Sheffield takes a set but falls to ECC

Last season, a senior-laden Sheffield team traveled to Elk County Catholic and scored an upset win over the Crusaders.

This year, a Wolverine team full of freshmen and sophomores welcomed ECC to their house. The Crusaders avenged last season’s loss with a 3-1 win.

“We were every other game right with them,” Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay said.

ECC went up 2-0 with 25-21 and 25-13 wins in the first two sets, but Sheffield battled back to take a 25-23 win in set three.

“Again, the girls went down 2-0 and battled back and took one,” Lemay said. “They’re not dialing it in when they’re down and that’s huge for us.”

The Crusaders closed out the match with a 25-10 win in the fourth.

Despite hanging with ECC for most of the match, the youth and inexperience factored into the loss. Sheffield committed 40 unforced errors in the match.

“Unforced errors killed us tonight,” Lemay said. “We had 16 missed serves and 24 attack errors. That’s on us. That’s nothing Elk County did spectacularly. They’re a good program and always well-coached, but that’s 40 unforced errors we made. It killed us tonight.”

Megan Johnson had 22 assists for Sheffield while Annabel Sheldon had eight kills and 11 digs and Callen Copley added six service points and 12 digs in the loss.

The Wolverines head west on Route 6 Thursday for a cross-county clash with Youngsville.

JV: ECC 2, SHEFFIELD 0

ECC won the junior varsity contest 25-11 and 25-23.

Kaylee Grubbs had five service points and Lynzie Grubbs had three kills for Sheffield.

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