abbey Cribbs played their best of the season tonight,â€ť said St. Marys coach Erica Vogt.
â€śThey didnâ€™t give up and played a good game when anything can happen and I was proud of the way we came back in game two,â€ť added Vogt.
The first set was a back and forth affair early. St. Marys went up 8-5 behind the serving of Cribbs. They got the serve back to make it 9-5. With Chelsie Gaton serving they moved out to a 12-5 lead on an ace. The Lady Dutch moved out to a 19-11 lead. With Jessie Ginther serving, ECC cut the lead to 19-17. Recording kills for ECC were Lexie Meholic and Taylor DaCanal. Elk got the serve back leading 21-18. With Hayley DaCanal serving the Lady Crusaders went on to win the set 25-21. Meholic had a block and a kill to record the final two points.
The second set was back-and-forth with St. Marys taking an 8-6 lead with Gaton serving. With Hanes serving, St. Marys went up 12-6 as she recorded an ace and Taylor Schutz had a kill. Behind the serving of Taylor Bellina the Lady Dutch took a 17-7 lead. Cribbs and Schutz both recorded kills. St. Marys opened a 19-11 lead to go on to win the set 25-17.
The third set was tied at 9-9 when Elk went on a 7-0 run behind the serving of Anna VanEerden, who had two aces. Ginther had a kill and Meholic had two. The teams traded sideouts as the Lady Crusaders went on to win 25-16 on a kill by VanEerden.
The fourth set was all Elk Catholic as they opened a 12-2 lead. St. Marys closed it to 14-3 before Meholic served with Taylor Schlimm getting a kill and Meholic serving an ace. St. Marys made it 16-4 before a kill by VanEerden made it 17-4. With Helen Danz serving, ECC opened a 22-4 lead. Schlimm and Ginther each had a kill. The Lady Crusaders would go on to win the game 25-10 on an ace by Schlimm.
In junior varsity action, ECC defeated St. Marys 2-1.
Elk Catholic is now 7-3 on the season and will host Kane Thursday. St. Marys Area is now 6-6 on the season and will travel to Sheffield Thursday. Junior varsity action begins at 6 p.m. with varsity to follow.
The St. Marys Lady Dutch squad defeated Curwensville 3-2 Monday night.
Curwensville won the first set 25-18. The Lady Dutch won the second set 25-14 and took the third set 25-16. Curwensville tied the match by taking the fourth set 25-18. St. Marys won the match by winning the fifth set 15-13.