Punxsy spikers sweep DuBois in home opener

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In her first home match at the helm, Punxsy volleyball coach Heather Good could not be more pleased with her team. Her Lady Chucks swept past the rival DuBois Lady Beavers, 3-0, by scores of 25-22, 25-23 and 25-18 Tuesday night in Punxsutawney.

"I was happy we won our first home match," said Good afterwards. "It is a great feeling again to play like this in front of our home crowd for the first time and beat a team in three games."

Sydney Weaver had a solid all-around game to pace the Punxsy attack. The senior middle hitter pounded nine kills, dug 20 balls, lined six aces and had 3.5 blocks for the match. Both Shayla Brink and Taylor Newcome added seven kills of their own for the Lady Chucks.

Ashley Reitz recorded nine set assists and added a pair of aces, while fellow setter Shaina Painter had eight assists.

Senior Chelsea Engeholm dug 14 balls with an ace on defense, along with Emily Reitz having 12 digs of her own. Juniors Emilee States (three kills and a dig), Bella Gallina (two kills and an assist) and Sydney Phillips (six digs) provided key help, as well.

"I am really proud of the way we played tonight," added Good.

Leading 13-12 in the first game, Punxsy (2-1) scored eight of the next 10 points with an ace from Ashley Reitz highlighting the run for a 21-14 advantage.

DuBois battled back to pull to within a point two times, 22-21 and 23-22, but Punxsy finished the contest on two kills from Brink for the 25-22 final.

Game 2 was tighter than the opener with neither team being able to pull away and were tied as late as 18-18.

The Lady Chucks would take advantage of three of the next four balls being hit either long or out of bounds by the visitors and would never trail.

The final point came from a DuBois player being called for a lift and 25-23 final.

Trailing 3-2 in the third game, the Lady Chucks rattled off seven-straight points behind three service aces by Weaver to pull ahead 9-3.

Leading 12-7, States dinked one ball over for a point and followed with a soft block for another point as part of three points in a row, 15-7, and were not challenged again before the 25-18 final.

Prior to the varsity match, the Lady Chucks junior varsity team set the tone for the night.

Punxsy won its second match in three outings with its first sweep 25-18 and 25-15 over DuBois.

"I am very proud of our girls, as we came out strong from the beginning, which we hadn't done to this point of the season," explained JV coach Tabi Bowers.

"On the night, Shania DeFoor served and passed very well," she said. "Setter Ivy Phillips played very well by moving the ball around and making good decisions with the ball all match."

Punxsy will remain at home for its next match, as it hosts Curwensville starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening.