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TCCS wins thriller; Sheffield battles Elk County Catholic

A night after dropping a 5-set thriller, Tidioute Community Charter School came right back to reverse their fortunes with a 5-set win over visiting Union Thursday.

The Bulldogs won 25-22, 16-25, 25-23, 22-25 and 16-14.

Greysen Fors had a pair of aces, three kills, eight digs and 17 assists, Shelby Proctor had three aces, seven kills and 8 digs, with Brooke Martin adding two aces, two kills and 18 digs, Nakiesha Krouse an ace, a block, five kills and 13 digs, Ariel Meece chipping in two aces and six digs, Kelsey Nuttall four aces and 13 digs, Jenna Hunt four kills and two blocks and Angelina Sabella putting down two kills with two digs.

TCCS heads to Jamestown Tuesday for the first round of the District 10 1A playoffs. The winner there plays the winner of Saegertown and Mercer.

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JV: Union 2, TCCS 1

Union won the junior varsity match 25-7, 11-25 and 15-9.

Proctor (kill, 2 digs), Sabella (3 kills, 2 digs), Julia Blake (ace) and Aspen Fors (5 assists) all played well for the Bulldogs.

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ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 3, SHEFFIELD 0

ST MARYS, Pa. – Last year, Sheffield took a senior-laden team into the gym at Elk County Catholic and came away with one of the biggest wins in recent memory.

This year, the Wolverines took a group of primarily underclassmen to St. Marys and were, somewhat predictably, swept. However, Sheffield played the veteran Crusaders closely, falling 25-19, 26-24 and 25-20.

“We were in it in all three games,” Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay said. “We played some of the best defense we’ve played all year. Both Elk County coaches commented after the game how strong our defense was.”

Lemay pointed to Marissa Grubbs, Anabel Sheldon and Emily Leichtenberger-a junior, freshman and sophomore, respectively-as having strong defensive games. The trio combined for 47 digs on the night.

“A lot of our freshmen and sophomores have had significant playing time,” Lemay said. “That’s valuable when you’re trying to grow the program. This year, they’ve been getting those reps.”

Leichtenberger had 11 digs and 10 kills, Sheldon had 13 digs, Grubbs 23 digs, Megan Johnson 17 assists and Lynzie Grubbs four kills and three blocks in the loss.

That the Wolverines hung with a tough opponent on the road only points to good things in the near future, according to Lemay.

“We talked a bit about it tonight, we have to find a way to take it over the finish line,” she said. “We need to find whatever it is that gets us from almost there, to there. If we continue to put in work in the offseason, that will be the difference between being OK and being great.

“You can tell (the loss) feels like it means something to them, and that’s big,” she continued. “At the end of the year, they see how good they can be so when we lose, it hurts. We need to get a taste for winning and build on that.”

Sheffield closes out the regular season at home Monday against Brockway. They will recognize Selena Foster and Callen Copley during Senior Night festivities and try to send them off with a victory.

“If we play like we played tonight against Brockway,” Lemay said. “We’ll get our seniors a win.”

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JV: ECC 2, Sheffield 0

The Crusaders won the junior varsity match 25-9 and 25-15.

Sheldon had nine digs and two kills, Lily Lauffenberger had five digs and four assists and Ana McLaughlin added five digs.

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