Fan support helps Female Flyers

Published 12:55 pm Friday, September 12, 2008

There’s nothing like having that home court advantage.

St. Joseph held a “Jam the Gym” night as students were given a free pass to the game, and the overflow crowd of students and adults helped spark the Female Flyers to a 25-20, 25-20, 25-10 volleyball win over Hannan, W.Va., Thursday.

“The big thing was getting the girls some support. The kids came out and were cheering and hollering,” said St. Joseph coach Dan Harmon. “This is volleyball, so they were the seventh man for us tonight.”

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Katie Hacker and Michelle Staton had big games. Each had 10 points and 10 kills while Hacker added three blocks.

Ivana Sethnicka also scored 10 points while Ashley Gannon had 15 assists and Sara Burcham racked up 12.

The Female Flyers play in a tri-match at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Gallipolis against Ohio Valley Christian and Racine Southern.

Also, St. Joseph plays at Rock Hill on Wednesday in a “Volley for the Cure” match.

Redwomen top Panthers

CHESAPEAKE — It was a sweep, but it wasn’t easy.

The Rock Hill Redwomen beat the Chesapeake Lady Panthers in Ohio Valley Conference volleyball play Thursday in straight sets, 25-15, 25-16, and 25-17.

Chesapeake coach Dana Edwards said Rock Hill’s tandem of Jazel DeAutremont and Jamie Scott were too much for his team to overcome.

“Both their girls scored a lot of points. Scott had some great serves. We couldn’t return the ball,” said Edwards.

Nikki Lindsey had seven spikes including three kills for the Lady Panthers. Sarah Rice had a strong game as setter and Amanda Ruffner recorded 14 spikes, seven kills, and six blocks.

“Nikki does a tremendous job keeping us together,” said Edwards. Sarah gets all over the place and gets the ball in the air and Amanda had a great game.”

In the reserve game, Rock Hill won 25-20, 20-25, 25-22. Morgan Schug had seven ace serves to pace the Redwomen.

Chesapeake was led by Beth McWhorter with several big spikes and points while Megan Gilpin has six aces.

“Morgan Schug did a fantastic job for them,” said Edwards. “McWhorter wants to play so bad and she scored some big points for us. Gilpin did a fantatstic job setting all night.”

Chesapeake hosts Coal Grove at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in a league match.