Wellsville nets sweep of Beavers

CALCUTTA – The Wellsville volleyball team has displayed dominance and speed throughout the season and that was again on display in its rematch with Beaver Local on Tuesday as the Tigers swept the Beavers 25-23, 25-18, 25-17.

“I keep telling them we need to play more consistently,” Wellsville coach Dan McKinstry said.

The Tigers (14-4) continued to show their success with scoring spurts as nine and 10 point leads were established throughout the match. Inconsistencies, however, kept giving the Tigers trouble as their leads would diminish before being built up again.

McKinstry knew that Beaver Local would be tougher in the rematch.

“We controlled the first game, then we were fighting for our lives to win it,” McKinstry said. “Third game, we figured our where we got to hit the ball.”

The Beavers (6-12) displayed the same never-quit attitude that kept them alive throughout the season. They continued to keep the score very close, if not tied, but then found themselves fighting off unforced errors which opened up Wellsville’s lead. By the third game, the team was tired, but still would not give up.

Beaver Local coach Sara Lowe had little to say in regards to the Beavers’ loss.

“Wellsville played a good game,” Lowe said. “We just need to work on our inconsistencies.”

For the Beavers, Tanner Dolhun led with eight points and two kills, Bobbie Ann Theiss had six points and three aces, and Danna Talbott had six points, seven kills and 18 digs.

Angelica Scarabino, who had her best night serving for the Tigers with 11 points and six aces, showed pride in her team and admiration for Beaver Local.

“We kept the hammer down all three games as coach told us,” Scarabino said. “I respect Beaver Local and coach Lowe, I have a lot of respect for her.”

Along with Scarabino, Shayla Hamilton had a strong night for the Tigers with 18 points and 21 assists along with Johnna Stokes and Brittany Clendenning each with 10 kills.

The Tigers look to finish strong as the season closes, and Scarabino sets her sights on the top prize.

“We would like to continue into tournaments,” Scarabino said. “We always like to keep our heads high to win a district title.”

Wellsville won in varsity, but Beaver Local knocked the Tigers 25-5, 25-17, and improved their jayvee season to 14-2.

Connor McKenzie led the Beavers with 18 points while Brittany Hoschar led the Tigers with three kills.

The Tigers travel to Columbiana to take on the Clippers on Thursday. The Beavers host Youngstown East on Thursday.