ECC finishes regional with 1-2 record
CLARION - The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team saw their season come to an end Saturday at the PIAA Regional Tournament held at Clarion Area High School.
Elk Catholic competed against Northern Cambria, Bishop Canevin and Saegertown for one of the top two spots that would qualify them for this weekend’s PIAA championships at York.
Northern Cambria won the tournament with a 3-0 record. Elk Catholic, along with Saegertown and Bishop Canevin, all finished with a 1-2 record, necessitating a playoff.
Elk Catholic met Bishop Canevin in the first playoff, which consisted of one game to 25. The Bishop Canevin Crusaders edged the Elk County Catholic Crusaders by a 25-22 score to stay alive in the race for the second spot. Canevin defeated Saegertown by the same 25-22 score to win the second spot in the PIAA finals.
The day opened with Elk Catholic taking on the Saegertown Panthers. The Lady Crusaders won the first game 25-11. They took the second game by a 25-19 score, then lost the third game by a 27-25 score.
In the second match of the day, the Northern Cambria Colts took two of three games from Bishop Canevin. Canevin won the first game 25-21, with the Colts taking game two, 25-23, and the third game 25-21.
The third match of the day saw Saegertown sweep Bishop Canevin 25-21, 26-24 and 30-28.
Northern Cambria took two of three from ECCHS. The Colts won the first game 25-21 and the second game 25-23, with Elk taking the third game 26-24.
Bishop Canevin swept Elk Catholic 25-21, 25-17 and 25-19.
In the final match of the game, Northern Cambria swept Saegertown 25-14, 25-22 and 25-19. This gave Northern Cambria a 3-0 record, with all the other teams finishing pool play with 1-2 records.
“We didn’t go down without a fight,” said ECCHS coach Diane Gies. “Everybody played with a lot of heart and everybody played hard. We had a good start, but the middle wasn’t so good.”
The good start was when Elk defeated Saegertown in two of three games in the first match of the day. The “middle” Gies referred to consisted of the two losses to Northern Cambria and Bishop Canevin.
“The two-game layoff hurt and we never caught up to Northern Cambria, but the kids played hard until the end,” Gies said.
In the first game against Northern Cambria, the Colts took a 4-1 lead over ECC. Northern Cambria would move out to a 12-5 lead and eventually take a 17-10 lead. The Lady Crusaders closed to within 17-14 before the Colts went on to win 25-18.
The second game saw ECC take a 5-0 lead with Anna Hawkins serving. Taylor Frank and Alexis Schlimm came up with blocks early and Emily Gregory added another one in that stretch. The Colts would come back to tie the game at 8-8. With the game tied at 14, Northern Cambria went up 17-15 and would increase their lead to 20-15. They went on to win the game 25-23.
The third game was back and forth all the way. With the game tied at 16, the Colts went up 21-18. Lexie Meholic served an ace to make the score 21-19. Northern Cambria was able to cut it to 21-20, then the teams traded points to bring the score to 22-21. A block by Taylor Frank made it 22-22. The Colts tied the match at 23-23, with Elk going up 24-23, then the Colts tying the game again at 24. Elk scored when the ball went off a Northern Cambria block, 25-24. With Emily Gregory serving, Frank and Meholic combined on a block to give ECC the 26-24 win.
The first game against Bishop Canevin saw Canevin take a six-point lead early. Elk closed to within two, 16-14, but Canevin went up 19-15. They would go on to win 25-21. In the second game, Canevin took the early lead, with Elk Catholic battling back on several occasions to close to within one. Elk made the score 14-13 on a block by Taylor Schlimm and Meholic. Later, a kill by Gregory cut the Canevin lead to 18-17. However, Canevin went on a 6-0 run to win the game 25-17.
The third game saw Elk go up 6-1 behind the serving of Jessie McLaughlin. They got the serve back at 7-2. With Alexis Schlimm serving, ECC took a 10-2 lead before Canevin got the serve back. Elk went up 13-6 on a kill by Gregory, but lost Meholic for the rest of the day with an ankle injury. Canevin went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 14. A kill by Helen Danz gave ECC the 15-14 lead. Canevin got the serve back and went up 20-16, going on to win 25-19.
For more on this story see the Nov. 15 edition of The Daily Press