Crusaders beat Shadyside to gun for 10th OVAC title – The Daily Times

Oct 12, 2016
UP TOP — Catholic Central’s Hannah Spiess (7) and Grace Godich go up for a block against Shadyside’s Kelsey Chimley during Tuesday’s Crusaders win in the OVAC Class 2A semifinals. Looking on is Central’s Samm Simmons. (Mike Mathison)
STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Central will be gunning for its 10th OVAC volleyball tournament title on Saturday at Union Local.
The top-seeded and host Crusaders cruised to a three-set victory over fourth-seeded Shadyside in a Class 2A semifinal Tuesday, 25-20, 25-11, 25-14.
“I am very proud of how the girls played with confidence and composure,” Central’s Sherri Barber stated. “We are looking forward to Saturday. The girls want to win a championship banner and that has been a goal since the beginning of the season. I am proud of how well they are working together for a common goal.”
Central took the lead 17-16 in Game 1 on a Grace Godich block.
Kills by Brittany Bertoia and Samm Simmons made it 19-16 and Shadyside used its first timeout. Godich and Hannah Spiess traded a kill and a service ace with Shadyside’s Kelsey Chimley, but a Bertoia kill and Tiger error pushed the score 23-19. Slams by Bertoia and Crissy Fornsaglio gave Central the win.
“We are a scrappy team and everyone contributes,” said Shadyside’s Don Chamberlain. “We’re not to our max potential yet so I am very proud of how the girls played.”
The Crusaders went up 2-1 in Game 2 and didn’t look back, cruising to a 25-11 win. Two Godich blocks, three Simmons kills and a Fornsaglio service ace put the hosts up 12-3. Aces by Spiess and Simmons doubled with kills by Godich and Fornsaglio and a Bertoia tip brought the score 19-8. Both teams exchanged errors but two Fornsaglio slams and a Chloe Pienazek ace closed out the game.
Barber’s team again took the lead early in Game 3. A Godich kill made it 10-4; but tips by Jessica Cicogna and Macy Coffland brought the visitors within four (10-6). A kill by Spiess and three Simmons smashes made it 18-9. After a Simmons tip and Shadyside error, the Tigers used a timeout, but a Simmons block, Spiess ace and Bertoia kill pushed it to 23-11. The blue and gold won the match on a kill and nifty Bertoia tip.
“We won 16 games last year and we want to beat that record this year,” Barber noted. “We have two more goals to accomplish this season.”
The Tigers, 13-7, were led by Cicogna with three kills, nine assists, and 13 digs; Chimley with six kills, two blocks, and one ace; and Coffland with six kills and one block. Jillian Joseph added six kills and 14 digs.
“Our goal this year was to win more games than last year and we have won more games this year than the last four years combined,” Chamberlain said. “Another goal was to get to the OVAC tournament and we did that.”
For Central, Simmons led the squad with 11 kills, four digs, two blocks, and eight points. Bertoia added eight kills, seven digs, one block, and nine points; Spiess had five kills, one block, seven digs; and 16 points; Pienazek tallied one kill, three digs, and 13 points; and Fornsaglio added six kills, 40 assists, one dig, and 20 points. Godich posted three kills, two blocks, and three digs; and Bonnie Thibault had 35 assists, three digs, and nine points.
“The girls lasted a whole season and stayed close friends,” Barber noted. “We play great as a team and want to win as a team.”
Both teams are off until Thursday as Shadyside takes on Bridgeport and Central travels to Oak Glen.
The Crusaders will face Toronto at 9 a.m. Saturday for the OVAC crown.
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