The 2020 Corry volleyball season finally started last night with the Lady Beavers sweeping the local rivals, the Union City Bears.
The first Region 5 match of the season took place at the Union City gym and it was definitely a different atmosphere from years past. What wasn’t different from previous years was Corry’s senior leadership.
Tuesday night saw Ciara Davis led the team with kills, Allison Zaczkiewicz led the team with assists, and Lindsey Mitchell led the team with service aces.
Corry won the match in three straight sets 25-12, 25-15, and 25-12. The first match of the season is always exciting for the coaches to see how the kids are going to perform, who steps up as leaders, and how the younger players fit into the faster game.
The first set of last night’s match saw Corry jump out to a 10-1 lead on solid serving by Mitchell. Corry continued building the lead to 17-4 and 23-8 on the junior class firepower from Rachel Brady, Miranda Nickerson and Kiran Bugbee. After a four point run, Corry closed the first set out, 25-12.
The second set started similarly, with setter Zaczkiewicz rattling off six straight points before Union City scored a few points and Corry helped with a few errors of their own. Davis stopped the run with a strong kill and then sophomore libero Tayler Elchysnki immediately served an ace to push the lead to 10-6.
Junior opposite hitter Maggie Dow pushed the lead to 20-10 when she sandwiched a block and service ace around more kills by Brady, Nickerson, and junior outside hitter Kaylee Pierson.
Corry and Union City traded points the rest of the way and finished the set 25-15.
In the third set, Zaczkiewicz and the Corry team again jumped out to a big lead, this time it was 7-0 before Union City scored its first point and went on to close out the match 25-12.
Some new faces are on the varsity court. Senior defensive specialist Jayda Martin saw her first action of the season — she hadn’t played since eighth grade — and sophomore Lakota Donaldson had a solid game with a couple of digs and nice serves.
Two taller underclassmen, sophomore Elaina Brown and freshman Sara Colwell, both saw their first varsity action.
“I was happy with how our team handled all the changes,” said head coach Kelly Goodsel. “Pre-game changes due to the COVID restrictions such as the number of fans in the stands, being isolated in the cafeteria before the match, limited players on the bench, etc., how they handled three different lineups, and playing with different teammates. We’ll enjoy tonight’s victory and get ready for a much tougher opponent on Thursday night.”
For Union City, Cyaira Zelinski had five kills and nine assists. ElizaReynolds had nine digs, Abbey Tingley had nine digs and Emma Hopson had five digs.
Corry enters the 2020 season in Region 5, which means the Lady Beavers will play each team in the region twice: Union City, Iroquois, North East, Seneca and Harborcreek.
Corry is chasing another region championship, which would be the seventh in the last eight years.