Sheffield volleyball earns signature win over ECC

ST. MARYS – Sheffield volleyball coach Melissa Lemay isn’t sure the last time a Wolverine team beat Elk County Catholic, but she knows its been a long time.

That all changed on Tuesday, however, as orange and black stunned the Crusaders in four sets – 25-21, 25-21, 15-25, 25-22.

“I could not be more proud of all of them,” coach Lemay said. “I’ve told them they can compete against anybody – bigger schools, smaller schools, public schools, private schools – and they are buying into that.”

Much like they did against Bradford, another traditional power, Sheffield jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Unlike that match, however, they were able to finish the job.

Taya Bailey got banged up in the third and Lemay moved sophomore Marissa Grubbs to libero and freshman Emily Leichtenberger to outside hitter.

The result was a 25-22 win in the fourth set to seal the match and a signature win for the program.

“They did amazing,” Lemay said of Grubbs and Leichtenberger. “I’ve been telling them, you’re not middle hitters, you’re not outsider hitters, you’re volleyball players and they have really bought into that. They fought for each other tonight.”

Lemay also noted the big games of Eliza Davidson, who had 19 kills and 19 digs, as well as Lexi Lyon, who tallied 13 service points, 11 kills, six aces and four blocks. Grubbs had 12 service points and 31 assists.

It’s a team and program that have come along way in the last year. “It takes awhile,” Lemay said. “I’ve said to the girls, where we have come from, it’s been a year and three weeks and it’s a huge amount of improvement.”

The JV team fell 19-25, 24-26.

Selena Foster (7 service points) and Megan Johnson (6 service points, 5 assists) led Sheffield, which, after spending the last two weeks on the road, returns home to face Ridgway on Tuesday.”

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