Corry’s volleyball team played a scrappy, senior-laden Girard Yellow Jacket team on Tuesday night. Girard, coming off a Covid shutdown, and Corry, missing senior middle hitter Maggie Dow due to illness, were both near the top of the Region 4 leaderboard.
Corry took the match in three straight sets, 25-20, 25-17, 25-12.
The difference in the match was determined at the service line where Corry’s tough serves kept the Yellow Jackets out of system and really unable to set their best hitter - No. 13 Kayla Sharman.
Corry scored early and often on kills by senior Miranda Nickerson and four different players serving up aces (freshmen Halle Albers and Makenna Moore, junior libero Tayler Elchynski and senior Miranda Nickerson).
Once Corry got to a 10-3 lead, they held the seven-point lead the rest of the game until 23-17 when a couple of Girard kills and a Corry error shrunk the lead to 23-20.
A Girard missed serve and a kill by senior outside hitter Rachel Brady sealed the 25-20 win for the Lady Beavers.
In the second set, Girard came out fired up and played right with the Corry squad until 6-6, where Corry went on a scoring run and built the lead up to that significant seven-point lead, 14-7. From there the set went back and forth and Corry won the set easily 25-17.
Offensively, Rachel Brady took over, pounding nine kills with only one error. Senior setter Kiran Bugbee dished out most of the Brady sets putting up 10 assists and helping her own cause with two service aces.
In the third set, Corry never trailed and was never really threatened. The Lady Beavers found that lucky seven-point lead again at 14-7 after a double block by junior Elaina Brown and Brady.
The 25-12 victory saw lots of contribution from freshmen — middle hitter Aubrey Vanderhoof and Allison Sawyer collected kills off of Payton McCray’s setting, and Albers served up two more aces.
“Girard has a scrappy team and if you let them stay in system (passing the ball to the setter where she can run the offense), they can be a tough team to handle,” head coach Kelly Goodsel said. “We just kept them out-of-system and uncomfortable because of our tough serving and strong offensive swings. We had to change a few lineups tonight and the kids responded well. This could have been a “trap game” — no JV match, so things weren’t normal so, it was important that the team focused and handled the task at hand. I was pleased with the effort and told the team after the match; it was a good win; let’s keep getting better.”
Statistically, Corry was led by Brady with 18 kills and three digs. Kiran Bugbee had 20 assists, eight digs and two service aces. Kaylee Pierson and Vanderhoof both had four kills and a number of nice swings.
Elchynski led the team with 15 digs and two service aces. Albers led the serving efforts with three service aces.
Corry’s record is currently 6-2 overall and 6-1 in Region 4.