Lady Chucks down Damsels volleyball

RIMERSBURG — After dropping the first full match of the year, the Lady Chucks ran their win streak to four with a 3-1 road volleyball victory over the Damsels of Union Monday night in Rimersburg.

Punxsy (4-1) came out hot off the bus with a 25-10 first game win before Union was able get its footing.

The Lady Chucks captured the second contest, 25-20, before dropping a tight, 23-25, third game.

The Damsels were unable to keep the momentum as the visitors came back to end the match with a 25-21 win on the fourth affair.

"In the first set, we came out on fire, and the score reflects that. We were right where we needed to be," pointed out Punxsy coach Heather Good. "The rest of the sets, we fell under what we are capable of. I think the fact that we came out with the win is a real testament to our heart, even when things don't go as planned."

Setters Ashley Reitz and Shaina Painter played key roles in the Punxsy win. Reitz handed out 18 assists to go with four digs, two kills and an ace. Painter added 11 assists and a dig.

"Our setters, Shaina and Ashley, really put it all out there tonight and made good decisions with set choices," praised coach Good.

The two setters helped set up middle hitter Sydney Weaver for 14 kills and Taylor Newcome for 10 kills of her own along the front line. In fact, Weaver finished with a .429 hitting percentage, lined four aces, blocked 4.5 attacks and dug nine balls.

Shayla Brink and Emilee States both chipped in six kills apiece in their time on the front row. Brink also had three aces, two digs and a block.

On defense, Chelsea Engeholm paced the way with 17 digs and hit one ace. Sydney Phillips contributed three digs and an aces, and Emily Reitz served three aces.

Bella Gallina rounded out the Punxsy players with three kills and an assist.

The Lady Chucks served up 13 aces as a team.

The Punxsy Junior Varsity spikers didn't start out quite as hot but still pulled out a win over Union. The Damsels edged out a 23-25 first game before the Lady Chucks rallied for 25-18 and 25-19 contests for the 2-1 victory.

"After losing the first set, the girls rallied together with good communication and aggressive playing to pull out the win," commented JV coach Tabi Bowers. "In the second game, Taylor Cary and Hailey Brady really came through at the serving line for the team. During game three, Lexie Smathers came in during a critical time toward the end of the game to go on a short serving run, which was just what we needed to finish off the game."

Punxsy will take to its home court tonight when rival Brookville comes to town with first serve scheduled for 6 p.m.