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Five in a row: Punxsy ends season as 2-seed

October 28, 2011

Punxsy senior setter Cassie Cook jump-sets a ball close to the net in this Oct. 3 file photo from Punxsy's game against Marion Center. Cook had 17 assists and a pair of aces as the Lady Chucks rolled past DCC in their season finale Thursday night. (Photo by Zak Lantz/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

DUBOIS — The Lady Chucks' volleyball team ended its season on a high note — winning five in a row to lock up the second seed in the District IX playoffs — with a convincing three-game sweep of the DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals, 25-11, 25-5, 25-11, Thursday night in DuBois.

"It was nice to see everyone getting stats this match," Punxsy head coach Lisa Kephart said of her team's all-around effort. "The girls played well tonight and had fun. Our serving was really tough, as we only missed four serves the entire match."

Punxsy's serving game was led in the first set by senior Brooke Doney and junior Chelsea Engeholm with three aces apiece.

Senior setter Cassie Cook added an ace, but also chipped in with six assists on Lady Chuck kills.

The net play was led by Taylor Newcome and Shayla Brink, with two each, and Sydney Weaver and Tori Martin each had a kill as Punxsy scored early and often to win 25-11.

The second set was all Punxsy, as the Lady Chucks held DCC to just five points with strong serves that were difficult to return.

Brink led the way with three aces, Weaver picked up a pair, and Janie Depp-Hutchinson and Cook each added one.

Newcome was Punxsy's strongest hitter in the set with three kills, and Martin picked up one, as well.

The Lady Chucks put DCC away in the third set with another 25-11 victory.

Cook had eight assists with Weaver picking up three kills and Martin, Doney, Engeholm, Brink and Newcome spreading out the other five.

Brink added a pair of blocks to keep the serves on the Lady Chucks' side of the net, and Doney added a block, as well.

Punxsy had already clinched the No. 2 seed in the District IX tournament in Clarion Nov. 5, but the Lady Chucks were glad to pick up another win to keep rolling into the postseason.

The district tournament kicks off for the Lady Chucks with a 9:15 a.m. match against Karns City.

The junior varsity's strong season came to an end Thursday with another two-game sweep, 25-10, 25-8, as Punxsy finished the season with a 14-4 record.

The majority of Punxsy's points came from aces or service points without a chance for any playback, making for a quick game.

Alyssa Reitz had long a long service run in each game, and Bella Gallina also served well, according to Punxsy head coach Megan Decker.

Decker was proud of her team's performance tonight and throughout the entire season.

"The girls had fun and finished the season strong tonight," she said. "I've been telling them, 'Start strong, finish strong.' And that's exactly what they did."

Decker was pleased to see the improvement in her team from the beginning of the school year, as they came into the 2011 season a young team with less experience than some other teams.

"I'm so proud of these girls," she said. "We had a very young team and proved our skills. Each and every one of these girls has improved over the past two months. It was just an awesome season."

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