CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Playing consistent volleyball, Corry’s girls won 25-12, 25-12, 25-12 over Cambridge Springs in Thursday’s non-region match with Cambridge Springs.
“We were quick and efficient in a dominating win on the road as we beat the PVCA (PA coaches poll) 10th ranked team in Class A in three straight games,” said coach Kelly Goodsel. “We have seen pieces of the Cambridge team all summer and in pre-season, so we knew they would be scrappy on defense and would play hard. We took them out of their game early by serving aggressively and playing good defense.”
In the first set, senior outside hitter Maddi Vona came to play, scoring five kills and two service aces, while the birthday girl, sophomore Rachel Brady, also had five kills as Corry took the first set.
The second set started with a couple Corry errors that prompted an early timeout by coach Goodsel. When the Corry returned to the court, it was all business, jumping on Cambridge with an 18-5 run. The offense was balanced and clean with four players (Meg Goodsel, Vona, Brady and Miranda Nickerson) collecting multiple kills and three players (Goodsel, Melanie Scouten and Brady) blasting a service ace.
The third consecutive set ended 25-12 and felt a lot like the first two sets. Corry kept Cambridge out of system from the service line, was efficient offensively, and played solid defense. Sophomore Kiran Bugbee led the team with three kills while three players had service aces.
“The coaching staff is very pleased with the way we rebounded from a slightly sloppy Wilmington match,” claimed Goodsel. “I think we had the most efficient offensive performance in a long, long time. Typically, offensive efficiency is measured by hitting percentage (calculated by kills minus errors divided by hitting attempts) and Corry as a team hit 0.391, 31 kills with four errors, on 69 attempts.”
Key contributors to this performance included Vona with 12 kills, one error; Brady eight kills, one error; Goodsel and Bugbee both with three kills and zero errors; Hailey Smith, Miranda Nickerson and Ciara Davis combined for five more kills and only two errors.
“We continue to work on different lineups, defensive combinations and offensive plays that will give us more flexibility later down the road,” said coach Goodsel. “I was impressed with the way those pieces fit together so nicely. Whether it was juniors Melanie Scouten and Robyn Biondi from the service line, sophomores Lexi Frisina and Kiran Bugbee playing key roles, or freshman Tayler Elchynski on defense, everyone that stepped on to the court did their job well.”
In addition to the offensive efficiency, the defense play was impressive: Vona with 15 digs, Allison Zaczkiewicz with seven digs, Goodsel and libero Lindsey Mitchell both six digs.
Corry, now 4-0, continues a very busy schedule when it hosts a rare Saturday night game against Warren (1-3), JV starting at 6:30 p.m.