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The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch volleyball squad upped their record to 7-3 on Monday evening with a 3-1 victory over the visiting Curwensville Lady Tide. St. Marys won the first game 25-17, then Curwensville came back to take the second game by a 25-11 score. The Lady Dutch regrouped and came on to take the next two games 25-22 and 25-17 to win the match.
"We weren't at our best tonight, but we managed to pull out a big victory against a good Curwensville team," said Coach Erica Vogt of the Lady Dutch. "I keep waiting for us to return to the way we are capable of playing. We just aren't playing up to our potential, but on the bright side we have been winning some of the matches."
"Tonight's game ball is going to sophomore Taylor Bellina, as she came off the bench and played really well for us. She had a kill and five service points in the final game for us," said Vogt.
Kayla Hoohuli led the Lady Dutch in kills on Monday with nine, followed by Karisa Krieg with six, Kindred Wiseman with four, Abbey Cribbs with three, Shelby Zomcik with two and Taylor Bellina and Chelsie Gaton with one each.
Sami Hanes led the Lady Dutch in service points with 10, followed by Karisa Krieg with seven, Carley McMackin with six, Abbey Cribbs, Megan Longhi and Taylor Bellina with five each, DeAnna Yost with four and Kayla Hoohuli with three.
Hoohuli had six blocks and Wiseman one.
The first game of the best-of-five set found the two teams playing on even terms for awhile. Then the Lady Dutch began to pull away as they took a 20-15 lead. The Lady Dutch then outscored the Lady Tide 5-2 down the stretch to win the game 25-17.
The second game was all Curwensville, as the Lady Tide jumped out to a 7-1 lead over St. Marys and never looked back. Curwensville pushed the lead to 13-7 and to 22-8, eventually winning the game by a 25-11 score. In this game, the Lady Dutch had only two service points and four kills.
The third game found the Lady Tide taking a 4-3 lead, only to have the Lady Dutch score five straight points on serves by Longhi to take a 8-4 lead, eventually going up 10-6 before the Lady Tide rallied to cut the lead to 12-11. Curwensville tied the game at 15-all and 19-all, then went up 22-20 on the Lady Dutch. Sami Hanes then scored five straight service points to win the game for St. Marys, 25-22.
The fourth and final game found the Lady Dutch falling behind 7-4 and 12-8 before they rallied to tie it at 13-13 and 14-14. St. Marys then pulled ahead as they outscored the Lady Tide 11-3 to win the game 25-17 and the match 3 to 1.
St. Marys returns to action this evening when they take on the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders in a match slated for the Aaron J. Straub Gym on the Elk Catholic Campus. The J. V. match is slated for a 6 p.m. start, with the varsity to follow.
St. Marys J.V. wins
The Lady Dutch J.V. squad also picked up a victory last evening, defeating the Curwensville Lady Tide J.V.s by a 2-0 score.
St. Marys took the first game by a 25-23 score, then won the second game by a 26-24 score.