West Shamokin volleyball team's upset bid against OLSH falls short
By Matt Grubba
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, 11:42 p.m.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart was six points from a easy win, but West Shamokin wasn't going down without making a stand.
The sixth-seeded Wolves scored the final 11 points to take the third set and surged ahead in the fourth before No. 3 OLSH settled down to claim a 3-1 win in the WPIAL Class A girls volleyball quarterfinals Tuesday at Avonworth.
Lexie Yoho had a match-high 20 kills for the Chargers, who moved on to face No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday at North Allegheny.
Seniors Amanda Wensel and Alecia Calhoun led the Wolves with 13 and 10 kills, respectively, in their final match. The set scores were 25-15, 25-15, 19-25 and 25-20.
“The girls showed a lot of fight and a lot of toughness out there, and OLSH was very good,” Wolves coach Dan Spencer said. “We had to beat them. They weren't going to roll over, but if we could've taken it to five, that momentum would've been on our side.”
OLSH controlled the first two sets and appeared to be on its way with a 19-14 lead in the third, but a kill by Wolves freshman Katie Glover put the serve in the hands of sophomore Stephanie Schrecengost, and the rally was on. Glover had three more kills in the set, sophomore Carmen Riggle had two key blocks, and Schrecengost served 10 straight points to fuel a West Shamokin comeback in the set.
“That's been our season. We need those Duracell batteries so we stay on like that all the time,” Spencer said.
West Shamokin kept the momentum into the fourth and started with a 10-6 lead. OLSH regained control by doing what it does best: going to 6-foot senior middle hitter Yoho and their other big finishers in the middle.
“When we're in our system, we run middle well, and it's hard to defend,” OLSH coach Mike McDonald said. “Give them credit. They hit a lot of balls back to us and got us out of our system for a bit. Some of the balls Lexie hit real hard, and they made great digs.”
Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @Grubba_Trib.
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