The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch volleyball team advanced to the District 9 Class AA final four by defeating the Clearfield Lady Bisons 3-0 last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
St. Marys will join top-seeded Bradford, second seed Punxsy and third seed Karns City at Clarion Area High School Saturday to determine the District 9-AA volleyball champ.
The Lady Dutch defeated the Lady Bisons 25-17 in the first set, 25-11 in the second set and 25-10 in the third set to win the match 3-0.
â€śIt was a good night for us,â€ť said St. Marys coach Erica Vogt. â€śI was a little concerned that we might play down after the first set, but we settled down and played our game the rest of the night.â€ť
â€śWe still have some little things to work on for Saturday,â€ť she added.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair, as neither team took control. St. Marys got the serve leading 13-11. With Abbey Cribbs serving, the Lady Dutch moved out to a 16-11 lead. She recorded two aces in that stretch. The teams traded sideouts as St. Marys maintained their lead. A kill by Chelsea Gaton gave St. Marys the serve, leading 21-14. With Taylor Bellina serving, the Lady Dutch went up 23-14. Clearfield closed to 23-17. A kill by Sami Hanes gave St. Marys the serve back, 24-17. With Gaton serving, Taylor Schutz was able to get a kill to give St. Marys the 25-17 win.
The second set saw St. Marys get the serve, leading 2-1. With Cribbs serving, St. Marys went up 7-1. Cribbs had three aces in that stretch. After Clearfield made the score 7-2, St. Marys got the serve back at 8-2. An ace by Schutz was followed by a ball out of bounds by Clearfield. Bellina followed with a kill, 11-2 before the Lady Bisons got the serve back. St. Marys held on to their nine-point lead. The Lady Dutch got the serve back, leading 17-8. With Hanes serving, the Lady Dutch went up 20-7 on an ace. The teams traded sideouts. St. Marys got the serve back at 24-11. With Courtney Bankovich serving, Hanes got a kill, giving St. Marys the 25-11 victory.
The third set was tied at 1-1 when Cribbs began serving for St. Marys. She started out with an ace, her first of four in the stretch that saw the Lady Dutch open an 11-1 lead. Bellina also had a kill in that stretch. St. Marys moved out to a 16-6 lead when they got the serve back. Gaton recorded an ace, 17-6, with Clearfield being called for four hits, 18-6. A kill by Schutz made it 19-6. Another ball out of bounds by Clearfield was followed by a Gaton ace to make it 21-6. The Lady Dutch would go on to win the set 25-10, giving them the 3-0 match victory.
Abbey Cribbs led St. Marys with 20 service points, while Taylor Schutz had 10 kills.
St. Marys will enter the final four with a 9-8 record.
Saturdayâ€™s schedule at Clarion Area High School is as follows:
9:15 a.m. - Punxsutawney vs. Karns City
10:30 a.m. - Bradford vs. St. Marys
11:30 a.m. - Punxsutawney vs. St. Marys
12:30 p.m. - Bradford vs. Karns City
1:30 p.m. - Karns City vs. St. Marys
2:30 p.m. - Bradford vs. Punxsutawney