The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team raised their record to 8-1 on the season with a 3-0 victory over the DuBois Area Lady Beavers Tuesday night at the ECCHS gym.
The Lady Crusaders won the first set by a 25-20 margin. They took the second set 25-19 and won the third set by a 25-18 score to win the match 3-0.
In the first set the score went back and forth. Elk Catholic got the serve back trailing 5-3. With Carli Schneider serving, ECC went up 8-3 on a block by Taylor DaCanal and Anna VanEerden. The Lady Crusaders would maintain the five-point lead for most of the set. With Kirstie Wehler serving, ECC went up 17-9 on a block by Schneider. DuBois got the serve back trailing 18-11. The Lady Beavers closed the gap to 18-16. ECC got the serve back leading 19-16. With Schneider serving, ECC made it 20-16. Schneider recorded two aces and DuBois hit the ball long, 23-16. DuBois got the serve back off a block by Elk, 23-17. A kill by Taylor DaCanal made the score 24-19. A long serve by ECC made it 24-20. A kill by Taylor DaCanal went off the DuBois defenders to make the final score 25-20.
The second set went back and forth. With the score tied at 16, ECC got the serve back. With Marissa Cunningham serving, Elk went up 17-16. She recorded two aces to make it 19-16. DuBois got the serve back and knotted the score at 19-all. A kill by ECC’s Jessie Ginther made the score 20-19. With Taylor DaCanal serving, Schneider got a block, Sophia Yanak a kill and DaCanal recorded an ace. Schneider got a block to make the score 25-19.
The third set saw Elk open a 5-2 lead. DuBois would battle back to cut Elk’s lead to 8-9. A kill by VanEerden knotted the score at 9-all. The Lady Crusaders gradually increased their lead to 17-12, getting the serve back. A block by Schneider made it 18-12. Sydnie Stauffer recorded a kill before Elk was called for a carry, 19-13. ECC got the serve back at 20-13. A kill by Stauffer and one by Schneider made it 22-13 before DuBois got the serve back. The teams traded sideouts. A block by Taylor DaCanal and Stauffer gave ECC the serve back leading 24-18. An ace by Hayley DaCanal gave Elk the 25-18 win.
Carli Schneider led ECC with seven service points and six blocks. Marissa Cunningham had six service points while Taylor DaCanal had five.
“I think we played sloppy but we controlled the match. We adjusted to what they had to offer but we kept the pressure on them,” said ECCHS coach Diane Gies.
“We’re looking forward to going to Bradford Thursday and avenge our only loss of the season. We have to continue to get better and stay healthy,” added Gies.
The ECC junior varsity squad won in two.
The Lady Crusaders return to action Thursday when they travel to Bradford. The junior varsity match starts at 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow.