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Sept. 6, 2022 D9/10 Volleyball: Clarion Opens Season with Another Win; Cochranton Rolls

Clarion's Taylor Alston bump sets during the first set of the Lady Cats 3-0 win over Cranberry, Clarion's 46th straight victory

SENECA, Pa. – It wasn’t pretty at times, but two-time defending PIAA Class 1A champion Clarion ran its winning streak to 46 straight matches with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-17) win at Cranberry.

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Clarion, which has also won 57 in a row vs. D9 opponents dating back to a loss to Otto-Eldred in the 2017 semifinals and 119 straight sets against D9 opponents (A-C Valey took the second set (26-24) on Sept. 24, 2019, got off to slow starts in all three sets, including 11-4 in the first set but rallied in all three to secure victories.

           

Taylor Alston, who was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg, was strong in multiple facets for the Lady Cats recording seven kills, three aces, three digs, and 11 set assists.

She talked about the win

Aryana Girvan led the Clarion offense with 10 kills while adding three aces and four digs with Grace Ochs serving five aces, including four in the third set, to go with a team-best 15 set assists. Hadlee Campbell and Adia Needham each added four kills, and Bri Pierce had eight digs.

Brooke Hart paced Cranberry with five kills, six aces, and four digs with Ayanna Ferrginer adding four kills, five digs, and two blocks, and Mackenzie Karns had eight digs and a block.

It was the 48th straight KSAC win for Clarion.

COCHRANTON 3, CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS 0

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS, Pa. – Brooklyn Needler had 12 kills to lift visiting Cochranton to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-9, 25-12) win over Cambridge Springs.

Devyn Sokol added seven kills, Eve Pfeiffer five kills, and Danielle Hoffman four kills for the Cardinals, while Taytum Jackson had 10 digs.

KEYSTONE 3, REDBANK VALLEY 2

KNOX, Pa. – Trailing two sets to none, Keystone rallied to knock off visiting Redbank Valley, 3-2 (16-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-8).

Leah Exley and Karley Callander each had eight kills and four aces for the Lady Panthers with Kennedy Kaye leading the defense with 31 digs.

           

Natalie Bowser played a solid all-around game for Keystone with 13 digs, five kills, two blocks, two aces, and 11 set assists, and Reagan Mays had 13 set assists.

Alivia Huffman paced Redbank Valley with 11 kills and 20 digs, Izzy Bond added 11 kills, Taylor Ripple had nine kills, and Caylen Rearick had 20 digs.

Mylee Harmon ran the offense with 28 set assists.

HARBOR CREEK BEATS FAIRVIEW

HARBOR CREEK, Pa. – Sam Zank and Liz Gunther each had seven kills to help Harbor Creek to a win over visiting Fairview.

Talon King added 10 assists for the Huskie while Elise Benim had seven digs.

WEST MIDDLESEX 3, COMMODORE PERRY 0

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Thanks in part to eight kills from Kennedy Beatty, West Middlesex knocked off visiting Commodore Perry, 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-18).

Caitlin Stephens ran the offense for the Big Red with 18 set assists while adding six aces, and Avery Hannah had five digs.

DUBOIS 3, RIDGWAY 0

DUBOIS, Pa. – Jeff Pfaff and Morgan Pasternak each had 10 kills to help DuBois sweep past visting Ridgway, 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-10).

Pasternak also added five aces in the win, while Gabby Gulvas had a team-best 14 digs.

Emily Snyder ran the offense for the Lady Beavers with 21 set assists.

ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 3, JOHNSONBURG 1

JOHNSONBURG, Pa. – A big night from Tori Newton helped Elk County Catholic outlast homestanding Johnsonburg, 3-1 (25-18, 25-22, 25-27, 26-24)/

Newton had 17 kills in the win.

Reagan Bauer and Maddie Bierley each contributed five kills in the win, Lucy Klawuhn had four aces, and Kiri Emmert ran the offense with 27 set assists.

NORTH EAST 3, CATHEDRAL PREP 0

ERIE, Pa. – Cadence Jones and Kayla Forsythe combined for 11 kills to help visiting North East to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-13) win over Cathedral Prep.

Jones led the Grape Pickers with six kills with Forsythe adding five.

Grace Sanfillipo ran the offense with 16 set assists and added five digs and Madisyn Szymanowski had eight digs.

Nikole McLallen led Prep with five kills, Hailey Sliker added 11 digs, and Cecelia Campbell had 15 set assists and six aces.

CONNEAUT 3, SHARPSVILLE 0

SHARPSVILLE, Pa. – Kaylee Mattera had 17 kills, six digs, and three aces to lift visiting Conneaut to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-20) win over Sharpsville.

Payten Karastury ran the offense for the Eagles with 33 set assists, Sylvia Prebor added eight kills and six blocks, and Laine Harrington had seven kills and five digs.

Also for Conneaut, Paris Karastury had 11 digs, and Mackenzie Wensel chipped in six aces, and four kills.

MAPLEWOOD 3, EISENHOWER 0

GUYS MILLS, Pa. – Bailey Varndell had 20 set assists and six aces to help Maplewood to a 3-0 (25-7, 25-3, 25-9) win over visiting Eisenhower.

Saide Thomas recorded nine kills and eight aces for the Tigers with Elizabeth Hunter adding seven kills. McKenna Crawford chipped in 12 digs and four aces.

Maplewood had 24 aces in the win.

DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3, BROCKWAY 0

BROCKWAY, Pa. – Kayley Risser had nine kills to help DuBois Central Catholic to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-14) road win over Brockway.

Emma Elensky chipped in five kills for the Lady Cardinals who also got eight aces from Marina Hanes and six aces from Melia Mitskavich.

Kalina Powell paced Brockway with three kills, nine digs, and an ace with Lauren Rendos adding six kills and three digs. Samantha Barber had seven digs, and Savannah Ross added seven set assists. Stephanie Stage chipped in three kills, four digs, and a block.

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KARNS CITY 3, NORTH CLARION 2

KARNS CITY, Pa. – Behind eight kills, eight digs, two aces, and two blocks from Ava Fox, Karns City held off North Clarion, 3-2 (25-13, 25-23, 15-25, 21-25, 15-12), at home.

Rosalie Carden added five kills, nine digs, seven set assists, and three aces for the Lady Gremlins with Kendall Ritzert chipping in five digs, five set assists, two kills, and two aces.

Also for Karns City, Natalie Hess had three kills and a block, Cayley Craig added three kills, Bethany Morrow had seven digs and an ace, and Nicole Taylor contributed six digs and three aces.

Kyler Freeman led North Clarion with 10 kills and 11 digs, Alexa Carll added 12 kills and six blocks, Kylie Disney had 28 digs, and Ainsley Hartle ran the offense with 31 set assists.

WARREN 3, FOR LEBOEUF 0

WARREN, Pa. – Alexia Bowers paced a balanced offense for Warren with nine kills and four aces to lift the Dragos to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-16) sweep of visiting Fort LeBoeuf.

Carly Beers added seven kills and seven digs for Warren with Maddy Jones chipping in six kills and four aces and Kylie Fehlman five kills and five blocks.

Summer Lucks had 10 digs in the win, and Lindsay Madigan ran the offense with 21 set assists.

GENERAL MCLANE 3, GIRARD 2

EDINBORO, Pa. – A big match from Lilli Mook helped General McLane topple visiting Girard, 3-2 (25-27, 25-13, 25-15, 19-25, 15-8).

Mook had a double-double with 16 kills and 12 digs while adding four aces.

Cassidy Swain chipped in seven kills for the Lancer with Elaine Corwin adding six kills and Emily Wismer and Bailey Cannon four each. Corwin also had seven digs and five aces.

Rachel LeSuer contributed nine digs and four aces, and Cannon had six aces.

Abby Ball ran the GM offense with 36 set assists.

FRANKLIN 3, CLARION-LIMESTONE 1

FRANKLIN, Pa. – Sydni Hoobler had 14 kills to help Franklin to a 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-21, 25-20) win over visiting Clarion-Limestone.

Gabby LaJeunesse paced the Knights’ defense with 18 digs, and Sydney May ran the offense with 25 set assists.

C-L, which lost setter Kendall Dunn to an injury early in the match, got eight kills from Jenna Dunn, seven from Ansley Burke, and six from Sarah Bottaro.

Kaylee Smith ran the offense after Kendall Dunn left with 18 set assists. Dunn had five set assists before the injury.

REYNOLDS 3, GREENVILLE 2

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Rylee Gearhart had 11 kills, an ace, and a block to help Reynolds to a 3-2 (25-27, 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 15-10) road win over Greenville.

Annie Loposky had a strong all-around match for the Raiders with 10 set assists, four kills, three digs, and a block with Addie Floch adding five aces, a kill, and a dig.

Ava Murcko also had three kills, two blocks, and two aces for Reynolds with Marissa Hillyer adding four digs, two aces, and a kill.

MONITEAU 3, FOREST AREA 0

WEST SUNBURY, Pa. – Marissa Pry had five kills, six aces, and a block to help Moniteau to a 3-0 (25-8, 25-6, 25-15) home win over Forest Area.

Abbey Jewart added seven set assists, seven aces, and a kill for the Lady Warriors with Sophia Fleeger chipping in two kills, six set assists, and six aces.

SAEGERTOWN 3, MERCYHURST PREP 2

SAEGERTOWN, Pa. – Brywn McLaughlin had 18 kills to help Saegertown outlast visiting Mercyhurst Prep, 3-2 (25-17, 20-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-9).

Alyssa Arblaster added 11 kills for the Panthers with Camryn Trzeciak leading the defense with 18 digs and Rylie Braymer adding 15 digs.

Lindsey Greco ran the offense for Saegertown with 35 set assists.

Addica Sperry had 22 kills and 16 digs for Mercyhurst Prep with Julia Seth running the Lakers offense with 32 set assists while adding six digs.

Also for MP, Avery Ollinger had nine digs, Mya Fuller had six digs, and Oliva Kulyk had six digs and four blocks.

KANE 3, SHEFFIELD 0

KANE, Pa. – Mia Anderson and Cora Jekielek combined for 19 kills to lift Kane to a 3-0 (25-11, 25-23, 25-11) win over visiting Sheffield.

Anderson led the Lady Wolves with 11 kills with Jekielek adding eight kills and nine digs.

Also for Kane, Mackenzie Blankenship had five kills and a block, Maya Smith added 16 digs and three aces, and Emma Danielson chipped in nine digs.

Jayna Johnson (14 set assists, 2 aces) and Elizabeth Yasurek (11 set assists) ran the offense for the Lady Wolves.

Kassidy Orinko had eight kills, 10 digs, and three blocks for Sheffield with Emily Foster adding four kills and 11 digs.

Kadence Steffan ran the offense for the Lady Wolverines with 14 set assists.

SHARON 3, MERCER 0

SHARON, Pa. – Tay Chester had 11 kills to help Sharon to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-10) home win over Mercer,

Victoria Byler added five kills for the Tigers who also got 11 set assists and five aces from Kylie Weirick and eight set assists from Emmalie Yobe.

WEST BRANCH 3, CURWENSVILLE 0

CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Curwensville was no match for visiting West Branch dropping a three-set decision (25-3, 25-6, 25-13).

Lizzy Palmer had three digs and a block for the Lady Tide with Brooklynn Price adding three digs and Savannah Carfley two set assists and a dig.

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