ECC Sweeps Sheffield

Sheffield's Lexi Goldthwaite. File photo courtesy Cody Elms

SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Some teams just have your number, something about them that makes it seemingly impossible to gain victory.

For Sheffield volleyball, that team is Elk County Catholic. The Crusaders came into the Ralph J. Santo gymnasium Tuesday and left with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-9 and 25-16) sweep over the Wolverines.

“If you put that team in different uniforms and called them something else, we’d play better,” Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay said. “I don’t know what it is about ECC that messes with them. ECC is a strong all-around team. They serve, pass, and hit strong, but we are better than we have shown them this year. Too many passing errors tonight led to too many free balls to ECC. They are a team that is going to take advantage of that.”

Kadence Steffan had another solid game for Sheffield with 11 assists and 11 digs. Kassidy Orinko added 16 digs and Lynzie Grubbs had five kills.

If the Wolverines, now 6-7 this season, want to make a return trip to the postseason, they’ll have to finish strong over the next two weeks.

“If we want to be a playoff team, we need to beat some of the teams that beat us,” Lemay said. “I know that they can do it, and I hope that they believe that they can too. We have Johnsonburg Thursday then DCC, Brockway, and Ridgway. We need to close the season out with four wins.”

ECC won the junior varsity match 25-9, 23-25 and 25-7

Emily Foster had eight digs, Lily Benton had five digs and three aces and Madison Connolly had three kills.