NEW CASTLE —
Nothing came easy last night for the Ellwood City Lincoln High girls volleyball team.
The Lady Wolverines battled for a 25-21, 33-31, 25-20 WPIAL Section 1-AA road victory over Mohawk.
“It was an exciting match. Mohawk always steps up their game against us,” Ellwood City coach Kim Frampton said. “They made us work for it. We had a lot of strong hits.
“It was just a really even game between the teams.”
Angela McCowin posted five aces, four blocks and 15 kills for Ellwood City (4-6 section, 7-6 overall), while Asia Borders chipped in with three blocks and 12 kills.
Susie Blyth scooped up 21 digs.
Paige Ruby led the Lady Warriors (1-9, 5-10) with three aces and three kills in their season finale. Devon Giancola added eight kills and Malea Tress contributed six assists.
“I think unfortunately our record didn’t reflect what we were capable of doing this year,” Mohawk coach Britney Kwolek said. “We were really close with some of these teams we played. We really battled hard with some of these teams, too.
“Our energy had a lot to do with our game this year. It definitely wasn’t a disappointing season. We had high hopes to do well. We didn’t do as well as we could have, though.”
The Lady Wolverines won the JV match as well, 25-21, 25-19.
Emily Brown recorded 13 assists for Ellwood City and Autumn Kuzmin added eight digs.
Allie McKelvey, Kuzmin and Shae Barrett all slammed four kills each for the winners.
Maggie Cosgrove notched four kills and Jessica Meyer added five assists for Mohawk.
The Lady Spartans cruised to a 25-14, 25-10, 25-14 Section 3-A home win over Union.
Leah Telesz rolled up nine kills, 16 points and seven aces for Laurel (9-2, 13-3) and Allie Collier followed with five kills, 13 points and three aces.
Mackenzie Mraz delivered six kills, 11 points and six aces for the winners, while Makayla Dupont dished out nine points, three aces and 15 assists.
“I thought all of the girls played well,” Lady Spartans coach Nikki Downing said. “This was probably one of their best overall games; there was no stress and everyone was in good spirits.
“The girls are very excited about playing Shenango. It’s a big game, but not as big as it was going to be. It’s about pride now. Hopefully we use it to our advantage and end our regular season on a good note.”
Laurel travels to Shenango (11-0, 14-2) tonight conclude the regular season. Both teams have clinched a WPIAL playoff spot. The WPIAL will announce the postseason pairings Monday and the games will start as early as Tuesday.
Morgan Miller paced the Lady Scots (5-6, 8-8) with three kills and Tyanna Harris added seven assists.
“We came out pretty well,” Union coach Bob Miller said. “We had the lead and control through the halfway point of the first game. But that was it and we couldn’t recover after that.”
Laurel claimed the JV match, 25-14, 25-20.