The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team evened their record at 1-1 on the season with a 3-0 victory over the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch Thursday night at the SMAHS “Dutch Oven”. The Lady Dutch are now 0-2 on the year.
The Lady Crusaders won the first set by a 25-14 score. They took the second set 25-23 and won the third set 25-20 to win the match.
In the first set of the night, the Lady Crusaders opened a 7-0 lead behind the serving of Taylor DaCanal. St. Marys got the serve back and, with Taylor Bellina serving, Brittany Tarle and Katie McFadden recorded kills for St. Marys. A kill by Jessie Ginther gave the serve back to Elk. The teams traded points as St. Marys closed to within 12-10. With Anna VanEerden serving, Elk Catholic opened an 18-10 lead. Bellina got a kill for St. Marys with Kirstie Wehler getting one for Elk, 19-11. Elk went on to win the first set 25-14 on a kill by DaCanal.
The second set saw the Lady Crusaders open a 16-7 lead. With Kristen Anderson serving, the Lady Dutch battled back to close to within one, 16-17. A kill by Sophia Yanak gave Elk the serve with an 18-16 lead. With Carli Schneider serving, ECC went up 21-17. The Lady Crusaders went up 23-17 on a kill by DaCanal. A kill by Kiana Hoohuli made the score 23-18. Brittany Tarle served an ace for St. Marys followed by a hit out of bounds by Elk and ECC being called in the net, 23-21. Another hit out of bounds and a block by Hoohuli knotted the set at 23. Elk got the serve back at 24-23. A kill by Ginther gave Elk the 25-23 win.
The Lady Dutch opened the third set with Bellina getting a kill, 1-0. Ginther’s kill knotted the score at 1-1. With DaCanal serving, Elk went up 5-1. A kill by McFadden made it 5-2. The set went back and forth with ECC maintaining the two to three point lead. With Camille Smithbauer serving, ECC opened a 16-8 lead . She had two aces in the stretch while VanEerden had a block. St. Marys got the serve back, and with Kayla Nussbaum serving, the Lady Dutch closed to with in 16-14. Lena Hanes had a kill while Nussbaum had an ace and Bellina and Anderson had points off of blocks. With the score 19-17 in favor of ECC, Wehler made it 20-17 on a point. She served an ace before St. Marys hit the ball out of bounds. Another ace by Wehler made it 23-17. A carry gave the Lady Dutch the serve back, 23-18. Anderson made it 23-19 before Elk scored the final points of the set to win 25-20.
“It’s always a big game when we play St. Marys,” said ECCHS coach Diane Gies.
“At times we played well tonight and at times they did. Both teams have a lot of potential,” said Gies.
“We’re just trying to find ourselves, but we gotta get better,” added Gies.
The Lady Crusaders were led by Taylor DaCanal with nine kills and nine service points. Jessie Ginther also had nine kills while Anna VanEerden had six service points.
For the Lady Dutch, Brittany Tarle, Taylor Bellina and Kristen Anderson all had six kills. Kayla Nussbaum had five service points.
“We played incredibly well Saturday at Slippery Rock but now it looks like we have to work on pretty much everything,” said St. Marys coach Erica Vogt.
“We know they have more than what they showed tonight. We have power outside and power inside. Defensively tonight we looked jittery and confused. We got down early and couldn’t get out of it,” said Vogt.
“Now we have to get ready for Saturday,” added Vogt.
In junior varsity action, the Lady Crusaders won by a 2-0 score.
Both teams return to action Saturday in the Elk County Volleyball Tournament scheduled for Elk County Catholic.
The schedule for Saturday will be as follows: 9 a.m. - Ridgway vs. St. Marys (main gym); Johnsonburg vs. ECCHS (aux. gym); 10 a.m. - St. Marys vs. Johnsonburg (main gym); Ridgway vs. ECCHS (aux. gym), 11 a.m. - St. Marys vs. ECCHS (main gym); Johnsonburg vs. Ridgway (aux. gym). 12:30 p.m. - consolation - one game to 30 in aux. gym. Championship, best two out of three with third game to 15, main gym.