Elderton’s season abruptly ends
HERMINIE — The Lady Commodores wanted to turn in a big-time effort against Elderton, and there was little doubt that they accomplished their goal as they hammered the Lady Bobcats 3-0 (25-10, 25-7, 25-11).
“We came out and did what we needed to do,” Frazier coach Mandy Hartman said. “We’re working hard to come out and put it away early. We did what was needed, and the result was a near-flawless performance. Everything seems to have come together.”
Frazier’s Holly Smith was simply too strong as she slapped home 10 kills.
Brooke Carson added 24 service points and six kills. Katey Oldham notched 25 service points while Mandy Byron pitched in 21 assists.
“Frazier did a very good job,” Elderton coach Dan Spencer said. “We are very young and we weren’t ready to play at that level. We were nervous and they are a confident and experienced senior group.”
Right from the start, it was clear Frazier was in control.
Merritt Tidholm got it going with a nice lob shot in the first set to make it 5-1. Later, Brooke Carson aced one before A.J. Morgan buried a kill to make it 17-4. Carson finished it off with another kill to give Frazier the early lead.
Carson scored an ace in the second set to make it 8-0 and an ace by Oldham jumped the lead to 18-5. Smith finished it off with another one of her massive kill shots.
The third set was much like the first two as Frazier jumped out to a 10-0 lead before finishing it off with a 14-point win.
Blanca Morelli led Elderton with three blocks and two kills. Angie Kepple and Heather Wagner each added two kills.
The undefeated season continues for Frazier (15-0) and they have clinched a spot in the PIAA state tournament. Frazier will take on Geibel for the third time this season. The winner will advance to Saturday’s WPIAL championship at North Allegheny High School.
“It’s going to be a beauty on Thursday,” Hartman said.