SHEFFIELD, Pa. – It wasn’t perfect, but the Sheffield volleyball team got the job done in a four-set win over visiting Brockway Tuesday.
The Wolverines battled some “inconsistencies” but “ran the offense well” in a 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-12 and 25-20) victory over the Rovers.
“We ran the offense well,” Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay said. “We just had some inconsistencies, but we served well and ran the offense effectively.”
Sheffield jumped out to a 13-6 lead to start the first set, thanks in large part to Emily Foster’s strong net play. The sophomore had multiple kills and blocks to help the Wolverines build their lead.
Unforced errors helped keep the Rovers in the set, but Sheffield was able to pull away for the 25-15 win.
The Wolverines raced out to an 8-3 lead in the second, but again, unforced errors allowed the Rovers to cut the lead to one, 8-7. Kassidy Orinko had a kill from the back row to end the Brockway run.
Three straight Syrena Antonuccio aces pushed Sheffield’s advantage to 16-8.
Brockway responded with a 7-1 run to cut the lead to 17-15, then tied the set at 20-20. The Rovers took the lead 22-21 and finished the comeback with a 25-22 win.
The Rovers kept some of that momentum into the third, but the Wolverines held a 12-9 lead. Sheffield took over at that point and finished the set on a 13-3 run to take a 2-1 match lead with a 25-12 win.
Sheffield again jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the fourth, but Brockway came back to tie the set at 15-15. The teams battled through the remaining points until Foster put the match away with an emphatic kill for a 25-20 set win.
Kassidy Orinko (14 kills and eight digs) and Emily Foster (10 kills and six blocks) were strong at the net, while Madeline Roell had 20 digs and Kadence Steffan ran the offense with 41 set assists and had nine digs.
Steffan ran her career assist total to nearly 800 (782) with Tuesday’s effort.
“She’s (Steffan) learning the game more and more,” Lemay said.
Sierra Morelli had eight assists and a pair of blocks for the Rovers. Lauren Randos had five kills and Kalina Powell had 25 digs.
“Their libero (Powell) is outstanding,” Lemay said.
The win kept Sheffield’s playoff hopes alive, but the Wolverines will need to get another victory against Ridgway during Senior Night on Thursday to make a return trip to the postseason.
“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Lemay said. “We went five with Ridgway the last time. If we show up to play, if we show up to win, we can do it.”