The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

High School Sports

October 25, 2013

North Star captures WestPAC volleyball crown

SHANKSVILLE — A young but yet experienced North Star girls volleyball team defeated Berlin Brothersvalley in three games on Thursday night to capture the WestPAC championship at Shanksville-Stonycreek High School.

Both teams have a record of 16-1, with their only losses being to each other. Despite the fact that North Star clinched the title in three, Berlin put up a fight that made for some great volleyball matches. The two teams match up well together which is shown in the scores of 26-24, 26-24, and 25-21.

Berlin started out strong leading the first game with a score of 7-1. It didn’t take long for the Lady Cougars to respond with a five-point run, and from then on it was back and forth between the two teams. Berlin head coach Corey Will stated, “It was a fun game and North Star is a good team. We had some points that hurt us, and it showed up in the score at the end. Chances are we may see them again in the playoffs.”

North Star trailed in game two 10-15, but Head Coach Tony Crisafulli called a time out mid game to get his girls back on track. The score was tied three times in game two at 22-22, 23-23, and 24-24. Freshmen standout Jackie Stanko was able to serve an ace to pull ahead 25-24 and Ellie Fleegle topped it off with a block kill to finish the game at 26-24. Game three was no different with both teams matching up head to head going back and forth with the score. North Star however managed to come out on top.

“We knew coming into this game that we had a fight in our hands.” Crisafulli stated. “Berlin is a strong well coached team with some good senior players. It was a good battle from both sides. We had strong defense tonight and went after the ball. I am blessed to have these players.”

North Star was led my freshman middle hitter Jackie Stanko with 14 kills, while Kayla Rice, Ellie Fleegle, and Hannah Schrock each added 9. Courtney Schrock dished off 18 assists, while Kelli Putman added 11 assists including 9 service points with 3 aces at crucial points in the game.

 Senior Shelby Coughenour led Berlin with 13 kills, while Claire Spochart added 6 and Kaylin Dunn added 5. Courtney Voytek dished out 24 assists.

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