NEW CASTLE —
Wilmington’s Abby Sotter supplied 15 points, nine digs and seven kills in a 25-19, 25-18, 25-17 win over Mercer.
“We played better (last night),” Lady Greyhounds coach Amber Marett said. “Abby really had a great night serving and everyone was hitting the ball. It was nice to see the offense come alive.”
Cassidy Marett rolled up seven points, eight digs and 32 assists for Wilmington (6-4, 9-5) and Stephanie Parker provided seven markers, 10 digs and 11 kills.
Lexi Ligo collected six points and 12 digs, while Tessa Sikora chipped in with four points, four blocks, four digs and 10 kills. Katherine Clark collected six digs and Saloma Byler added three blocks and four kills.
The Lady Greyhounds’ JV team won 25-13, 19-25, 15-11.
Jamie Thompson tallied nine points, 13 assists and six digs, while Rachel Vernon contributed eight markers, five kills and four digs. Madeline Whiting was next with seven points and three kills. Alana Romeo scooped up five digs.
It was a bittersweet ending to the season for Ellwood City Lincoln.
The Lady Wolverines (4-6, 7-6) handled visiting Freedom, 25-9, 25-14, 25-9.
It was the final game for two cornerstones of a program that started five years ago, seniors Angela McCowin and Isabella Williams.
“They really helped me build this team,” coach Kim Frampton said. “They were our two original players. It was a good night for them.”
McCowin led the team with 17 kills and six blocks. Williams contributed 17 assists.
“It’s tough seeing them go,” Frampton said of her departing seniors. “Fortunately we’re going to come back with a lot of strong players.”
Seniors Asia Borders and Carson Kegel also had big nights. Borders completed six kills to go with three blocks. Kegel scored five aces and scooped 14 digs.
“It’s great to walk away from this season with a win,” Frampton said. “It was great seeing all the girls excited, smiling, and happy on the court. They are like a family.”
Despite the loss of her four seniors, Frampton says the future is bright for the young program.
“Based on how we performed in JV and varsity this year, I feel like we have a lot of confidence going into next season,” Frampton said. “We have juniors who played varsity this year and have two tall, middle-hitting freshmen we’re looking forward to.”
Ellwood City’s JV team also won, 25-20, 25-19.