Leave Feedback

St. Paul cruises past Wellsville in regional semifinal

Mark Hazelwood • Nov 4, 2010 at 4:13 PM

There was no luck needed for regional win No. 13.

The St. Paul volleyball team cruised to a 25-9, 25-9, 25-6 sweep over Wellsville in a Division IV regional semifinal Wednesday night at Solon High School.

With the win, the Lady Flyers, No. 8 in the final coaches poll, improved to 21-4 and will play Dalton (22-4) at 2 p.m. Saturday back at Solon for a seventh trip to the state semifinals.

St. Paul earned its 13th regional victory in 14 matches dating back to the 2002 season. The matchup Saturday with Dalton is a rematch of a 2005 regional final, won by St. Paul in three: 25-14, 25-22, 25-12.

The Lady Flyers were sharp in all areas on Wednesday.

"I see these kids getting better day in and day out right now," St. Paul coach Nancy Miller said. "I think our kids that were freshmen and sophomores at the beginning of the year are playing like juniors sand seniors right now.

"They are playing with confidence and poise, and they believe in themselves and their teammates. Their execution right now is awesome."

Wellsville owned the lead just one time in three games, a 1-0 lead to open Game 2.

The serving of freshman Bridget Ott kickstarted St. Paul in Game 1. Behind two aces and unforced errors of Wellsville, the Lady Flyers jumped out to an 11-2 lead.

Moments later, the hitting of Olivia Livengood and Erin Kramer led to seven straight points and a commanding 19-4 advantage.

A kill by Jessica Draime and an error on Wellsville ended the 25-9 rout in the first set.

Despite owning the early and only lead, things got no better for the Tigers in the second game as St. Paul again pushed out to 19-8 lead.

After the Tigers scored their ninth point in the game, St. Paul closed it out with six straight, including two kills by Livengood for the second straight 25-9 win.

The third game was the most lopsided of the three as the shell-shocked Tigers had no answer for St. Paul's serving abilities. The Lady Flyers had scoring runs of eight, six and five in the game, which lasted just 14 minutes total.

Six of St. Paul's 13 aces came in the final game.

"Our quick offense took over and we served very aggressive tonight," Miller said. "Our serving paid off."

As expected with any lopsided score, the stats were impressive for the Lady Flyers.

Livengood finished 32-of-33 hitting with 15 kills and five blocks while Kramer was 13 of 14 with 10 kills and Draime was 13 of 13 with seven kills. Haley Ott added five kills on 12-of-13 hitting.

Hillary Fritz finished 74-of-75 setting with 37 assists. Corynne Smith had 19 digs, followed by Elise Nickoli with 12 and Bridget Ott with 10.

Smith was 16-of-16 serving with 11 points and an ace while Bridget Ott was 17 of 17 with 13 points and three aces. Junior Jackie Weisenberger was 13 of 13 with 10 points and a team-high five aces.

Miller acknowledged there is a comfort level for St. Paul at the regional level.

"They expect this out of themselves and want to leave a mark," she said. "We graduated six seniors and there are a lot of kids here that want to prove they can do what the kids before them have done.

"They don't want to be that class not to do it."

Recommended for You