High five: Warren County Christian wins fifth straight conference title

ERIE – The WCCS Lady Lions closed out another undefeated season while wrapping up their fifth consecutive New Penn Christian Conference Tournament Championship this weekend in Erie.

The Lady Lions opened with a quick 25-15, 25-9, 25-10 sweep of Erie Bethel in the semifinal round. Junior outside hitter Rachel Brenner (20 service points, 10 aces, eight kills, one block and five digs) led a total team effort with Desirae Kerr (nine service points, four aces, three kills, 10 assists and seven digs), Allison Weidner (six service points, two aces, two blocks and six kills), Kelsey Kelley (eight service points, four aces and 10 digs), Bekah Erdman (five service points, three aces and eight assists), Lydia Cox (four digs), Allie Marino (two service points, one ace, three blocks and three kills), Emma Marino (three service points and one kill), McKenna Phelps (one kill) and Kiara Baker (one block) also chipping in.

That win moved the Lady Lions into the championship, where they swept Erie First Christian 25-12, 25-15 and 25-23.

Again, a balanced attack was the story for WCCS as Erdman (15 service points, five aces, one kill and six assists), Kelley (10 service points, one ace, one kill and 10 digs), Weidner (four service points, two aces, one block and 10 kills), Kerr (three service points, one ace, two blocks and 13 assists), Brenner (five service points, two aces, one block, seven kills and three digs), Cox (seven service points, one ace and two digs), Allie Marino (one service point, one block and one kill), Emma Marino (one block and two kills), Phelps (one kill) and Rachel Beatty (one assist) all played a role in the win.

Brenner, Weidner and Kelley were named to the all-conference team for their efforts.

The Warren County Christian varsity team finishes the year with a record of 14-0 while the JV squad was also undefeated at 13-0. In addition to five straight NPCC Tournament championships, the Lady Lions have claimed at least a share of the regular season league title for the past six years.

Saturday’s tournament was a fitting send off for the team’s for seniors – Kerr, Weidner, Kelley and Allie Marino.

“For the most part it was really good,” said WCCS coach Monica Kerr. “I think they had a lot of fun playing their last games together. They enjoyed it and just did what they do.”