Elkins volleyball team downs Lewis

ELKINS – Elkins High School’s volleyball team finished their third match in three nights with a straight set victory over Lewis County (25-12, 25-21, 25-22) Thursday night at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

The Tigers darted out to a 14-5 lead in the first set with good serving and teamwork.

In fact, the Minutemaids did not have consecutive points until Kara Grose served three straight after a side out to inch closer at 14-9.

That was as close as they would get, however, because Taylor Miller took the serve and extended a 15-10 lead into a 22-10 Elkins advantage. There were some nice directed kills by Cassie Plishka in that sequence and after a few more exchanges the set belonged to the home team 25-12.

Elkins again started the second set with a significant lead at 10-5 but Lewis County’s Alexis Rumbach trimmed the Tigers’ lead to just one at 11-10.

For a stretch, neither team could pull away as there were ties at 12-all and 16-all.

Miller then served Elkins to 19-16 and after a great block from Lakin Hitt, Elkins went up 21-17.

Lewis County could not recover from that four-point deficit and the Tigers took the second set, 25-21.

The third set saw Elkins dominate at first, with Zandra Kelly, Hitt, Kayla Simmons and Tessa Krantz staking the home team to a 16-3 advantage.

The Minutemaids began to claw back into the set, eventually getting to within six at 11-17.

The Tigers’ Plishka extended the lead back to nine at 20-11 but then Lewis County’s Braley Bozic went on a roll, closing the lead to just one at 20-19 Elkins.

The visitors would come all the way back to tie the score at 21-all.

Hitt then got two critical points on her serve for 23-21 and two side outs later Simmons hit a serve that Lewis County could not control and the set and the match was over at 25-22.

“It was a great first set for us,” Elkins coach Penny Crawford said. “The girls played well and were having a good time.

“The rest of the match we just played a little better than they did.”

In the match, Simmons had nine kills and 10 attacks; Miller had four assists, four aces, six kills, nine attacks, and four blocks; Hitt had eight assists, eight aces, eight attacks, and 2 blocks; Plishka had three assists, four aces, six kills, and five attacks; Krantz had five aces; and Caroline Valdez had five attacks.

The Tiger junior varsity squad lost their match in three sets (15-25, 26-24, 15-25).

Elkins will celebrate Senior Night when it hosts Grafton at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.