Lady Tide fall in District 9 Class A volleyball playoffs|
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
ST. MARYS - The Curwensville volleyball team was swept by host Elk County Catholic Tuesday evening in the first round of the District 9 Class A playoffs. ECC won with scores of 25-22, 25-9 and 25-14.
"We played a quality opponent," Curwensville head coach Sandy Bailor said. "They have a very good offensive team. They were the hardest-hitting team we saw this season."
The Lady Tide got off to a rough start in the first set, falling behind, 7-1, before Bailor called a timeout to right the ship.
"I reinforced that they needed to settle down and play defense and then we could get our offense going," Bailor said. "We kept bringing up ECC's hits. Shauna (Guy), Melanie (Milliron), Logan (Witherite), Jazmin (Soult) and Jenna (Neeper) did a nice job pulling up the hits, and then we started to gain some confidence.
Curwensville came all the way back to take a 22-21 lead in the set before the Lady Crusaders were able to pull out the 25-22 win.
"We got some clutch blocking from Ciara (Strickland) and timely hitting from Shauna and Tierra (Shope)," Bailor said. "But we had a couple costly passes that hurt us, and we lost the set.
"We lost the last two sets 25-9 and 25-14, but the scores didn't indicate how well we played. We just couldn't overcome their offensive power."
Strickland led the Lady Tide with nine service points, eight kills and seven blocks. Shope recorded 12 service points, eight kills and five blocks.
Ciara had, by far, one of her best matches of the season," Bailor said. "She blocked, she played great defense and was solid at the serving line. Tierra played a nice match at the service line and at the middle position, which she has done all season long for us."
Alaina Stiles paced the team in assists with 28 and picked up seven service points and seven digs.
"Alaina had a great night, not only setting, but on the defensive side and on the service line as well," Bailor said. "All in all I am very proud of the way the girls came to play tonight and all season.
"I feel we had a good season and we had a lot of tough losses in five sets, and I can say this team never quit. That's all a coach can ask for out of her team."
Witherite had 11 digs, five service points and three kills, Milliron registered eight digs and six service points and Guy notched nine digs and five kills.
"We will definitely miss our four seniors (Shope, Neeper, Jordyn McFadden and Milliron)," Bailor said. "They have been great leaders and were committed to the program. I am looking forward to next season. We had a great jayvee season.
"Coach (Lara) Wiggins and Coach (Courtney) Thompson did a nice job getting the younger girls ready for the next level."