St. John cruises by Shadyside

SHADYSIDE – Streaking St. John Central continued its fine play on the volleyball court by making quick work of the host Lady Tigers Monday evening.

Coach Carrie Ramsey’s squad prevailed for the 13th straight time in a 25-12, 25-14 and 25-10 victory against Shadyside.

“The girls are really coming together and stepping up their play,” Ramsey said. “Plus, our seniors are really leading the team well and we’re playing well, too.”

St. John Central hasn’t lost since its first match of the season against Barnesville as it continues to pace the OVAC Class 1A standings.

“We’ve got a ways to go and we’ll need to keep improving,” Ramsey said. “I thought coming into the season that we had some talent, but it took some time to get them to work together. They’re playing really well together.”

One of the aspects the Lady Irish have been working to especially hard to improve is in getting out of the gates quickly in the opening game to set the tone.

They had no trouble on Monday with that, scoring nine of the first 13 points of the match and basically never looked back until the final point.

“We’re definitely continuing to get better and our leadership has really been good in every practice and match,” Ramsey said.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the net, Coach Joel Joseph’s squad fell for the 11th time in 13 outings.

For the first time in quite a matches, Joseph didn’t see the improvement that he’d been seeing from his squad that’s in just its second season.

“We didn’t play very well at all,” Joseph said. “We’re behind the 8-ball most nights, but we did some things tonight that I’d not seen us do since, maybe, last year. It was beginner, fundamental, not calling the ball kind of stuff. Give St. John credit, though, because they’re a very good team.”

St. John Central received solid play from Abbey Schlanz who had 16 points and six aces. Athletic sophomore Jessica Alvey donated two aces and five kills. Classmade Lindsey Froehlich added four kills.

Also playing well for the Lady Irish was Karlee Vostatek with 12 points, six aces and eight assists.

“Our middle players have definitely played well for us,” Ramsey said. “We alternate girls in there and they all do well.”

Shadyside was led in scoring by Kenzie Fielding’s three points and Samantha Rosser’s two points and an ace. Angelina McKeever also had an ace.

St. John Central made it a sweep with a 25-21 and 25-10 victory in the jayvee match.

The Lady Irish next play on Wednesday at Frontier, while Shadyside visits Wheeling Central the same evening.

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