Lady Crusader volleyball picks up 3-0 win over Brockway

The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team raised their dual match record to 4-0 on the season with a 3-0 win over the Brockway Lady Rovers on Thursday night at the ECCHS gymnasium. Elk Catholic won the first set 25-13, took the second set 25-7, and finished off with a 25-15 win in the third set. "I thought that our net play tonight was very good. I think we controlled their offense by our defense. I think our defense was flowing really well tonight and we were scoring points off of our defense, which is a good thing and something we've been working on. I think we took a step in the right direction with that tonight, very pleased with our defensive-to-offensive transition and the ability to score points, which is really good," said ECC coach Diane Gies. "Overall, we're getting healthier from injuries and we're moving in the right direction. We just need to keep it going," she added. Elk Catholic took a 6-2 lead early in the first set and then widened the gap to 12-4 with good serving by Jessie Ginther and Carli Schneider. Brockway tried to battle back and was able to reduce ECC's lead to 14-7. With Marissa Cunningham serving, Elk pulled away to 18-7, and would eventually go up 21-12. With Ginther serving, the Lady Crusaders drew within two points of the first-set win with the score 23-13. A kill by VanEerden made the score 24-13, and an ace by Carli Schneider gave ECC the 25-13 first-set victory. The Lady Crusaders opened the second set with a 5-0 lead behind the serving of Taylor DaCanal. Elk and Brockway traded possession a few times and Ginther eventually took over serving with Elk Catholic up 10-2. With Ginther serving, the Lady Crusaders extended their lead to 20-3. Brockway was able to pick up a few points before a Brockway serve went out of bounds, making the score 23-6 in favor of ECC. Brockway picked up their final point of the set on a serve by Cunningham, Brockway returned the ball out of bounds on their next possession, and then also hit their return to DaCanal's serve out of bounds to give ECC the 25-7 win. After ECC took a 5-1 lead to start the third set, Brockway fought back to close the gap and tie the score at 9-all. The Lady Crusaders were able to pull back ahead on a short serve by Brockway, but then the Lady Rovers evened things up again at 10-all before they fell behind for good. Elk slowly worked to extend their lead, going up 12-11 on serving by DaCanal and then 15-12 on serving by Kirstie Wehler. With Ginther serving, ECC took a 19-13 advantage. Taking over serving, Carli Schneider was able to pick up a few more points for ECC, making the score 23-13. After trading serves with Brockway, Elk Catholic eventually came away with the 25-15 win, winning the match 3-0. Elk Catholic was led by Anna VanEerden with 10 kills and Carli Schneider with six kills and six blocks. The ECC junior varsity squad won in three games in the preliminary contest. Elk Catholic will be back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Sheffield Area High School to take on the Lady Wolverines. Junior varsity action begins at 6 p.m., with the varsity match to follow.