CORRY, Pa. – Rachel Brady had 16 kills to lead Corry in the District 10 Class 2A title match with a 3-1 (25-9, 23-25, 25-11, 25-19) win over visiting Fairview in the semifinals.
“I’m really proud of this team and how we played tonight,” Corry head coach Kelly Goodsel said. “Fairview is a tall and athletic team which can cause a lot of problems because of the block. Combine the block with how a couple of their players served, and it was a tough team to beat. I thought our serving was the difference, keeping Fairview uncomfortable and out-of-system made it difficult for Fairview to get consistent offense.
Corry started the first set on a 13-3 run and was never really challenged. Brady had four kills and a tandem block in the set, and Lindsey Mitchell had a couple of key aces.
“Early in the match we played some great defense with Mitchell, (Taylor) Elchynski, and (Miranda) Nickerson all contributing with point saving plays,” Goodsel said.
The second set was more of a dogfight early on with the teams tied at 12, but Fairview scored the next seven points thanks to some great serving to take control, at 19-12.
Corry answered with a 6-0 run of its own thanks to kills from Ciara Davis and Nickerson and two straight aces from Eichynski.
But the Beavers committed three straight errors to help Fairview go backup 23-19.
Again Corry fought back with a Davis kill and a Mitchell ace to cut the lead to 23-22, but the deficit proved too big to overcome.
But the comeback by Corry in the second set seemed to set the stage for what turned out to be a key easy third-set victory.
Fairview held early leads of 3-1 and 4-3 in the third set before a 10-3 run paced by strong serving by Kiran Bugbee (two aces) and a pair of Brady kills.
The Tigers continued to fight in the fourth set taking a 4-0 lead before Corry tied things up a six-all.
Fairview answered with another run, this time a 5-0 spurt, to take an 11-6 lead.
But a couple of miscues by the Tigers, three aces by Mitchell and three kills by Brady helped fuel an 11-0 Corry run that pushed the Beavers in front 17-11, a lead that was never relinquished.
Goodsel praised his seniors with David collecting seven kills and three blocks, AllisonZackiewicz running the offense with 32 set assists while adding 11 digs, four aces and a pair of kills on dumbles, and Mitchell recording five kills and 12 digs.
“The seniors really stepped up,” Goodsel said. “Lindsey Mitchell had one of her best all-around matches of her career.”
Corry will face Maplewood in the District 10 Class 2A title match at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Maplewood.
MAPLEWOOD 3, SHARPSVILLE 0
GUYS MILLS, Pa. – Behind strong performances upfront from Chloe Leech and Sadie Thomas, Maplewood swept past Sharpsville, 3-0 (25-7, 25-12, 25-7), to advance to the District 10 Class 2A championship match.
Leech led the Tigers with 14 kills, six digs, and four aces with Thomas added 10 kills and five digs.
Madison Vergona and Kaysea Thomas also contributed to the offense for Maplewood with three kills apiece.
Madison Crawford played a key role on defense for Maplewood with 10 digs, and Bailey Varndell ran the Tigers offense with 27 set assists while adding three aces.
Maplewood will take on Corry in the District 10 Class 2A title match at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Maplewood.
SAEGERTOWN 3, COMMODORE PERRY 0
SAEGERTOWN, Pa. – Behind nine kills and 12 digs from Brittany Houck, Saegertown swept visiting Commodore Perry, 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-13) in the District 10 Class 1A volleyball semifinals.
Dixie Kindervater added six kills and Averie Braymer five kills in the victory for the Panthers, while Amber Costello paced the defense with 23 digs.
Ava Jones ran the offense for Saegertown with 26 set assists and chipped in seven aces from the serving line.
Saegertown will face Cochranton in the District 10 Class 1A title game at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. It is believed that match will be at Saegertown.
FORT LEBOEUF 3, HICKORY 0
WATERFORD, Pa. – Anna Bayer had 15 kills, 11 digs, two blocks, and an ace to help Fort LeBoeuf sweep Hickory, 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-19) in the District 10 Class 3A semifinals.
Lauren Dahn also had a double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs while also recording an ace for the Bison, and Audrey Friedman contributed nine kills and two blocks.
Jordan Popowski (12 digs, 1 ace) and Katie Proctor (six digs, 1 block, 1 ace) also contributed to the victory.
Running a two-setter offense, Fort LeBoeuf got 19 set assists from Mackenzie Kulik and 18 from Kerringten Wasiulewski. Kulik also had four digs and an ace, and Wasiuelwski chipped in two kills and two digs.
Fort LeBoeuf will take on Conneaut in the District 10 Class 3A title game Thursday, Nov. 5.
CONNEAUT 3, VILLA MARIA 0
CONNEAUT LAKE, Pa. – Thanks to 22 kills from Cassidy Snider, Conneaut swept visiting Villa Maria, 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-11) in the District 10 Class 3A semifinals at Conneaut Lake Middle School.
Karlee Berchtold paced Villa Maria with eight kills while Karlee Kieklak added six kills.
Willa Regal ran the offense for the Victors with 17 set assists
Conneaut will take on Fort LeBoeuf in the District 10 Class 3A championship match at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5.
HARBOR CREEK 3, GENERAL MCLANE 2
Harborcreek, Pa. – Harbor Creek held off General McLane, 3-2 (22-25, 25-15, 25-21, 13-25, 15-11) in a regular-season matchup.
Harbor Creek stats weren’t available, but Lilli Mook had 11 kills, 19 digs, two aces, and a block for General McLane.
Kayle Seidle added eight kills, 14 digs, and four aces, while Rachel Lesuer chipped in 18 digs. Jenna Kulka ran the offense with 30 set assists and added 11 digs.