T-D HS Volleyball

Jackets, Huskies sweep to advance

By: JAKE OSWALT

EBENSBURG — The Ferndale girls’ volleyball team had a great start and never looked back on its way to a 3-0 sweep over perennial power Northern Cambria at Bishop Carroll High School on Wednesday. Ferndale won 25-11, 25-20, 25-13.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead. That seemed to set the tempo and Northern Cambria could never go on a long run to combat Ferndale’s strong play early on.
“We started off the first game with quite a few digs and started off strong,” Ferndale coach Kim Reighard said. “That gave us a little bit of momentum. It was tough to play Northern Cambria in the first round with their reputation as a premier program.”
Junior middle hitter Carly Baumbaugh led the way with six of her game-high 10 kills in the first set. Ferndale scored 19 of the first 22 points in the set. Northern Cambria had very little playoff experience coming in, something its coach attributed the slow start to.
“We didn’t have enough playoff experience and it kind of showed,” Northern Cambria coach Mike Hogan said after his team ended its season with a 9-8 record. “We had some kids that were nervous and lost a little bit of confidence. We had a couple players try to do too much. We have to learn how to handle ourselves in that situation. You give all the credit to Ferndale. They were the better team tonight.”
The second set featured long runs by both teams, with Ferndale winning the closest set of the three. Ferndale senior Elizabeth Chobany had nine consecutive service points to lead the way. Chobany had 21 service points overall, was 26-for-26 on serves, and chipped in 15 digs.
Ferndale (8-7) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third set to make it tough on the Colts to come back. It finished the set on a 6-0 run to advance to play top-seeded Bellwood-Antis tonight.
Layky Fornari led Northern Cambria with seven kills and libero Kelly Lieb played strong defense all night. Ferndale’s Cassandra Vivis had 13 assists.

Bishop Carroll cruises to quarterfinals
Bishop Carroll is on a mission to make it to Altoona for the Class A semifinals on Saturday.
The Huskies took care of business Wednesday night with a sweep over No. 12 Claysburg-Kimmel, winning 25-10, 25-16, and 25-7.
“I think they’re very focused on making it down to the Altoona Fieldhouse on Saturday,” Bishop Carroll coach Joe Skura said. “They know in order to do that, they had to get through Claysburg-Kimmel (Wednesday night) and West Branch (tonight).”
Bishop Carroll jumped out to a 6-0 lead to take control of the game early. Junior middle hitter Sarah Gomish led the way with 10 kills and sophomore setter Janelle Gueguen had 10 assists in the first set.
Claysburg-Kimmel took an early 5-1 lead in the second set, but the Huskies regrouped to take charge of the match and win by nine points.
“I thought Claysburg-Kimmel came in and played hard,” Skura said. “We played a little bit sluggish the second set. Credit to them for playing and serving strong. I was proud of our team to be able to regroup and battle through some adversity.”
Bishop Carroll (14-5) did so with strong serving from junior Rachel Kwisnek, who had 26 service points on the night. The Huskies combined for 15 aces.
In the third set, Bishop Carroll got off to a 5-0 start and never looked back in order to punch its ticket to the Class A quarterfinals. Gomish finished with 25 kills and Guegen had 36 assists. Freshman Ellie Yahner contributed 11 kills and 13 service points. Junior Allyson Przybys led Bishop Carroll with eight digs. Claysburg-Kimmel had no answer for the strong play of Gomish.
“She is so humble,” Skura said about Gomish. “She doesn’t want the attention on her, but with her playing she gets the attention. She’s the silent leader on the court. The girls kind of follow what she does. She feeds off the team’s energy, and they feed off of her.”
Fifth-seeded Bishop Carroll will play fourth-seeded West Branch tonight at Bellwood-Antis.
The winner will advance to the semifinals Saturday in Altoona.    

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