The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch volleyball squad celebrated Senior Night with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Brookville Lady Raiders in their regular-season finale at the "Dutch Oven" on Thursday night. The Lady Dutch won the best-of-five match, 3-0, on games of 25-19, 25-12 and 25-18.
"This was a good warm-up for the District Tournament, which will be next Saturday at Clarion," said Coach Erica Vogt of the Lady Dutch. "We served the ball very well tonight, as we has quite a few aces, but I didn't think we hit the ball down as well as we have been. We didn't have near as many kills as we usually have."
"DeAnna Yost really stepped up on defense for us tonight and Chelsie Gaton was really tough on the net, as she did hit the ball down pretty good," noted Vogt. "We ended the regular season playing some of our best volleyball, but now we will have to be at our very best when we enter the District Tournament on Saturday. We need to continue to play as a team, covering every inch of the court and backing each other up."
Kayla Hoohuli led the Lady Dutch in service points last evening with 13, eight of which were aces. She also had eight kills and two blocks. Chelsea Gregori was next in the service department with eight service points, including two aces. Carley McMackin had six service points, followed by Abbey Cribbs with five, DeAnna Yost with four and Chelsie Gaton and Karisa Krieg with two each. Both of Krieg's service points were aces.
Chelsie Gaton also had eight kills, followed by Kindred Wiseman with five, Shelby Zomcik with four, Karisa Krieg and Sami Hanes with two and Abbey Cribbs with one.
The first game of the night found the Lady Dutch moving out to a 6-1 lead early on, then pushing it to 12-5. Brookville cut it back to 19-15, but the Lady Dutch then outscored the Lady Raiders 6-4 down the stretch to win the game by a 25-19 score and take a 1-0 lead.
The second game started out closer, as the Lady Dutch were up 3-2, 5-4 and 6-5 before they began to pull away. They made it 10-6, then pushed it to 19-11. Hoohuli then served five straight aces to make it 24-11. St. Marys then went on to win 25-12 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five set.
Brookville took the early lead in game three, going up 2-1, 5-2 before the Lady Dutch grabbed the lead at 8-5. The Lady Raiders battled back to tie it at 9-9. St. Marys scored three straight point to take a 12-9 lead before Brookville cut it to 14-12. St. Marys pushed it to 17-12, then outscored the Lady Raiders 8 to 6 down the stretch to win the game 25-18 and the match 3-0.
St. Marys will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Clarion High School in the District 9-AA Volleyball Tournament. The three teams battling for the District 9-AA title will be St. Marys, Punxsutawney and Kane. The tournament will begin at 9:30 a.m.