Ramettes sweep Bradford to improve to 13-3

Bob Parana - Staff Writer

There was no let down by the Ramettes after Monday’s 3-2, thrilling, home win over Elk County Catholic. They defeated Bradford 3-0 in very businesslike manner in the Paper City Tuesday.

The Ramettes swept the match with 25-14, 25-17, and 25-16 victories. “I think we’re clicking at the right time of the season,” said Johnsonburg head coach Matt Shuey. “We just want to keep this going,” he added with an eye towards the District 9 Class A playoffs which will begin Thursday, Oct. 29 with quarter-final action.

An Emma King kill put the Ramettes up 6-5 in the first game. She had another along with Mackenzie Sallack, and served an ace to put her team up 9-5. Alaina Sherry took over serving duties and notched two aces as the lead was increased to 14-7. King and Sherry scored before an ace by Alexa Mahoney would later up the lead to 21-13. King finished off the game with three straight aces the last going untouched for the 25-14 win.

With the score tied 7-7 in the second game Tess Kocjancic served her team to a 9-7 lead before a Mackenzie Freeman block made it 10-7. The Lady Owls would pull within 15-13 before a Kojancic kill put the serve in the hands of King. A kill by Freeman and ace highlighted a 5-0 run. Later in the game Sherry served an ace, Bradford put the ball into the net, and a Freeman tip finished off the game to give the Ramettes a 2-0 lead.

Sarah Love’s ace gave Johnsonburg a 4-3 lead in the third. Brianna Moore would later take over serving duties and run the score to 9-5 with an ace. Two King kills and another by Freeman upped the lead to 12-6. The Lady Owls pulled within 20-15 before a point by Kocjanic and two by Sallack upped the lead to eight. Freeman made it 24-14 and finished things off forcing an error to end the game and match.

Haley Zimmerman and Ella Stauffer were steady as usual and Ella Lindberg, Megan Bienkowski, and Brittany Kudrick also saw action as Shuey continues to work different combinations during the current seven-game win streak.

“We’re setting, we’re hitting, and we’re just peaking right now. All my middles are hitting, we’re serving well, and my outsides are working hard. I couldn’t be more pleased,” the coach said.

Seedings for the playoffs will be announced next week. The Ramettes appear to be solidly in position for a third seed. Unbeaten Clarion, last year’s champ, appears to be a shoe-in for the top seed. Elk County Catholic currently looks good for second with its 13-2 record. Both losses were to Johnsonburg. Games through Friday will count towards seeding. The Ramettes will host St. Marys a team that beat them 3-2 on Sept. 22 on Thursday and ECC will host Bradford the same night. More on potential playoff seedings and match-ups will appear in Thursday’s edition.
Seniors King, Zimmerman, Sallack, Stauffer, Freeman, Bienkowski, and Moore will be honored before the match with the Lady Dutch.

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