The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team evened their record at 1-1 on the regular season with a 3-0 victory over the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch last night at the ECCHS gym.
Elk Catholic won the first game by a 25-14 score. They took the second game 25-23 and won the third game 25-22.
“We played well offensively when we could run a solid defense in front of it,” said ECCHS coach Diane Gies.
“It’s always good to win at home. St. Marys has been giving us battles for years now and tonight was no different. There was a nice crowd on hand and we received support from the students. But we have a lot of work to do. We’re coming [along].”
St. Marys Area coach Erica Vogt said, “Our heads didn’t get into the game until it was too late. We just couldn’t get a run going, but we worked hard.
“Kristen Anderson did a good job blocking for us and she received tonight’s game ball. I think we got the jitters out and now we’ll be ready for Saturday.”
The first game saw ECC move out to a 4-2 lead. With Lexie Meholic serving, Elk Catholic went up by a 9-3 score. The teams traded serves. With Taylor DaCanal serving, Elk moved out to a 13-5 lead. Again the Lady Dutch could not score off their service, with Elk taking a 15-9 lead behind the serving of Jessie Ginther. The Lady Crusaders would go on to win the first game 25-14.
The second game found the Lady Dutch open a 7-2 lead. They were up 4-2 before Abbey Cribbs served them to a 7-3 lead. The teams went back and forth as St. Marys maintained a three-for-four-point lead. Elk was able to knot the score at 12. The score was tied at 14, 16, 17 and 18 as ECC got the serve back. With Carli Schneider serving, Elk went up on a point off a SMA block, a kill by Schlimm and one by Ginther. Four hits gave the Lady Dutch the serve down 21-19. The serve went out of bounds, giving it back to ECC. Ginther hit an ace, 23-19, with the next point going out of bounds. SMA’s Chelsie Gaton served an ace. Elk’s next shot went long. A block by Anderson and Kiana Hoohuli made the score 23-23. A block by Elk made it 24-23. A kill by Meholic gave Elk the 25-23 win.
The third game also went back and forth, as neither team took control. The Lady Dutch went up 11-8 with Gaton serving. The teams traded serves. Elk cut the lead to 13-11 as St. Marys got the serve back. With Cribbs serving, the Lady Dutch took a 15-11 lead. The teams traded points as Elk tied the score at 20 on an out of bounds hit. Schlimm made it 21-20 with a point off a block. A block by SMA’s Sami Hanes and Anderson tied the score at 21-all. The teams traded possessions. Elk took a 23-22 lead on a kill by Meholic. With Meholic serving, Elk would go on to win 25-22.
In junior varsity action, Elk Catholic improved to 2-0 on the season as they defeated St. Marys in two games.
Both teams return to action Saturday as they will be competing in the Elk County Volleyball Tournament at ECCHS. Action gets underway at 9:30 a.m., with Ridgway and Johnsonburg meeting in the main gym, while Elk Catholic and St. Marys will meet in the auxiliary gym. The consolation and championship matches are scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. start.