Lady Chucks VB breezes past the Lady Raiders

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Playing back-to-back days in any sport is tough. Punxsy proved to be successful on both ends of the matches as it breezed past rival Brookville, 3-0, Tuesday night.

Behind 15 service aces and strong serving in the sets, the Lady Chucks (5-1) claimed the three games by scores of 25-13, 25-10 and 25-11.

"Any time you win a match in three sets it is a good thing. It is a feat for any team any time," said Punxsy's coach Heather Good. "Sydney Phillips and Chelsea Engeholm served extremely well, while Taylor Newcome had a solid night on our front line."

Phillips served for nine-straight points in the second game while Engeholm served six-straight late in the third game. Phillips finished with five aces and a dig while Engeholm had three aces and three digs.

Junior middle hitter Newcome downed 11 kills and blocked one attack to lead the Punxsy front line. Sydney Weaver chipped in seven kills, three digs and an ace. Senior Shayla Brink added three kills, two aces and two digs. Bella Gallina hit three kills while Hailey Brady came off the bench for two kills and a dig.

The team setters spread around the assists against Brookville. Shaina Painter dished nine assists and had a block assist while Ashley Reitz contributed eight assists, two aces and a dig. Ivy Phillips assisted on two kills.

Emily Reitz and Emilee States rounded out the contributors. Reitz posted three digs, two aces and a kill with States having a dig and a kill.

In the opening contest, Punxsy put four-straight points on the board behind a dink kill from Newcome and an Engeholm ace to make it 11-5. The Lady Chucks continued to build upon the margin behind serving with Ashley Reitz having two aces and one from her sister Emily, as the lead grew to 17-7 upon a Weaver kill. The home team finished the first game with four more points in a row including two Sydney Phillips aces to make it 25-13.

Punxsy put together the game-deciding run earlier in the second game. Leading 5-4, the Lady Chucks rattled off nine points in a row with Sydney Phillips serving with two aces in the run to make it 14-4.

After one Lady Raiders point, the home squad netted five more tallies to open it even further, 19-5. Weaver lined two kills and aced the final point to end the second set, 25-10.

Brookville stayed closer in the first half of the third game, as it was tied, 8-8. From the tie, Brink served seven points in a row with a pair of aces to break open game three, 15-8. Following a single Brookville point, Engeholm lined an ace as part of serving for six-straight points, 21-9. Weaver and Brink recorded back-to-back kills to end the match for the 25-11 final.

The Junior Varsity team started the match in the same shut out fashion. The Lady Chucks won the match, 2-0, by tallies of 25-19 and 25-18 for their second win in as many nights.

Brady laced eight service aces and downed five kills to pace the Punxsy attack. Shania DeFoor had five aces of her own and Keely Dubensky hit three kills.

"I am proud of the girls for coming out and sweeping the match after playing on the road last night," added JV coach Tabi Bowers.

Punxsy led 19-17 in the second game when Defoor served four-straight points with two of her fives aces to make it 23-17. A couple minutes later, Dubensky completed the Lady Chucks sweep with a kill and 25-18 second game win.

The Lady Chucks' volleyball teams remain at home for a Thursday night match against Altoona starting at 6 p.m.