Ramettes win in Ridgway to improve to 9-3

Bob Parana - Staff Writer

Johnsonburg defeated the Lady Elkers 3-1 in volleyball action Monday night in Ridgway. The Ramettes won the first game 25-10, lost the second 27-25, and won the final two 25-11, and 25-14. It was their third-straight win and fourth in the last five matches. It was the first action in a week for the Lady Elkers who lost 3-0 in the Paper City last week before having home games with Cameron County and Northern Potter postponed due to COVID-19 precautions.

While the Ramettes remain hot winning nine of the last 10 games in the three matches, Ridgway head coach Kayleen Porter saw positive signs with her team who fell to 1-8.

“We’re on our way back. We still made a lot of mistakes but mentally I think we took a positive step forward. It wasn’t the same team that played in Johnsonburg last week,” said the head coach who was very unhappy with the team’s performance in the loss.
“I’ve been very impressed with their covering, blocking, and the way their handling the ball. They don’t let it drop. They made some great plays tonight. They know where they’re at on the court and they cut the angles well. I was happy with tonight’s performance,” said Ramettes head coach Matt Shuey who was pleased with how his team rebounded from the second game loss. “You’re going to have ups and downs. I think the girls recovered well and came back and did what they did in the first set to take the final two,” he added. Johnsonburg returns to action Wednesday when they host Austin.
Porter hopes the positives she saw will continue when the team travels to Bradford Thursday.

“We’re excited. I did change the rotation and did a few tweaks with subs and players. They like it and we’re going to use that for the rest of the season, capitalize on it, and turn [things] around,” she said.
It has been a strange campaign for the Lady Elkers who also had an earlier season home match with Smethport postponed due to virus concerns. Porter was happy to see how the Ridgway girls handled themselves after a disappointing week. “It was hard with two games being canceled and that tough loss in Johnsonburg. We’re looking forward to the road trip. We played much better volleyball tonight and I think it’s going to give us a boost moving forward,” she said.
Johnsonburg won the JV match 2-0.