Sheffield splits matches
Sheffield was able to top a cross-county rival Eisenhower on Monday but fell to Elk County Catholic on Tuesday night, as the Wolverines make a final push to try to end the season on a strong note.
“We are now 6-7 on the year, and if we want to be a playoff team, we need to beat some of the teams that beat us,” said Wolverines head coach Melissa Lemay. “I know they can do it, and I hope that they believe that they can, too.”
Sheffield’s win over the Knights came in three sets (25-8, 25-10, 25-17). Kassidy Orinko went perfect from the line (23) with 11 aces. Orinko also had five kills and six digs. Kadence Steffan had 12 assists and eight digs and Lynzie Grubbs contributed five digs and four kills. Sheffield only committed four service errors against Eisenhower.
Following the big 3-0 win Monday, the Wolverines lost in three to the Crusaders on Tuesday, 11-25, 9-25, 16-25.
“If you put that team in different uniforms and called them something else, we’d play better,” said Lemay of Sheffield’s struggles with Elk County Catholic. “I don’t know what it is about ECC that messes with them. ECC is a strong all-around team. They serve, pass, and hit strong, but we are better than we have shown them this year. Too many passing errors tonight led to too many free balls to ECC. They are a team that is going to take advantage of that.”
Orinko had 16 digs, Steffan added 11 digs and 11 assists, and Grubbs had five kills.
The Wolverines remaining opponents include Johnsonburg on Thursday, followed by Dubois Central Catholic, Brockway, and Ridgway.
“We need to close the season out with four wins,” Lemay said.