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Lady Crusader volleyball blanks Kane 3-0

October 14, 2011

Photo by Jim Mulcahy Elk Catholic’s Taylor DaCanal, 17, gets the ball past the block of Kane’s Cassie Whittemore, 24, on this play during the second set of last night’s match played at the ECCHS gym.

The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team recorded a 3-0 victory over the Kane Lady Wolves last night at the ECCHS gym.
The Lady Crusaders won the first set 25-10 and took the second set 25-19. Elk Catholic won the third set by a 25-11 score to win the match.
“We need to be more than one dimensional. Our defense was solid and our passing game was there,” said ECCHS coach Diane Gies.
“We played well tonight and it was good to get everyone in the game. We working on our weaknesses and improving in our strengths,” added Gies.
Taylor DaCanal and Lexie Meholic each had five kills. Taylor Schlimm had four blocks. Elk’s service game was led by Marissa Cunningham with six points, Helen Danz and Schlimm had five each while Kayla Weis and Jessie Ginther each had four.
The Lady Crusaders jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set behind the serving of Danz. After Kane got the serve, a kill by Meholic gave it back to ECC. With Hayley DaCanal serving Elk went up 7-1. Kane got the serve back to cut it to 7-3. The ECC squad slowly increased their lead to seven, 13-6. With Schlimm serving ECC took an 18-6 lead. She had two aces in that stretch with Ginther getting a kill. The teams traded serves. With Elk up 22-10 and Taylor DaCanal serving, Schlimm record a block. Kane then hit two shots out of bounds giving Elk the 25-10 win.
Kane opened a 3-0 lead in the second set. With Hayley DaCanal serving, Elk was able to take a 4-3 lead. Kane got the serve back at 4-4 but hit the next ball long. A kill by ECC’s Anna VanEerden made it 5-4. An ace by Taylor DaCanal made it made it 6-4. The teams went back and forth with Elk taking an 11-9 lead. With Ginther serving, ECC went up 14-10. The Lady Crusaders maintained the four to five point lead the rest of the set going on to win 25-19 and take a 2-0 lead.
With Cunningham serving, ECC opened a 5-0 lead with Meholic and Taylor DaCanal getting kills in that stretch. The Lady Crusaders were up 8-5 when Meholic began to serve. She picked up three points on kills by Carli Schneider and Ginther along with an ace. Kane cut it to 11-7. Elk got the serve back with Weis giving them a 16-7 lead. Schlimm had two blocks in that span. Kane cut the lead to 16-10 before Sadie Viglione began to serve for Elk. The Lady Crusaders scored six points behind the serve of Viglione with Ginther and Taylor DaCanal each getting a kill. Kane got the serve back and at 22-11 Ginther getting a point off a block giving ECC the serve. Cunningham served to aces to give Elk the 25-11 victory.
The Lady Crusader junior varsity squad won in two straight.
The Lady Crusaders, now 8-3 on the season, will be off until next Thursday when they travel to Sheffield. The junior varsity match begins at 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow.

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