Sheffield Sweeps Brockway, Will Host Playoff Match

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SHEFFIELD, Pa. – On a day when they learned they would host a preliminary round playoff match, Sheffield showed what its capable of on its home court with a sweep of visiting Brockway.

The Wolverines (13-3) used a strong net presence to pick up a 25-20, 25-12 and 25-18 win over the Rovers.

“The focus tonight, more than anything was coming together as a team, and I think they were successful at that,” Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay said. “We have to be all in, one team to have lasting success.”

District 9 released the volleyball playoff brackets Monday. Sheffield, as the No. 6 seed in Class 1A, will host the No. 11 seed, Clarion-Limestone, in a preliminary round match Thursday.

Before that, the Wolverines had to take care of business Monday.

Kassidy Orinko was all over the court with 10 kills and 19 digs. Sheffield had 31 kills on 94 attempts and the trio of Orinko, Lynzie Grubbs and Lexi Goldthwaite combined for 12 blocks. Grubbs added eight kills as well.

“We had kills from all of our front row players,” Lemay said. “And our blocking was fierce tonight.”

Kadence Steffan ran the offense with 22 assists, while Annabel Sheldon had 12 digs defensively.

“Lily Lauffenberger, Maddy Roell and Syrena Antonuccio continue to serve consistently for us,” Lemay said. “As well as Emily Leichtenberger who had eight aces.”

Sheffield won the junior varsity match, 25-19, 23-25 and 17-15.

Roell had 12 digs. Hannah Grinnell had five kills and three aces. Emily Foster and Cali Silves each had four kills, with Foster adding five blocks. Antonuccio had eight digs and two aces.

The Wolverines close out the regular season with a trip to Union Tuesday.