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Some teams just seem to have another team’s number. That appears to be the case when the Southmoreland volleyball team plays Connellsville.

The Lady Scotties (8-2) have only lost two matches this season, and both of those losses have come against the Lady Falcons (8-3). After losing in five sets at Connellsville earlier this year, the Lady Scotties were defeated on their home court in straight sets 25-20, 25-12, 25-18.

“It was just a bad game,” Southmoreland coach Sam Coffman said. “We didn’t come out very strong tonight.”

The Lady Scotties got off to a decent start as Leah Zeman got a kill to make it 12-7 Southmoreland in the first set. Zeman led the Lady Scotties with nine kills.

But Connellsville bounced back as Brooke Bryner connected on a ace to tie it at 12-12. Bryner also led Connellsville with seven kills. The Lady Falcons eventually gained the lead and went on to win the first set.

In the second set, a tip by Stacey Domer put Connellsville up 7-5. Then Ashley Whipkey dropped in a shot at the net to make it 14-7 Connellsville. Later, Jenna Raygor scored an ace for the Lady Scotties to pull the home team to within 19-11. But Stacie Lambie fired in a kill to make it 21-11 and the Lady Falcons had the second set in the bag. Lambie led the Lady Falcons with 11 kills. Dawn Claycomb made some big contributions with 13 assists.

“We played well and I’m happy with them,” Connellsville coach Rhonda Kelly said after the non-section win.

In the third set, things stayed pretty close early on. Zeman had a nice tip shot to tie it at 6-6, but an ace by Katie Spargur put Connellsville in front 11-7. Kara Saylor had a big kill as the Lady Falcons’ lead increased to 13-8. Later, Southmoreland rallied as Jenna Galloway served an ace before Jordan Pluck tipped in a shot to pull the Lady Scotties to within 22-16. But after a timeout at 22-18, Lambie had a big kill and the Lady Falcons had a big straight set win.

Amy Anthony had a nice game for the Lady Scotties as she connected for three aces and 10 service points. But overall, it just wasn’t a good night for the Lady Scotties.

“I thought Connellsville played good solid defense,” Coffman pointed out. “But for whatever reason, we just didn’t bring our best game.”

For the Lady Falcons, this was a good tune-up as they prepare to make a run at the playoffs in a tough section.

“It’s going to be tough and this was a good practice against a good team,” Kelly said.

Connellsville will be back in action tonight at Uniontown. Also tonight, Southmoreland hosts Belle Vernon.


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