Lady Crusaders remain unbeaten win in Ridgway

Bob Parana - Staff Writer

Despite losing the first game to the Lady Elkers Thursday night in Ridgway Elk County Catholic grabbed momentum coming back from a 15-4 deficit to stay in the game the Lady Elkers won 25-3. The Lady Crusaders won the next three games 25-16, 25-20, and 25-18.

“We started off a little slow tonight. I don’t know if it was because we had back to back games but there’s no excuse. We started off a little slow and sloppy but we got turned around and got our offense going,” said ECC head coach Kelsey Morey. The win upped the Lady Crusaders mark to 5-0.

The loss dropped Ridgway to 1-4. “We’re tired. It’s been a long week. We beat ourselves tonight. We made some mental mistakes and some playing mistakes. They know it. There’s no sense in repeating it,” Ridgway head coach Kayleen Porter said.

The game was the third for the Lady Elkers this week they will be off until next Wednesday when they host Smethport. The break in matches is something Porter looks to use to the team’s advantage. “We’re going to capitalize and fix all these things. They have it in them because they’ve seen themselves play better volleyball,” she said.

Morey is pleased with how her team is getting better as the season progresses. “Things are going well. I’m really proud of them. I’ve definitely seen them evolve as players and as a team so I think we’re only going to get better. We had a late start to the season. We’re still learning how to play with each other but things are going good,” she said. The Lady Crusaders will host Johnsonburg on Tuesday.

Brooke Bauer, Maddie Marzulo, and Moira Stanisch all had outstanding matches for the Lady Crusaders. Gabby Weisner, Abby Hasselman, and Julie Aikens also stood out for ECC.

Ridgway’s Keyona Garner, Payton Delhunty and Carli Thomas played well at the net for Ridgway. Thomas also did a great job serving at one point she served for eight straight points. Eve Cobaugh, Lexi Cherry, Chloe Frank, Jenna Pavlock (great serving), Shaylee Patterson, Jessica Gilmore, and Precilla Ehrensberger also worked hard throughout despite the loss.

“It’s a game we have to put it behind us, pick ourselves up, and move forward and get back at it next week,” said Porter.