PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Lady Chucks' fortune had to change sooner rather than later.
The last time the Lady Chucks appeared on their home court, the Bradford Lady Owls walked out victorious to the tune of a 3-0 sweep.
On Monday, after leading two games to zero, the Lady Rovers of Brockway fought back to take a 3-2 win on their home court.
On Thursday night, the Lady Chucks looked like a brand new team, as they defeated the Lady Beavers of DuBois 25-14, 25-12, 25-14 for the 3-0 win.
"The girls came out as a new team tonight. We haven't seen this team in a while. They really came together this game," head coach Heather Good said. "We definitely have had some conversations in practice to try and work through some of our issues, as far as what we've been doing. They did really well today, and this is the type of team I want to see."
You hear that defense wins championships saying in football and basketball, but volleyball?
Nope, it's not thrown around as much.
After the Lady Chucks' showing against DuBois, you may start to hear it more and more.
Punxsy allowed DuBois to win just 10 of its own serves the entire night.
If that wasn't enough, the Lady Beavers were able to win back-to-back serves just twice over the course of the three sets.
"Our passing was great tonight. I kept telling them that was the reason we were able to do what we were able to do at the net," Good said. "Our serve receive and our defense were both great. We were digging up balls that we haven't been digging up. They were moving across the back row and all over the court. That's the way I want to see them play defense."
Speaking of digs, Emily Reitz led the team with 16, followed by Shaina Painter with 11.
The stellar defensive play led to kill opportunities at the net for Taylor Newcome, Emilee States and Hailey Brady.
Newcome led the team with 16 kills, while States and Brady had 6 and 4 respectively.
In the third set alone, the Lady Chucks had 17 kills.
"I think we got up on the block pretty well tonight. I think we swung very well tonight, too," Good said. "We were able to make some adjustments as far as what we want our blockers to do."
On the offensive side the ball, Punxsy was able to take control of the game early on with its serves.
After trailing early on, the Lady Chucks went on a 14-3 run midway through the first set, which set the tone for the evening.
The second match started off differently, as neither team won a serve for the first eight serves of the match.
Finally, on the night serve, Ivy Phillips gave Punxsy a 5-4 lead.
The tides really turned in favor of Punxsy five serves later, as Reitz went on a tear, winning eight straight serves to put Punxsy up and out of reach.
"She's really come along," Good said. "She had a couple of off days because of her injury, but I think she's finally working through that."
Ashley Reitz and Emily Reitz each had one ace on the day.
The Lady Chucks will look to carry over their newfound momentum, as they play host to Curwensville on Tuesday night, before hosting Brookville on
Thursday night for Senior Night.