Spiking the competition
The Connellsville girls volleyball team appears to be clicking on all cylinders and that could be bad news for the rest of the teams in Section 2-AAA.
Thursday night, the Lady Falcons were dominant at the net, on defense and at the service line, as they cruised to a straight-set victory over visiting Peters Township. Connellsville defeated the Lady Indians, 25-16, 25-12, 25-12.
"We are focusing on playing 110 percent all the time," Connellsville coach Sara Pockstaller said. "We want to try to finish each game in three sets."
Their mission was accomplished against Peters Township.
The first set was tight early on, as Connellsville's Leah Ambrosini tipped in a shot to tie it at 10-10. Later, Anika Keno fired in a kill to make it 16-13, and then, added a huge block to push Connellsville's lead to 22-15. Cassie Show finished the first set with a kill.
In the second set, Show got Connellsville rolling with some hard serves and Keno and Ambrosini complimented those serves with a kill apiece to give the Lady Falcons an early 7-1 advantage.
Connellsville (7-1, 5-1) stayed in control through the second set, as Keno came up with another huge block at the net that sparked the Lady Falcons to the two-set lead.
Keno finished the game with three blocks to go along with 13 kills, while teammate Ambrosini notched four blocks and 11 kills. Show concluded her night with five kills, five aces and 23 service points. Setter Caitlin McCormick helped the offense with 29 assists.
"Leah Ambrosini had a really good game killing the ball and blocking the ball," Pockstaller said. "The play was good from Cassie, and Caitlyn made a lot of smart decisions."
Connellsville was able to finish the game in straight sets, as Show stepped to the line to start the third frame and served the Lady Falcons to a 7-0 lead. McCormick followed Show at the service line and lifted Connellsville to a 13-1 advantage.
Defensively, Connellsville was sound in their positional play and were never really threatened after the beginning of the first set.
Peters Township's Bethany Suchy had a nice game at the service line, but otherwise, it was a dominating effort by the Lady Falcons.
"They were more dominant," Peters Township coach Brandi Sroka said. "We had a lot of unforced errors on our serve-receive and our defense in general. It didn't look like we normally play. We'll have to practice a lot harder."
While Peters Township (10-3-1, 4-1) tries to fix what went wrong, the Lady Falcons will try to continue to keep their strong play going when they visit Laurel Highlands on Monday.
"This is probably the best we've been playing," Pockstaller said. "It's coming together for us at the right time."