Kane Avenges Friday Loss, Tops Sheffield in Five

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Sheffield's Kassidy Orinko puts down a kill during a match against Youngsville on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Photo courtesy Rita Goldthwaite.

KANE, Pa. – Kane earned a home-and-home split Tuesday when the Wolves picked up a five-set victory over visiting Sheffield.

On Friday, it was the Wolverines who defended their home court and notched a five-set victory. Tuesday, it was the Wolves’ turn as they came back from an 0-2 deficit to get the 3-2 (22-25, 13-25, 25-12, 25-14 and 15-11) win.

Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay credited Kane’s ability to communicate as a key factor in the match.

“Kane is amazing at communicating with each other,” Lemay said.

Kassidy Orinko had another big game for the Wolverines with 19 kills, 18 digs, seven aces and six blocks. Emily Foster had eight kills and 18 digs, while Lynzie Grubbs had seven kills and three blocks.

Kadence Steffan ran the offense with 35 assists and had 22 digs.

“The individual talent on our team is something that I have never had in my coaching career,” Lemay said. “We have amazing athletes who can out-perform anyone they’re put up against. Where we are struggling is finding a vocal leader on the court, and that is hurting us. There is no one taking the reigns and stepping into that role. This is such a mental sport, and when we get down in a rabbit hole, we need someone who can calm the chaos and lead us out.”

After a stretch of five games in seven days, Sheffield will have a couple of days to get back on the practice court before welcoming cross-county rival Youngsville to the Ralph J Santo gymnasium on Friday.

“We need to work on some things at practice over the next two days and come back better,” Lemay said.

Kane won the junior varsity match, 2-0.