Girl’s Volleyball

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PIAA State Playoffs (Round of 16) – Corry Lady Beavers vs. Frazier Lady Commodores Preview

 

The Corry volleyball team has advanced the PIAA State playoffs for the third consecutive year after defeating the Maplewood Tigers on Saturday afternoon in straight sets.   The Frazier Lady Commodores out of the WPIAL (District 7) advance to the playoffs after finishing second in the WPIAL upsetting Freeport in the WPIAL semi-finals before falling to North Catholic in the finals.  On paper, it appears to be a match-up between a team with experience (Corry has 5 seniors, been to the State playoffs three consecutive years) versus a team that is experiencing everything for the first time (Frazier has zero seniors on the roster and first state playoff trip in the AA classification).

 

Unlike the District 10 playoffs where Corry had experience playing all of their opponents, this is the first time Corry will face Frazier, so much of the focus will be on the Corry side of the net – serve receive and executing the offensive system.  

 

We have done some scouting and Frazier is led by the outside hitter, #7 – Skye Eicher, #22 – Sierra Twigg, and #4 – Logan Fetter (coaches daughter).  #1 – Gabrielle Alekson is a solid right-side hitter and scores when Eicher is in the back row. Eicher is clearly the go to player, a solid outside hitter and can hit lots of shots from both the front and back row.

 

Corry will be led by the five seniors – middle hitters – Brooke Joncas and Olyvia Carr, outside hitter – Emily Sonntag, setter – Megan Dennis, and libero – Hope Hasbrouck; and always dependable juniors – outside hitter – Maddi Vona and opposite hitter / setter – MEG Goodsel.   During the District 10 playoffs, we had nice contributions from our defensive specialists (junior – Indya Berkhous and sophomores, Allison Zaczkiewicz and Lindsey Mitchell), and our right sides Ciara Davis (sophomore) and Rachel Brady (freshman).

 

This is a roller coaster time of year… one day your winning a big match, then the next day you need to be preparing for the next opponent, not to mention the players are still going to school and doing homework.  Playoffs can be a mentally exhausting process and keeping the team level-headed is important, while still working on improving skills and team execution during practices.

 

The Corry versus Frazier match will take place Tuesday night at 6:00pm at Cochranton High School.

 

Kelly Goodsel – Head Coach

Liz Anderson – JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach  

Kelsey Beichner – Assistant Coach

 

 

 

 

Date: 09/27/18

Location: North East High School

 

 

Scores:

Corry wins the non-Region match 3-0

25-23

25-22

25-20

 

 

 

Keys to Outcome & Coaches Comments:

The Corry volleyball team moved to 8-0 Thursday night, picking off the North East Grapepickers in three straight sets.   All the games were close, but Corry just had more offensive weapons.

 

Before the match, long time referee Denny Smith was remembered in a moment of silence after his passing earlier this week.   “Denny was a multi-sport referee, including volleyball. He always had a story, a smile, and a present for his friends.   Denny was a good referee and an even better person. He will be missed.” said coach Goodsel.

 

Corry trailed after the opening point, but from the on, led or was tied the rest of the first game. North East rebounded from being down 20-14 to tie the game up at 23-23. After a North East player missed a serve just long, Corry’s big blockers senior Brooke Joncas and sophomore Ciara Davis closed the set out. Our senior middle hitters Brooke Joncas and Olyvia Carr really set the tone for the first game and the entire match, collecting 7 combined kills in the first set. Junior MEG Goodsel also had a hot start with 4 kills in the first set.

 

The second set started off with a number of Corry errors and the team trailed 10-6 and eventually 18-12 before Corry cleaned up play and started putting the pressure on North East. Corry forced a North East time out with the scored tied 18-18 and then collected three kills from Joncas, Carr, and Goodsel to put the set away 25-22.

 

The third set was more to the liking of the large Corry crowd, jumping out to a 7-1 lead and never trailing.   The middle hitters took over with Joncas and Carr pounding 10 kills and senior outside hitter Emily Sonntag scored 5 of her 10 kills in the third set. Senior setter Megan Dennis led the offense with 23 assists and senior Libero Hope Hasbrouck led the team again with 23 digs.

 

I was really pleased with the play of sophomore opposite hitter Ciara Davis who collected 3 kills, picked up 2 digs, and got her hands on a number of balls at the net. You can see her confidence building every time she’s on the court.

 

Freshman Rachel Brady continues to contribute, albeit in different ways every match. Earlier in the season she mainly played right side hitter, against Greenville she played middle, and last night against North East she was playing outside hitter. Playing three different positions is a challenge for anyone, especially a freshman. These learning opportunities and challenges will pay big dividends later this year and over her high school career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was an important non-region win for the program; North East has become a pretty nice rivalry match and it is always important to get the win, playing at North East in front of a rowdy crowd is always a challenge, and this is our third road win in the last week. I was pleased with the way we responded in the middle of the second set after getting down 18-12 and without calling a timeout, the team worked through their issues on the court and turned it around… that demonstrates some maturity and control, which was great to see.

 

 

Next home match is Tuesday when the Titusville Rockets come to Corry and then one of the toughest matches of the season is on Thursday when we travel to Warren. Saturday, the varsity will travel to Meadville for a tournament, play begins a 8:30am.

 

 

 

 

Statistical leaders for the day included:

 

 

 

Records:

–          Corry starts the season with a 8-0 overall, and 4-0 in Region 2 record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Goodsel – Head Coach

Liz Anderson – JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach

Kelsey Beichner – Assistant Coach

Date: 10/03/18

Location: Corry Area High School

 

 

Scores:

Corry wins the Region 2 Match: 3-0

25-10

25-23

25-18

 

 

Keys to Outcome & Coaches Comments:

The Corry volleyball team continued on a roll Wednesday, moving to 9-0 on the season, sweeping the Titusville Rockets in three straight sets.

 

The first set was total domination by Corry, winning 25-10. Of the 10 points scored by Titusville, 5 of which were Corry errors.   The second and third sets were much more competitive as Titusville improved their serve receive passing and Corry lost a little focus.

 

Because there weren’t many rallies, there weren’t many stats.   Brooke Joncas led the team with 11 kills and Emily Sonntag had 5 kills.   Megan Dennis and MEG Goodsel had mirror stats… 9 assists and 11 digs for Megan, 11 assists and 9 digs for MEG. Hope Hasbrouck led the team with 12 digs.

 

Titusville has significantly improved from the past few years, mainly in the ball control skills (serve receive and defense). They will be a real tough team next year when they return many of their key players from this year.

 

I liked how we came out in the first set and dominated. We have a big match with Warren Thursday night and I was concerned that we might look past the Titusville match, especially since the match was delayed from Tuesday to Wednesday because of the weather issues yesterday.

 

 

 

Statistical leaders for the day included:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Records:

–          Corry is now 9-0 overall record and is in first place in the Region 2 standings with a 5-0 record.

 

Corry plays again tonight at AAA Warren and then next Tuesday night we host Sharon for our Senior Night! Corry is the 2016 AA State Champions and currently ranked #1 in the PVCA State Poll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Goodsel – Head Coach

Liz Anderson – JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach

Kelsey Beichner – Assistant Coach

 

Date: 10/13/18

Location: Cochranton Varsity Tournament

 

12 Team Tournament Format:

  • Play the 5 other teams in our pool, and then seeded for playoffs

 

Scores:

Pool Play

Corry beat Cochranton                       25-22, 25-20

Corry beat Northwestern                    25-22, 25-14

Corry beat North East                         25-23, 25-22

Corry beat Conneaut (CASH)             25-13, 28-26

Corry beat West Middlesex                 25-17, 25-17

 

Corry finished pool play undefeated and seeded #1; Warren was seeded #1 in the other pool.

 

The winner of Lakeview (#4 seed) vs. West Middlesex (#5 seed) played Corry (who had a first round bye). Corry come off the bye lethargic and took a while to get the energy going. Lakeview jumped out to leads of 13-7 and 16-12, before Corry took control of the game and outscored Lakeview 13-5 over the rest of the game. Corry won 25-21.

 

Corry then took on #3 seed North East who had upset #2 seed Maplewood. Corry started the game well and held on to a 4 – 6 point lead most of the game, finishing of the Grapepickers 25-21. Beating North East in the semi-finals set-up another rematch with the Warren Dragons (who had beaten CASH and Cambridge Springs).

 

For the Corry fans, you will recall that the Corry volleyball team beat Warren at the Fort LeBoeuf tournament in the semi-finals, then lost to them in three straight at Warren in a non-region match. Corry and Warren had an epic battle in the finals, Warren won the first game 25-20 on a late run; Corry won the second game 28-26, coming from behind at 20-23. And then, Warren battled back from a 14-11 deficit to win the finals 17-15.

 

 

Keys to Outcome & Coaches Comments:

Corry started off pool play sharp, beating the host Cochranton Cardinals (ranked #2 in the state in class A) in two close, well played games. Cochranton has one of the better players in the state (multi-year All-State player Alyssa Dickson), is well coached, and was playing at home, so getting two early victories were a key to a successful day.

 

The rest of pool play had a mix of playing to the level of the competition before closing out a couple of close wins, and being focused on the competition at hand and dominating. While not playing on all cylinders all day, we closed out an undefeated pool play for the first time in many years.

 

I was really pleased with the way we played Saturday. Going undefeated all the way to the finals given the talented teams was a big accomplishment (Cochranton = #2 in Class A, Maplewood = #9 in Class AA, Cambridge Springs who beat Cochranton, West Middlesex who’s #1 in their Region, and North East who is #2 in their Region behind FLB; oh, and Warren was there).   We played really well against Warren and the finals could have gone to either team, unfortunately we just couldn’t get a kill when we had the opportunity to close out the third game.

 

To end the day like we did, you can imagine that the players performed well. I thought everyone performed well Saturday; led by the seniors, Joncas led the team with 66 kills and Hasbrouck led the team with 86 digs. Megan Dennis had a great day not only setting the ball, but defensively made numerous diving saves. Emily Sonntag was huge on the outside, getting key kills when the pressure was on. Olyvia Carr had her best tournament of the year, collecting 11 kills, 4 blocks, and made numerous out-of-system saves throughout the day.   Juniors, MEG Goodsel and Maddi Vona had another solid day and led the team in service aces with 14 and 9 respectively. Our younger players got some great experience and really played well in big moments throughout the day, junior Indya Berkhous was solid in serve receive and defensively, even after twisting her ankle early in the tournament.   Sophomore Ciara Davis played both middle hitter and right side throughout the day and freshman Rachel Brady collected 9 kills playing right side.

 

 

Corry travels to Lakeview on Tuesday of this week, with a victory, Corry will be crowned Region 2 champions (outright). Thursday, Cochranton will visit Corry for the final home game of the season. And then Saturday, we play at the always tough, end-of-season tournament at Maplewood.

 

 

 

Statistical leaders for the day included:

 

 

 

 

Kelly Goodsel – Head Coach

Liz Anderson – JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach

Kelsey Beichner – Assistant Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post Author: Ruth Meilleur