Warren County Christian School clinched at least a share of the New Penn Christian Conference regular-season title with a 3-1 win over Erie First Christian on Friday at WCCS.
A little adversity goes a long way.
The Lions have barely lost a game in any match this season, but are the only group to have beaten Erie First. Losing the first game, 21-25, brought out the best in WCCS the rest of the match, 25-12, 25-15, 25-10.
"We got behind in the first game, and they got on a run, and that kind of shook (us), so we just didn't play as confidently," said WCCS coach Monica Kerr, whose Lions are 12-0 and have two regular-season matches left with the post-season tournament to follow. "But the second third and fourth we had the run to start."
Kaitlin Weidner had 13 service points, eight aces, four kills, five blocks, four digs, and 16 assists for lead WCCS. Allyssa Kerr got WCCS on a roll as first server in games 2, 3 and 4 and had 24 points, four aces, seven kills and nine digs. Jessie Lauffenburger finished with eight points, three aces, four kills, and five digs; Dymphee Zortman nine points, three aces, eight kills and four digs; Alivia Kelsey 13 digs, and; Whitney Poindexter three aces, four kills and four blocks.
Coach Kerr said this match has been the focal point "up until today," sand now the Lions must have higher aspirations.
The junior varsity team avenged an earlier loss to Erie First - the team's only loss of the season - with a 25-13, 23-25, 15-10 win.
Hunter Uplinger had 16 points, four aces and three kills; Breana Chelton four points and an ace; Hannah Cox five points and one ace, and; Katie Carpenter six points, two aces and one kill.