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Ridgway volleyball squad downs Lady Dutch 3-0

October 19, 2011

Photo by Jim Mulcahy Chelsie Gaton, 20, of the Lady Dutch, gets a kill on this play as she gets the ball around the block of Ridgway’s Katie Oknefski during the first set of last night’s match played at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.

The Ridgway Lady Elkers volleyball team handed the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch a 3-0 setback last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Lady Elkers won the first set 25-22. They took the second set 25-18 and won the match by taking the third set 25-23.
“I can’t complain about how we played, but we just could not get anything going,” said St. Marys coach Erica Vogt. “I know we can play solid when we play. We have to get it together for Districts. I know what they are capable of.
“The game ball went to Kiana Hoohuli tonight, who played well coming off an injury.”
In the first set, the teams traded sideouts. With Sami Hanes serving, St. Marys took a 5-1 lead with Chelsie Gaton getting two kills and Hoohuli getting one. Ridgway got the serve back trailing 5-2. With Ellie Woodford serving, Ridgway tied the set at 5-all with Nicole Breier getting a kill. The teams went back and forth. The set was tied at 22 when a St. Marys serve went out of bounds. With Erica Thorwart serving, the Lady Elkers won 25-22.
The second set saw Ridgway slip out to a 15-9 lead when St. Marys got the serve back. Hanes recorded two aces before hitting one out of bounds, 16-11. Ridgway maintained the five-point lead, getting the serve back at 22-17. With Maria Buhler serving, Breier got a kill and St. Marys hit the next three balls out of bounds, giving Ridgway the 25-18 win.
The third set of the night was again back and forth, with neither team taking more than a four-point advantage. Tied at 18 with the Lady Dutch serving, Hoohuli recorded a kill and Gaton recorded an ace. Ridgway got the serve back. With Buhler serving, the Lady Elkers took a 21-20 lead. A carry gave St. Marys the serve back. The Lady Dutch serve was short, giving Ridgway the 22-21 lead. A kill by SMA’s Taylor Schutz tied the set at 22-22. A carry was called on Ridgway with a kill by Breier, making it 23-23. The Lady Elkers went on to win the set 25-23 and the match 3-0.
“We kinda slowed down a little bit tonight,” said Ridgway coach Janet Redmond.
“We have to get ready for Districts, but a win is a win,” she added. “Sarah McClain has really been consistent in her hitting lately. Now we have to regroup and refresh ourselves.”
The St. Marys junior varsity squad defeated Ridgway by a 2-1 score.
St. Marys is now 7-7 on the year. They entertain the Johnsonburg Ramettes Thursday on Senior Night. Junior varsity action begins at 6 p.m., with the varsity match to follow.

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