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Cougars sweep Goretti

October 18, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER/Staff Correspondent

The first game of Tuesday night's match between Jefferson and St. Maria Goretti went down to the wire and could have gone either way.

The Cougars made sure the match wouldn't be decided that way.

Jefferson scored the first 11 points of the second game behind the serve of Tasha Lisborg and pulled away for a 25-23, 25-8, 25-11 victory at the Gael Center.

"We got a good, positive run to start the second game and it allowed us to get a little more comfortable," said Jefferson coach Robert Sell. "We got into a rhythm in games two and three."

Lisborg saw her first and only service action during the run and she took advantage by serving two aces. The Cougars senior also assisted four kills and had 12 assists for the match, despite sitting out the third game.

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"(Lisborg) was great in the second game," said Sell, "but we're trying some things a little differently right now. We have three good seniors, but at this point in the year I want to look toward the future."

Taking that approach, Jefferson (4-10) was led by sophomore Dezirea Clinton's 10 kills, while fellow sophomore Samantha Larcombe had six over the last two games. Juniors Sharelle Larcombe and Katie Danno each had four kills and Samantha Miller, also a junior, took over setting duties midway through the second game and finished with 20 assists.

In and out of the match, senior Heather Jenkins had nine kills.

"Getting out to a big lead in game two allowed us to mix and match a little bit more," Sell said. "We wanted to get some of our younger players out there to see what we have for the future."

Goretti (3-10) finally got on the board in the second game on a Jefferson error to make it 11-1. But the Gaels scored consecutive points only once in the game and had seven of their eight points come on Cougars errors.

Jefferson never trailed in the third game and had a 9-0 run behind the serve of Samantha Larcomb down the stretch to seal it.

"As soon as the other team gets big runs like that, the girls kind of get down on themselves," said Goretti coach Blakeley Jackson. "I know my girls can play, we just have to play all three games well instead of one out of three, or two out of four."

Goretti nearly knocked off Jefferson in the opening game, which featured eight ties and six lead changes. The Gaels pushed ahead 22-19 on a Sarah Swope kill, but the Cougars scored six of the last seven points to win it.

Gabby Turano had 17 digs and six service points for Goretti, which lost both matchups against the Cougars this season. Courtney Thompson had 13 digs and three aces and Natalie Feretti had six assists.

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