Sheffield Sweeps Union for 5th Straight Win

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SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Sheffield volleyball continued its hot start to the season with a sweep over visiting Union Saturday.

(Photo by Brian Hagberg. Sheffield’s Kadence Steffan sets to a teammate during a match against Union at Sheffield High School, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Steffan finished with 28 assists as the Wolverines topped the Damsels, 3-0)

High percentage serving and solid passing are often keys to a winning formula, and the Wolverines excelled at both against the Damsels. Sheffield served at 95 percent, and passed at 77 percent in a 25-12, 25-23 and 25-16 victory.

“The team, overall, only had four missed serves today,” Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay said. “Solid serving and passing is what it takes to win games, and the girls did both today.”

Emily Leichtenberger led the way from the service line, with runs of six and seven straight points in the first set, and eight straight in the third.

(Photo by Brian Hagberg. Sheffield’s Emily Leichtenberger puts down a kill against Union during their match at Sheffield High School, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020.)

Annabel Sheldon had 12 digs, while Kadence Steffan and Maddy Roell added nine each.

Sheldon led the offensive attack with 13 kills. Lynzie Grubbs added eight and Leichtenberger and Kassidy Orinko finished with six each. Grubbs and Orinko had four blocks apiece. Steffan ran the offense with 28 asssits.

(Photo by Brian Hagberg. Sheffield’s Annabel Sheldon puts down one of her 13 kills during a match against Union at Sheffield High School, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020.)

Sheffield now stands at 6-1 on the season.

The Wolverines won the junior varsity match, 25-15 and 25-19. Sheffield’s JV record also improved to 6-1.

Sheffield will travel west on Route 6 Monday for a tilt at Youngsville.