Lady Saints make statement vs Mason County

St. Patrick was ready to prove where they belonged in the 39th District.

All indications Tuesday point towards the upper half.

The Lady Saints overcame a sluggish start to top Mason County in straight sets with a 2-0 (25-21, 25-16) victory at The Shamrock, defeating their rival for the first time since 2015 after five straight losses the past two seasons.

“We started off jittery, something with that blue uniform whenever we play them they are like that, but once we got going we were alright,” Lady Saints coach Chuck Hamilton said. “Our JV serves were awesome and then we came out and committed a bunch of service errors, that’s not like us. It was a good comeback, we didn’t panic, came back and stayed the course.”

Service errors plagued the Lady Saints early on as the Lady Royals took a 12-10 lead after the fourth service error of the set for St. Patrick.

The Lady Royals were able to extend the lead to 17-13 after a couple of kills from Kiersten Coleman and an ace from Emily Throughman, then the Lady Saints needed a timeout.

The break to regroup paid off as St. Patrick went on an 8-1 run to gain control of the first set, taking a 21-18 edge after a Caroline McKay kill. A trio of St. Pat errors evened things up from there.

But a service error followed by back-to-back kills from Justina Klee put the Lady Saints on the brink of taking the first set at 24-21.

“Justina really came alive. She’s a weapon and I’m glad we’ve got her. She’s come a long way,” Hamilton said.

Jaclyn Stewart made sure the first set would go the Lady Saints way, via an set-ending ace, taking it 25-21.

After trading the first eight points of the second set to keep it even at 4-all, an error brigade put the Lady Royals in an 11-5 bind after a quick 7-1 Lady Saints run. St. Patrick used the strong service game of Makenna Roush to continue to do damage as she and Elizabeth Hubbard racked up three aces to make it 13-9 Lady Saints. They extended the lead to as large as 18-9 from there, the Lady Royals committing a combination of nine errors and service errors to get to that point.

“We have to work on our transitions a little bit and some of our covering. We have some communication errors we need to work out which comes with a bunch of girls that haven’t played together that much. We’ll work on it, we’re getting there,” Lady Royals coach Shelby Hesler said.

Alyssa Cracraft tried to will the Lady Royals back in it with consecutive aces, followed by a Meya Myrick kill to make it 19-14, but three straight errors at 21-15 gave the Lady Saints match point.

After an error to get it to 24-16, Caroline McKay ended the contest with a kill.

The Lady Saints last win over Mason County came in the 39th District Tournament in 2015, ending the Lady Royals season. Although this one isn’t quite of that magnitude, Hamilton is excited for his group.

“It’s always sweet to beat them,” Hamilton said. “Last year we’ve had a few close games with them, but we couldn’t get over the hump. We have an experienced team which is rare. There’s still a long way to go, but from what I’ve seen Bracken is still the top of the district, but we’re right there with them.”

The win improves St. Patrick to 7-6 on the year and will face Nicholas County on Thursday.

Hubbard led the Lady Saints with four aces while Klee led with nine kills.

Mason County dropped to 2-10 on the season, losing their sixth straight match. They’ll look to end the slide Wednesday when they host Ripley.

“They wanted to win this game so bad because it is St. Pat. They’ll probably feel better tomorrow playing Ripley because it is not St. Pat. They wanted to win tonight more than I think they’ve wanted to do much of anything this season,” Hesler said.

Alyssa Cracraft led the Lady Royals with four of their seven aces, Meya Myrick had three kills to lead in that department.

ST. PATRICK DEF. MASON COUNTY, 2-0 (25-21, 25-16)

MATCH STATS

Aces: Mason 7 (Cracraft 4), St. Pat 10 (Hubbard 4)

Kills: Mason 9 (Myrick 3), St. Pat 13 (Klee 10)

Service Errors: Mason 5, St. Pat 7

Errors: Mason 21, St. Pat 14

Records: Mason County 2-10, St. Patrick 7-6

St. Patrick’s Justina Klee (40) goes up for a block against Mason County’s Alyssa Cracraft (16). The Lady Saints got their first win over Mason County since 2015 with a 2-0 (25-21, 25-16), win over the Lady Royals, Tuesday.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_volleyball-4.jpgSt. Patrick’s Justina Klee (40) goes up for a block against Mason County’s Alyssa Cracraft (16). The Lady Saints got their first win over Mason County since 2015 with a 2-0 (25-21, 25-16), win over the Lady Royals, Tuesday.

 

EVAN DENNISON

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