From Staff Reports
FAIRVIEW — Three tight matches all went against Corry in last night’s volleyball match, Fairview winning in a sweep 25-21, 25-17, 25-23 in Region 5 opening play.
“Overall, the team didn’t play to its ability and I feel like we let an important match slip away,” reported coach Kelly Goodsel. “We have to give some of the credit to Fairview, their outside hitters played well and defensively they kept the ball alive when they had to. I think it is going to be a much different match when they have to travel to Corry.
“In each game we got stuck in a rotation where we gave up multiple points and when you play tight matches, as many of them will be in our league, those 2 to 4 point runs are the difference in the score at the end,” he noted.
“I think the key to the overall match was our middle hitting — the core to our offense — had an off night and the strength of Fairview’s offense — outside hitters — had one of the best games of their season,” Goodsel claimed.
For Corry, senior Hilary Berkhous had eight kills and one block, Emily Greer with five kills plus eight digs and two blocks.
Shana Merkle led the team in serving with two aces. Kristen Dennis had 10 assists and Molly Jordan six assists. Jordan and Sammi Mitchell both stood out with nice defensive plays and Tabitha Jaggi did a nice job offensively off the bench with three assists and two kills, Goodsel pointed out.
Fairview took the junior varsity match 25-22, 11-25, 15-12.
Corry was led by sophomore Karlie Bailey with four kills, freshman Hannah Kondrlik had eight assists and Brittany Zajac two service aces.
“We continue to improve each match, however, the girls need to be able to play from the start to the finish,” said coach Danielle Bailey. “We started out the match playing strong and aggressive, but were unable to continue the momentum all three games.”
Corry hosts Northwestern on Thursday night.