SMA travels to ECC tonight
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch volleyball team snapped a four-match losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Curwensville Golden Tide Monday night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
Curwensville won the first set by a 25-22 score. The Lady Dutch came back to knot the match at one set apiece by taking the second set 25-17. St. Marys won the third set by a 25-20 margin and won the match by winning the fourth set by the score of 25-18.
“In our first game we were lackadaisical,” said St. Marys coach Erica Vogt. “But we were able to pick it up and pull out the win. Jolene Young got the game ball tonight for her passing. She has been passing very well. Lena Hanes had a great all-around game defensively and Jackie Lenze did a good job while she was in there.”
“Now we hope to pick up the pace for tomorrow,” added Vogt, referring to Tuesday’s match at Elk Catholic.
The first set of the night saw the teams trade sideouts as the game went back and forth. St. Marys eased out to a 12-9 lead at one point when Curwensville got the serve back. They went on a 5-0 run to take a 14-12 lead before the Lady Dutch got the serve back. SMA’s Brittney Tarle served an ace and Kristen Anderson recorded a kill as St. Marys took the 15-14 lead. The set went back and forth as it was tied on several occasions. Curwensville got the serve back with the score tied at 22. They served as ace, with St. Marys getting called for four hits and being into the net as the Tide won the first set 25-22.
The second set saw the Tide take a 5-2 lead. A kill by Katie McFadden gave St. Marys the serve back, 5-3. With Kiana Hoohuli serving, the Lady Dutch took an 8-5 lead. Hoohuli had an ace in that stretch while Tarle had two kills and Hanes one. With Jackie Lenze serving, St. Marys opened a 15-10 lead. The teams traded sideouts and St. Marys was able to maintain the five-to-seven-point lead to win the set 25-17.
With Hanes serving, the Lady Dutch took a 4-0 lead in the third set. The Lady Dutch were able to hold onto that four-point advantage for most of the set as they went on to win by a 25-20 score.
The fourth set saw the Tide open a 5-0 lead over the Lady Dutch. St. Marys came back to take a 6-5 lead on the serving of Hanes. She had two aces while Tarle had a kill in that stretch. The Lady Dutch got the serve back, leading 7-6. Hoohuli served three aces to make it 10-6. The teams traded sideouts as St. Marys held on to the four-point lead. Curwensville got the serve back, trailing 14-9. They went on a 4-0 run to trail 14-13. A kill by Bellina made it 15-13. With Bellina serving, St. Marys went up 18-13. She had two aces in that run. The Lady Dutch went on to win the set by a 25-18 score.
Lena Hanes led St. Marys with 14 service points and five kills. Kiana Hoohuli had 10 service points and four kills, while Brittney Tarle had eight kills and six service points.
St. Marys, now 3-7 on the season, returns to action tonight as they travel across town to take on the Elk Catholic Lady Crusaders. Junior varsity begins at 6 p.m., with the varsity to follow.