JOHNSONBURG – Johnsonburg volleyball won 3-1 (25-13, 26-24, 22-25, 25-19) over Curwensville Tuesday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.
“It was something that we needed as a team to play consistently enough to come ahead,” Johnsonburg coach Bill Shuey said. “I thought sometimes we played well and some parts during the game we would fall asleep or our passing would leave us. I thought we did some good things.”
The Ramettes came out strong in the first set and took in it easy fashion by a 25-13 margin.
Curwensville was able to come back in the second set filled with back-and-forth runs. The Lady Tide were up 8-7 before the Ramettes scored four straight points. Johnsonburg senior Brittany Watts had three kills and a block during this run as Alexa Marciniak provided the service points. The Lady Tide would score the next four points to reclaim the lead at 12-11. Curwensville would build the lead to 17-14 which prompted a Johnsonburg timeout.
Curwensville still led by three at 20-17 before Johnsonburg would score four straight points, the run punctuated by an ace from Chelsea Benson. Johnsonburg would lead 23-21 after a Watts kill but the Lady Tide came back again with three straight points to take a 24-23 lead and bring themselves a set point. Curwensville would have a hitting error on the next point to tie the set at 24-all. Watts then had a block and a kill on successive points as the Ramettes took a 2-0 lead in the match with the 26-24 victory.
Johnsonburg used the momentum and started out strong in the third set, building a 13-4 lead. Curwensville would make up the deficit with an 11-2 run to tie the set at 15-all. The teams would tie four more times in the set. At 22-all, Curwensville would score the final three points to extend the match to a fourth set with a 25-22 third set victory.
“Give Curwensville credit because after that second game which in their eyes, they thought they had won and I did too, to be able to come back in the third game like that and win, it was a tribute to them staying with it and fighting,” Shuey said.
The Ramettes would take a slim 4-3 lead early in the fourth set before Sam Bevacqua and Watts would add consecutive kills. After Curwensville would add two straight points of their own, Johnsonburg went on a 4-0 run. Watts added a block and two kills during this run while Marciniak served an ace.
Curwensville would again answer with four straight points and would eventually tie the set at 12-all. Johnsonburg would score seven of the next nine points to take a 19-14 lead, a lead the Ramettes would not relinquish. Curwensville would knock the margin down to three at 19-16 but Johnsonburg would close the match out with a 25-19 fourth set victory.
Overall, Shuey said Bevacqua and Allyson Wheeler played well with the hitting. Shuey was impressed with the play of Benson and Watts with their serving, hitting and blocking.
“I thought our back row moved a lot better than we have been,” Shuey said. “The passing definitely showed that.”
Johnsonburg is scheduled to play at Sheffield for a match at 6 p.m. Thursday.