The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team handed the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch squad a 3-0 setback in a match played at the ECCHS gym.
The Lady Crusaders won the first set by a 25-17 margin. They won the second and third set by identical 25-21 scores to win the match.
The first set saw the teams trade the early points. With Lena Hanes serving, St. Marys went up by a 6-1 score. During that stretch, Katie McFadden and Taylor Bellina recorded kills while Brittney Tarle had a block. With Anna VanEerden serving, the Lady Crusaders cut the St. Marys lead 6-5. The teams traded sideouts. With Taylor DaCanal serving, Elk went up 9-7. Carli Schneider recorded a kill and a block. Elk Catholic eased out to a 17-13 lead. The Lady Dutch got the serve back trailing 17-13. With Hanes serving, St. Marys cut the ECC lead to 17-15. The teams traded sideouts as Elk took a 20-16 lead. Elk went up 22-16 with VanEerden serving. A kill by Bellina made it 22-17. The Lady Crusaders went on to win the set 25-17 on a kill by Jessie Ginther.
The second set again saw St. Marys Area open the early 9-3 lead on four service points by Tarle. The teams traded sideouts. With Jackie Lenze serving, St. Marys went up 12-3. Ginther got the serve for ECC as they cut the Lady Dutch lead to 12-9. Schneider had two blocks and a kill during the stretch. Later with Schneider serving, Elk evened the score at 15 on a kill by Taylor DaCanal. A kill by Kristen Anderson gave the serve back to St. Marys at 16-15. With Hayley DaCanal serving, Elk went up 18-16. The teams traded sideouts. With Sydnie Stauffer serving, ECC went up 21-17. Elk led 22-18 when Taylor DaCanal gave Elk a 24-18 lead on two aces. A kill by Tarle made it 24-19. An ace by Tarle made the score 24-21. The Lady Crusaders won the set 25-21 as the Lady Dutch shot went off a block.
The third set was back and forth. Elk tied the score at 15 on a kill by Sophia Yanak. With Schneider serving, the Lady Crusaders took a 21-15 lead. Elk was called in the net to make it 21-16. With Anderson serving for SMA, Kiana Hoohuli recorded a kill, making it 21-17 before Elk got the serve back. Elk went up 24-17 with Hayley DaCanal serving. A kill by Tarle made it 24-19. With Hanes serving, SMA cut the lead to 24-21. A kill by Taylor DaCanal gave Elk the 25-21 win as they took the match 3-0.
“It was a little sloppy on our part in the beginning but we settled down and turned our defense into offense to take control of the match,” said ECCHS coach Diane Gies.
“We had way too many unforced errors and we need to work on that,” added Gies.
The Lady Crusaders were led by Carli Schneider with nine service points, three kills and three blocks. Jessie Ginther added 11 service points.
The Lady Dutch were led by Lena Hanes with seven service points and three kills. Taylor Bellina added six kills and Brittney Tarle had five service points and three kills.
“We started out with fire and kinda fizzled out,” said St. Marys coach Erica Vogt. “We played on the level tonight that I knew we could play all season long. Lena Hanes, Jolene Young and Taylor Bellina all played well tonight. We have to be able to back each other up.”
“Overall, we have potential and we hope to put to good use in the next couple of games,” added Vogt.
The ECC junior varsity squad won in two sets last night.
Elk Catholic, now 8-2 on the season, will travel to Kane Thursday night while St. Marys, now 3-8 on the season, will play host to Sheffield Thursday night.
Junior varsity starts at 6 p.m. for both squads, with the varsity to follow.