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Lady Wolves fare well in volleyball tournament

October 16, 2011

Photo by Keith Reigel – Nicole Shrubb and Cassie Whittemore eye the block of the Bradford player during their finals match held Saturday in Kane. The Lady Owls would pull off the victory to take home the first-place trophy.

In the opening match of the round robin, the Kane Lady Wolves swept Smethport 25-18 and 25-13.
“Smethport kept the ball moving a lot and they dug up a lot of what we hit," Kane head girls varsity volleyball coach Judy Kessler. "They are pretty steady, but we served aggressively and hit smartly so we got a lot of points that way.”
In the first set the teams battled back and forth to a 16-17 lead. Audrey Perry, Nicole Shrubb, Nikki Sicher, and Cassie Whittemore had kills while Katelyn Moran put up five assists. Steady passing from libero Shannon Kccjancic allowed the team to run a steady offense.  Then with Sicher serving (4 aces), the Wolves pulled ahead 22-17. A Perry quick attack and two Shrubb attacks ended the set. 
It was all Wolves in the second game as they attacked and served well for a 15-5 lead. Angie Geer had two aces and Sicher added her fifth and sixth aces of the match. Shrubb, Perry, and Sicher all had kills. Whittemore’s two kills and Morgan Nicholson’s opposite side kill made it 22-10. Whittemore put down point 24 then at 24-13, Smethport served into the net to give the Wolves the match. Perry finished the match with eight kills, Whittemore five, and Shrubb five of the 21 team attacks.
In their second match, the Wolves faced Clarion-Limestone and swept them in two sets 25-20, 25-20. The teams traded points in the first set to a 16-16 score. Perry had four kills, Whittemore and Nicholson one each and Geer put up an ace to tie it. A Sicher kill made it 18-17. At 20-19, Whittemore had a quick kill and then two consecutive blocks followed by a push for four straight points to give the Wolves game point. At 24-20, Sicher finished the set with a kill.
“Audie’s first kill was a beautiful one ball that she put inside the 5-mark," Kessler said. "She’s been working on driving the ball straight down and that was a beauty.” 
In the second set, the Wolves jumped to a 13-5 lead as Kocjancic controlled C-L with five aces. Perry added two kills and Geer another ace for point 13. Moran tipped a nice ball over the net and Whittemore added two more kills for a 19-10 lead. Geer’s second ace gave the Wolves point 23. Shrubb put down a nice tip for a 24-17 lead. At 24-20 Perry put up a solid solo block to end it and give the Wolves the win and a 4-0 record in the round robin.
“Again, we had nice passing from Nicole Shrubb, Angie, and Shannon," Kessler said. "With the ball inside the 5-mark we can run a good offense and allow our hitters to get us points.”
Brookville was the third opponent the Wolves faced in pool play. The Wolves took care of them in a two-game sweep 25-19, 25-12. The Lady Rovers kept the Wolves from breaking away until the end of the set as they traded points to 16-14 and 19-16. Perry (3) and Whittemore (2) were productive in the middle with kills and Sicher added one on the outside. Perry got two more kills for an 18-16 lead and then served an ace for point 20. Shrubb’s kills gave the Wolves a 21-16 lead. The Rovers scored three before serving into the net and making an error. Whittemore’s kill made it game point-19 and the Rover’s error cost them the last point. 

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