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ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders secured a 3-0 victory (25-11, 30-28, 25-12) over Ridgway last night at Elk County Catholic High School.
"It's always good to finish out the season at home," Elk County Catholic coach Diane Gies said. "Tonight (Tuesday) is the cutoff for the power point ranking heading into the playoffs. We finished that part of it undefeated."
Ridgway opened the first set by scoring three of the first four points, the last of which came on a serve from Maria Buhler. Ridgway opened the lead to 5-2 before the Lady Crusaders rattled off six straight points. During the 6-0 run, the serve of Alexis Schlimm was aided by a kill from Lexie Meholic in the midst of that run.
The serve of Nicole Breier helped the Lady Elkers tie the opening set at 8-all before Elk County Catholic scored seven straight points which included a Meholic ace. Overall, the Lady Crusaders scored 17 of the last 20 points to take the first set by a score of 25-11.
Gies thought the matchup with the Lady Elkers would be a good test at the end of the season.
"Ridgway gave us everything we could handle tonight," Gies said.
At certain aspects of the game, we were in control. They never fully let us take control. They kept battling back and blocked us well and got some nice shots down on us. That showed us what we need to fix in practice tomorrow."
For more on this story see the Oct. 27 edition of The Daily Press.