Sheffield drops match to ECC

Sheffield’s Taya Bailey goes for a kill during Thursday’s home match against Elk County Catholic. The Wolverines fell in three sets – 25-14, 25-13 and 25-17.

After beating Elk County Catholic earlier in the season, Sheffield was looking to make it a clean sweep at their home gym on Thursday.

The Crusaders had other ideas.

Led by a strong offensive attack, ECC beat the Wolverines 3-0 – 25-14, 25-13, 25-17.

“They’re much improved,” said Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay. “I asked the girls and they said they are much improved, but we can’t use that as an excuse. We have to be better.”

The first game began 7-7, with kills from Eliza Davidson and Laurel Connelly.

Sheffield’s Laurel Connelly takes a swing during Thursday’s home match against Elk County Catholic. The Wolverines fell in three sets – 25-14, 25-13 and 25-17.

It was all ECC from there, however, as they reeled off eight-straight points and never looked back. Davidson, Lexi Lyon and Mya Grubbs all had kills as Sheffield tried to mount a comeback, but the Crusaders came away with the 25-14 win.

The second game began much like the first, with the two teams tied at 5. Again, however, ECC went on a big run, taking a 19-11 lead and was able to parlay that into a 25-13 win.

In the third, Sheffield wasn’t able to capture the lead. Lyon, Grubbs and Callen Copley both lanuched multiple kills, but it didn’t prove to be enough, as ECC completed the sweep.

“We play for every point, but gave up too many big runs,” Lemay said. “You can’t do that against a team like Elk County Catholic.”

Leading Sheffield were Copley (6 service points, 5 assists, 4 kills), Mya Grubbs (10 assists), Lexi Lyon (3 kills, 5 blocks), Connelly (4 blocks), Davidson (11 digs), and Taya Bailey (17 digs).

ECC also won the JV match 2-0 – 14-25, 10-25.

The Wolverines return to action on Saturday at the Kane Tournament.

“This is my second year as coach and we’re really trying to change the mentality,” Lemay said. “I can see it. We won four last year and have four right now with two more next week.”

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