WATTSBURG — Corry girls volleyball team earned its first Region 5 win at Seneca last night, the visiting Lady Beavers downing the Bobcats in four games 25-20, 25-22, 23-25 and 29-27.
“We got back to winning,” said coach Kelly Goodsel. “In the games that weren’t as close as the score indicated, we started to play up to our potential. After winning the first two games on tough serving and good passing, the third game slipped away from us.
“Then in the fourth game, we raced out to a big lead (22–12),,” he said. “Seneca starting serving better and our passing temporarily fell apart allowing them back into the game,” he reported. “And after several key game point plays, we were able to put it away in the fourth game.”
For Corry, Sophomore Kayla Stover led the offense with eight kills, no hitting errors and had two blocks. Emily Greer quietly had one of her strongest performances of the year with five kills, 11 digs, one block, and led the team in serving.
Junior Kristen Dennis and senior Molly Jordan led the way with 16 and seven assists. respectively.
Corry had a very balanced night with four kills and three service aces by Hilary Berkhous, three kills by Karlie Bailey, two kills by freshman Janele Greer, and some nice plays in pressure situations by Alex Puckly and Alissa Glass.
“Seneca just didn’t have an answer for our aggressive serving and overall height at the net,” said Goodsel. “Additionally, when we had the chance to put the ball down for a point, we did. We had the fewest hitting errors of the season and it really made the difference.”
Corry is 2-4 overall, 1-4 in the region. Seneca is 3-5 and 1-4.
Seneca won the junior varsity match 25-13, 25-27 and 15-13.
“We continued a very competitive set of games from the Saturday JV Tournament,” said coach Danielle Bailey. “After splitting the two pool play games on Saturday, Seneca took the first game fairly easily as we just didn’t warm up very well. However, we played a much better second game and won in a close, see-saw battle (27-25).
“The third game came down to a couple of good plays by them that we just couldn’t control,” she noted.
Karlie Bailey led the offense with three kills, plus solid setting by Taylor Roth and Hannah Kondrlik (both had three assists). Kondrlik had three service aces and Brittany Zajac had a very tough serve leading to five aces.
Corry hosts rival Fort LeBoeuf tonight, then has its own tournament on Saturday.