Lady Falcons topple Trinity
Connellsville volleyball coach Rhonda Kelly said the Lady Falcons have been putting in a lot of time lately working on their defensive game. Thursday, the team cashed in on all the hard work by defeating visiting Section 2-AAA opponent Trinity 3-0.
“We’ve been practicing our defense,” Kelly said. “It looks like the practice paid off tonight.”
The Lady Hillers came out fighting, but Connellsville nabbed a 7-6 edge to start the first set. By the middle of the set, the score was 14-14. That’s when the Lady Falcons began to pull away, gaining a 17-14 advantage.
Trinity got within two points, but with Stacie Lambie serving, Connellsville went up 22-15 before the Lady Hillers managed to rack up the kill. Trinity added a couple more points, but with the tally at 24-17, Sam Brown posted a kill to hand the Lady Falcons a 25-17 win.
With that win under its belt, Connellsville began to dominate the match, as Courtney Wiltrout served the team to a 5-0 lead in the second set. Wiltrout finished with nine service points.
Kerri Hiles and Lambie got in a few points as well, and the Lady Falcons soon had an 11-4 lead. Ashley Martincic helped the Lady Hillers creep up, 13-10, but Wiltrout and Hiles combined to serve Connellsville to a 20-12 lead. Stacey Domer made it 23-13, and Lambie added a kill point. She tallied seven kills in the game.
Trinity got another point on a kill, but the team was called for carrying the ball, and the Lady Falcons clinched the second set, 25-14.
Connellsville began the third set with the early lead, much as it had the second set, but Trinity seemed determined to give the Lady Falcons a tough time. Before long, the Lady Falcons’ 3-1 edge was a 3-3 tie, and the Lady Hillers briefly took a 4-3 lead.
Katie Spargur, Lambie and Dawn Claycomb, who notched seven assists in the contest, helped the Lady Falcons inch ahead, 8-6, and Brooke Bryner’s kill made it 9-6. Later in the set, with the score standing at 11-8, Bryner stepped up to serve and increased Connellsville’s lead to 15-9 before Alisa Day made the kill.
The six-point margin remained until another Connellsville kill put the tally at 19-12. Claycomb served the Lady Falcons to a 22-12 lead, and despite two more Trinity points, Connellsville closed out the win with a 25-14 third-set victory.
“I’m happy with (the win),” Kelly said. “Trinity was a big team, and we needed to beat them to stay in the rankings for the playoffs. (Connellsville) hustled.”
Connellsville (5-3, 7-3) will take a break from section competition to visit Southmoreland on Monday.