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Saints' win streak reaches 7

October 16, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SAINT JAMES -- The St. James volleyball team continued on its tear with a 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 victory over Mercersburg Academy on Wednesday.

"Tonight was a total team effort," said St. James coach Wendi Smith, whose team improved to 11-3 with its seventh straight win. "All of the hard work this season is starting to pay off. We are starting to play really well together as a team. Tonight, we moved well to the ball and the setters distributed the ball well to all of the hitters.

"The winning streak comes from the total team effort. It goes straight from the starters to the bench. Everybody steps up when it is necessary."

St. James was led by junior Lindsey Gish with 20 service points and 12 assists, while Alina Rossini, the only senior on the team, had eight service points and five kills.

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Regena Reyes had five blocks and five kills, Callan Spicher had eight kills and Jordan Wills added four blocks in the victory.

Taylor Riley had 11 service points, 12 digs and seven kills for Mercersburg (8-8). Abby Schwing had 17 assists, Sarah Kolanowski had seven digs, six kills and four blocks and Anika Kempe had eight digs and four kills for the Blue Storm.

Mercersburg built a 10-5 lead in the first game. But St. James got six straight service points from Rossini to take a 12-10 lead. After a couple of lead changes, the Saints took the lead for good at 22-17 after a sideout and four straight service points from Gish. After the Blue Storm got a point, the Saints got a sideout and two service points by Wills to win the game.

The second game was a tightly contested battle with numerous lead changes. Mercersburg had a 22-21 lead late in the contest, but St. James got a sideout and a service point by Spicher to go up 23-22. After the Blue Storm responded with a point, the Saints answered with a sideout and a service point by Gish to get the win.

With Mercersburg clinging to a 15-14 lead in the third game, St. James got a sideout and eight straight service points by Gish to build a 23-15 lead. The Saints got their last two points on a pair of sideouts and a game-ending block by Reyes to seal the match.

"We really struggled in serve-receive," Mercersburg coach Kylie Johnson said. "We couldn't pass the ball off the serve. They put up some nice blocks and we weren't covering them. I think St. James did well blocking. They had nice servers and that is why we struggled trying to put together an offense."

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