Ramettes sweep Austin to improve to 10-3

Bob Parana - Staff Writer

Ramettes sweep Austin to improve to 10-3

The Ramettes volleyball team won their fourth straight match with a 3-0 win over visiting Austin Wednesday. The Johnsonburg girls swept the match 25-15, 25-18, and 25-12. They’ve won 12 of their last 13 sets to improve to 10-3.

“I think we’re progressing. That was our goal at the beginning of the year. We’re cutting out our errors and hopefully we can keep that going,” said Ramettes head coach Matt Shuey who was able to show some new looks against the winless Lady Panthers. “I saw some good things tonight from a few new setters and a couple young setters. We’re looking at a few different things to get a bit more consistent,” he added.

Johnsonburg jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first game. Mackenzie Sallack’s serving ace got the ball rolling and was followed by a kill by Alaina Sherry, another ace, and a kill by Emma King. A later kill by Tess Kocjancic upped the margin to 11-6. Austin got as close as 20-14 before the Ramettes took back control with an Ella Stauffer kill before Kocjancic served an ace and Sallack had a final kill to end set one.

The Lady Panthers led 12-10 before J-burg rattled off three straight points. Haley Zimmerman took over serving duties with her team up 15-14 and upped the score to 21-13. The run included two aces and a nice tip by Sherry. Austin twice got within six but Sallack ended the game with a kill, giving her team the 25-18 win.

The Ramettes built a 5-0 lead to open the final game. A serving ace by Sarah Love eventually upped the lead to 14-5. Kills my Mackenzie Freeman and King put the Ramettes in front 18-6. An ace by Brianna Moore and tip by Ella Lindberg was included in a 5-0 J-burg run upping the lead to 23-7. Austin pulled within 24-12 before the game was put away.

Megan Bienkowski, Alexa Mahoney, and Brittany Kudrick also contributed throughout the match.

Up next for Johnsonburg is Elk County Catholic at home on Monday. The two teams split a pair of games earlier in St. Marys and the Ramettes handed the Lady Crusaders (10-1) their only loss. ECC is at Kane tonight.

Shuey who is giving his team a day off is looking forward to what should be an intense match. “They’re hitting their stride as well. Playing them back to back over there was a little rough. They’ve been beating good teams and beating them well. It’s going to be a big match and it’s going to be fun,” he said.