The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders advanced to the quarterfinals of the District 9 Class A volleyball tournament with a 3-0 victory over the Keystone Lady Panthers last night at the ECCHS gym.
The Lady Crusaders won the first set 25-11. They took the second set 25-15 and won the third set 25-16.
The first set saw the Lady Crusaders getting the serve back leading 2-1. With Helen Danz serving, Elk went up 7-1. Jessie Ginther had a kill and Lexie Meholic a block for ECC. The teams traded sideouts, with Elk taking a 9-4 lead on a kill by Ginther. With Anna VanEerden, serving the Lady Crusaders went up 12-4. In that stretch, Taylor Schlimm recorded a kill and a block along with Hayley DaCanal. ECC got the serve back, leading 13-5. With Ginther serving, Elk went up 15-5. The Lady Crusaders would open a nine-point lead, 20-11, when they got the serve back. With Danz serving, Elk went on to win 25-11. Danz had one ace, while Ginther had two kills.
The second set saw the Lady Crusaders get the serve back, trailing 6-5. With Lexie Meholic serving, Elk went up 9-6. Meholic had an ace and Schlimm a block. Keystone took one of their few leads of the evening, 11-10, before Elk got the serve back at 11-11. With Ginther serving, ECC moved out to a 17-11 lead. Schlimm had a kill and a block, while Taylor DaCanal had a kill and Ginther recorded an ace. A kill by Ginther gave ECC the serve, leading 24-15. A kill by Schlimm gave the Lady Crusaders the 25-15 victory.
The third set saw Elk take a 5-2 lead, with Keystone battling back to cut Elk’s lead to 6-4. With Meholic serving, ECC went up 9-4. Ginther and Schlimm had kills. Keystone made the score 9-6 before Elk went up 10-6 on a kill by Ginther. With VanEerden serving, ECC went up 12-6. Later Elk was leading 16-8 with Schlimm serving. Meholic got a kill and Keystone hit two balls out of bounds, 19-8. Elk Catholic would go on to win the set 25-16 to win the match 3-0.
Jessie Ginther finished the night with 11 kills, while Taylor Schlimm had six and Lexie Meholic four. Helen Danz had 13 service points.
“What a way to start the playoffs,” said ECCHS coach Diane Gies. “We controlled both sides of the net and were able to keep Keystone from getting their offense going. We took them out of their game plan early and controlled the ball.”
“We’re looking forward to going to Clarion Thursday night,” she added.
In other Class A action last night, Johnsonburg defeated Cameron County 3-0, Ridgway beat Redbank Valley 3-0, Coudersport edged Brockway 3-2 and Cranberry defeated Curwensville 3-0.
In action Thursday, ECC travels to Clarion, Ridgway travels to Coudersport, Johnsonburg goes to Port Allegany and Cranberry travels to AC Valley. All of these matches will begin at 6:30 p.m.