Ridgway volleyball hands ECC 3-0 defeat

The Ridgway Lady Elker volleyball team improved to 7-0 on the season as they handed the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader squad a 3-0 loss at the ECCHS gym.The Lady Elkers won all three games by identical 25-23 scores.“We came off of Tuesday’s match with Kane knowing that they did not see us at our best,” said Ridgway coach Janet Redmond. “We had a very good practice last night. The girls are determined and we had a good competitive match against Elk Catholic.” “The girls just don’t quit. They’re determined. They don’t look at the score, they just play our game. This was an awesome win for them,” added Redmond, who noted that her squad only had four service errors in the match.The Lady Elkers were led by Nicole Breier with nine kills, while Katie Oknefski had six.Elk Catholic was led by Lexie Meholic with 13 kills, while Jessie Ginther added six and Taylor Schlimm five.“Ridgway played well tonight. We’re still developing and they are really improving,” said ECCHS coach Diane Gies.“We’re trying to find ourselves and I hope we give them a better match in Ridgway. We seem to play well and focused at times, but it was the little things that came back to get us tonight.”The first game went back and forth early until the Lady Crusaders were able to open a 13-7 over the Lady Elkers with Taylor Schlimm serving. Ridgway got the serve back on a kill by Breier. Ridgway closed the gap to 14-11. The teams traded serves back and forth as ECC held a 22-20 lead on a kill by Kirstie Wehler. A kill by Breier gave the serve back to Ridgway. With Erica Thorwart serving, the Lady Elkers tied the game at 22 with a kill by Breier. An ace by Thorwart made it 23-22 Ridgway before the next serve was short, giving Elk the serve. ECC’s serve went out of bounds, 24-23, Ridgway. Ridgway won the game 25-23 as ECC was called on the net.The second game was a repeat of the first, as neither team was able to build more than a four-point lead at any one time. The game was tied at 23, with Breier serving. A kill by Jenna Hoffman and one by Oknefski gave Ridgway the 25-23 victory.With Ridgway leading 8-5 in the third game, Elk Catholic was able to tie the game at 8-all with Schlimm serving. The remainder of the game was back and forth, as neither team led by more than four points. Ridgway tied the game at 20 as ECC’s serve went long. Ridgway scored a point off a Hoffman serve. A kill by Taylor DaCanal of ECC tied the game at 21. A kill by Wehler made it 22-21. ECC’s next serve went out of bounds, 22-22. The Lady Elkers went up 23-22 with Ellie Woodford serving. A kill by Wehler knotted the score at 23. With Taylor DaCanal serving, Oknefski got a kill, 24-23. The return of Oknefski’s serve went into the net as Ridgway won game three 25-23 and the match 3-0.The Elk Catholic junior varsity won in two games.The Lady Crusaders, now 4-2 on the season, will travel to Johnsonburg next Tuesday. Ridgway will host Sheffield Tuesday. Junior varsity action begins at 6 p.m., with varsity matches to follow.