Wolverines fall at Bradford

BRADFORD, Pa. – Growing pains are a part of any young team, but they can look worse when they are against a very good opponent on the road.

That was the case on Thursday, as Sheffield traveled to Bradford, which has built a very strong program over the past decade, and fell 3-0 (6-25, 8-25, 9-25).

“We’re going to take our knocks and today was one of those days,” said Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay. “But it’s how you regroup, move forward and learn from your mistakes. It’s a win if we learn something positive from every match.”

Bradford, under the direction of coach Steve Daniels, was very strong at the net.

“They’re tough, aggressive and well-coached,” Lemay said.

A big bright spot for Sheffield was that both its serving percentage and passing percentage were better than their season opener against Johnsonburg on Tuesday.

The JVs also played much better. They lost 21-25, 16-25, but their serve-receive was significantly improved from the match against Johnsonburg.

For the Lady Wolverines, Kaylee Grubbs had five service points and Annabel Sheldon four kills.

“These games are going to be incremental wins for us,” Lemay said. “The more touches I can get them, the better.”

The Sheffield JV squad returns to action this Saturday at the Kane Tournament, with the home opener slated for Tuesday against St. Marys.