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The Ridgway Area Lady Elkers came up with a 3-2 victory over the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch in a volleyball match held on Tuesday evening at the Ridgway Area High School gym. Ridgway took the opening game of the best-of-five set at 25-12, with the Lady Dutch taking the second game, 26-24. The Lady Elkers came up with a 25-13 win in game three, but the Lady Dutch took game four by a 25-26 score. In the final game, the Lady Elkers won by a 15-10 score to win the match 3-2.
"We didn't play our best volleyball tonight," said coach Erica Vogt of St. Marys following the game. "The first game we did not look good at all, but after that we played a little better, with the fourth game being our best. In the fourth game, we put it all together as we passed well, served well and hit the ball down pretty good."
"We have the ability to play very good volleyball, but we still need to work on our mental game and our intensity," said Vogt.
The Lady Elkers were led in the service department by Brianna Stenta with 14 service points, followed by Katie Oknefski with 12, Kylee Reynolds with 11, Nicole Breier and Ellie Woodford with eight each, and Erica Thorwart with four.
Abbey Cribbs and Chelsie Gaton led the Lady Dutch in the service department with eight service points each. They were followed by Kayla Hoohuli with seven, Sami Hanes and Karisa Krieg with four each, Carley McMackin and Chelsea Gregori with two each, and DeAnna Yost with one.
In the kill department, Nicole Breier led the Lady Elkers with 15, followed by Kylee Reynolds with 12, Erica Thorwart with nine, Brianna Stenta with five and Katie Oknefski with two.
Kayla Hoohuli had 16 kills to lead the Lady Dutch. She was followed by Chelsie Gaton with 11, Karisa Krieg with eight, Kindred Wiseman and Abbey Cribbs with five, and Shelby Zomchik with one.
Hoohuli had three blocks for the Lady Dutch, while Breier had two and Reynolds one for Ridgway.
The first game found the Lady Elkers jumping out to a 7-3 lead and never looking back. They pushed it to 14-5 at one point and to 23-11 before winning by a 25-12 score to take a 1-0 lead in games.
The second game found the Lady Dutch going up by a 7-3 score, then pushing it to 16-7 before the Lady Elkers began a comeback. Ridgway tied the game at 19-19 and went up 22-20. St. Marys then came back to win six of the next eight points to win the game 26-24 and tie the match up at 1-1.
Ridgway regained momentum in the third game, moving out to a 10-8 lead and never trailing after that. They pushed their lead to 16-11, then to 23-12, before finally winning by a 25-13 score to go up 2-1 in the match.
The Lady Dutch reversed the trend in the fourth game as they took control of that game. They went up 7-3 early on, then increased it to 19-9. Ridgway made a bit of a comeback to cut the final margin of victory for the Lady Dutch to nine points, 25-16, tying the match up at two games each.
In the final game, the two teams played evenly early on, as the score was tied at 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, and 5-5 before the Lady Elkers took a 9-6 lead. Ridgway then outscored the Lady Dutch 6 to 4 down the stretch to win the game 15-10 and the match with 3-2.
The Lady Dutch will return to action on Thursday evening when they travel to Johnsonburg to take on the Ramettes. The J.V. match will start at 6 p.m., with the varsity to follow.
St. Marys J.V.s won
The St. Marys Junior Varsity squad ran their slate to 13-1 with a 2-0 victory over the Lady Elker J.V.s in the preliminary match.
St. Marys took the first game by a 25-13 score, then took the second game by a 25-20 score to win the best-of-three match 2-0.