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Lady Elkers breeze by Lady Tide

September 30, 2011

Erica Thorwart dives for a ball during a 3-0 victory for the Lady Elkers over Curwensville.

Ridgway volleyball remained undefeated with a smooth 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-13) victory over Curwensville Thursday night at Ridgway Area High School.
The two teams were tied at 6-all before an 11-1 run gave Ridgway the separation needed to handily take the first. Ridgway had scored six straight to start the run as Erica Thorwart served two aces and Nicole Breier had three kills. Jenna Hoffman had a kill at 15-7 and Katie Oknefski had one at 17-7. Ridgway took the first set 25-12.
“That was a good win,” Ridgway coach Janet Redmond said. “Katie and Nicole had a lot of kills. Katie was on top with 16. Jenna Hoffman had some nice little dinks, that comes in handy catching the defense off-guard. When we took the court, we set the tone of the game and carried it to win in three so that’s all I can ask of the girls. It got a little sloppy near the end of the third game. They were trying to do a little bit extra. It was nice to end the week with a win.”
The second set saw Ridgway continue to exert its will as the Lady Elkers led 7-1. Curwensville would rally within one at 8-7 but a 7-1 run by Ridgway gave the Lady Elkers some room with a 15-8 lead. Breier had three kills during the middle stages of the second set. At 16-11, Hoffman had three service points which included an ace as Ridgway took the second set 25-16.
Ridgway again was off to a 7-1 lead in the third set, paced by three Oknefski kills. Curwensville scored three straight points but Ridgway answered with four straight points, during which Breier and Sarah McClain had kills. An ace from Thorwart made the score 15-6 and prompted a timeout.
At 23-13, Ellie Woodford delivered an ace and Oknefski slammed down a kill to end the match with a third-set victory of 25-13.
“I didn’t sub in too much,” Redmond said. “Sometimes the varsity players, they want to play the whole game and get the excitement of coming off the court and winning.”
Ridgway (9-0) is at Brockway Tuesday night with junior varsity action to start at 6 p.m.

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