The Kane Lady Wolves swept DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals in three sets on Thursday in the Wolves’ Den. The Lady Wolves won by scores of 25-17, 25-9 and 25-14 to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
Kane head varsity volleyball coach Judy Kessler’s squad played a little lackadaisical to start the match. The set was tied at 11 before Kane started serving better and turned the tide.
"We knew we didn’t have to play hard, and we did not," Kessler said. "I told the girls after the first game that 16 of their 17 points were the result of our mistakes. We had eight attacking errors, four passing errors, and a couple of serving errors. That kind of woke them up.
“In the second game, the girls picked it up. We started serving more aggressively, attacking more aggressively and just playing volleyball."
Nikki Sicher put the Lady Wolves up 8-1 early with her serving, and Audrey Perry had some intimidating kills that had the Lady Cardinals back on their heels.
In the final game, kills by Taylor Morgan and Morgan Nicholson were highlights. An ace by Rachel Ferranto brought Kane to match point, where a kill by Morgan finished the contest.
Kessler said the team broke the final game down into five mini-games to five, with the home team winning all but one.
"It isn’t fun to play a team that is struggling to return serves, but this helped us to keep our focus," Kessler said.
The coach was impressed with Sicher’s night at the serving line, especially with her jump serves. The senior finished with seven aces on the night, and served for eight consecutive points in the first game, and six in the second.
"There were some opportunities to do some different things in a match like this, a couple of the girls on the bench got some good court time, and we had a chance to serve aggressively, and ran our plays off of everything," Kessler said.
The junior varsity team did not fare as well, dropping the match to DCC in three games. The Lady Wolves lost a tight game one, by a score of 24-26. Coach Rae El Johnson said that the bright point of this game was the serving of Lindsey Hottel.
Kane won the second game 25-19 over the Lady Cardinals. Johnson felt that Avi Zuzek and Sami Bigley both had good games at the service line. DuBois Central then took game three 15-11 to win the match.
"Overall our passing improved immensely from Tuesday’s match," Johnson said. "Our communication was just about where it needs to be. Words can’t express these girls work ethic and their desire to improve."
The varsity team will be off until Tuesday, when they travel to St. Marys to meet rival Elk County Catholic. The junior varsity squad will take part on Saturday in the Warren Tournament.