The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team lost their home opener to the Bradford Lady Owls by a 3-0 score Tuesday evening at the ECCHS gym.
Bradford won the first set by a 25-13 margin. They took the second set 25-23 and won the third set 25-21 to win the match.
“Bradford has a very nice team,” said ECCHS coach Diane Gies. “We didn’t play our best tonight, but we learned a lot about ourselves. Right now we’re on a learning curve because we have a lot of growing pains.”
The Lady Crusaders opened their season on Saturday by winning the Union Tournament.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair, with the teams trading one-point leads back and forth. Bradford began to pull away as they eased out to an 11-8 lead. Elk cut the lead to 11-9, then the Lady Owls went on a seven-point run to open an 18-10 lead. They would go on to win the set by a 25-13 margin.
The second set saw Elk take the early 2-0 lead behind the serving of Taylor DaCanal. The teams traded points. With Kirstie Wehler serving, Elk went up 5-1. The Lady Crusaders opened a 7-4 lead. Bradford was able to tie the set at 7-all. This set would go back and forth, with neither team taking more than a one- or two-point lead. The Lady Crusaders went up 20-19 on a kill by DaCanal. With Anna VanEerden serving, Jessie Ginther got a block, 21-19. Bradford went up 22-21 only to see Elk score a point off a block by DaCanal and Ginther. Bradford went up 23-22 on four hits. Elk tied the score at 22 on a kill by Ginther. Bradford scored the final two points of the set to win 25-23.
The third set saw the Lady Owls open the early lead. Elk Catholic battled back to close within one. They would get no closer, as Bradford would open a four- to six-point lead and maintain it the rest of the set to win by a 25-21 score.
Jessie Ginther led the Lady Crusaders with eight kills and two blocks, while Anna VanEerden had three kills and three blocks. Kirstie Wehler had four service points.
In the junior varsity match, Bradford won in two games.
Elk Catholic, now 0-1 on the season, will travel to St. Marys Area Thursday night for a match with the Lady Dutch. Junior varsity action begins at 6 p.m., with the varsity match to follow.