New Look, Same Winning Ways for Sheffield Volleyball

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BROCKWAY, Pa. – The Sheffield volleyball team may have looked a little different cosmetically, but still played like the team that’s come roaring out of the gates in a sweep at Brockway Thursday.

(Screen capture courtesy Wolverine Volleyball Watch Party page. Sheffield volleyball unveiled new uniforms during their match at Brockway, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. The Wolverines swept the Rovers to improve to 5-1 on the season.)

The Wolverines (5-1) unveiled new uniforms for their 25-16, 25-18 and 25-15 win over the Rovers. Following a pair of matches where Sheffield had to battle back from deficits, the Wolverines were in complete control Thursday.

“We are playing well, but we feel like we have yet to play our very best volleyball,” Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay said. “We worked in practice this week on some different sets and attacks and we were able to run some of those tonight.”

Emily Leichtenberger led the attack with nine kills, while Kassidy Orinko and Lynzie Grubbs had eight each. Kadence Steffan ran the offense well, with 23 assists. Maddy Roell and Annabel Sheldon combined for 19 digs.

After a tough loss against Redbank Valley, the Wolverines have rattled off four straight wins. Lemay credits much of the early success to the depth Sheffield has built.

“Lily Lauffenberger and Lexi Goldthwaite are doing a great job subbing in for each other,” she said. “Lexi plays a good front row opposite Kadence, and Lily is serving consistently and doing well as a back row specialist. It’s so nice to have some depth on the bench. I’m so proud of how they are working together.”

Sheffield won the junior varsity match, 22-25, 25-19 and 17-15.

“They had to battle in the last set and they were able to come away with another team win,” Lemay said.

Sheffield will look to continue its winning ways when the Wolverines host Union Saturday. The match is set to begin at 11 a.m.