Gator volleyball team splits non-league matches

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
September 10, 2009

The Port Allegany volleyball team started the season off on a positive note, defeating Allegany-Limestone 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19) in last Friday’s home opener.

“Excellent offensive effort by our middles,” head coach Sharon Daniels said. “Alyssa Bowser (16 service points, 8 blocks, 6 kills, 16 digs) and Kelsey Pistner (15 service points, 4 blocks, 6 kills, 12 digs) both were swinging very well. Setters are moving quick to the ball and making sound decisions.  Jenny Shelley (8 service points, 1 block, 4 kills, 11 assists) did a very nice job of picking their service receive apart with her serving.  The entire team is passing very well. Their enthusiasm is contagious.”

On Tuesday, the Gators fell at Wellsboro, 3-1 (25-21, 25-15, 26-28, 25-17).
“Our offense was rather ineffective in the first two games, but in the third the girls successfully got the ball out to Renee Edgell (10 kills) and Jenny Shelley (12 service points, 8 assists, 5 digs), and we started making Wellsboro’s defense move,” Daniels said.  “Renee Edgell hit very well. Again, Jenny Shelley’s serving kept Wellsboro’s service receive off balance and we were able to get some free ball opportunities to set up our attack.”

She concluded, “Even though we didn’t come out on top of this match, I’m seeing so many good things on the court.  We have specific areas in which we need to improve but the girls’ teamwork and enthusiasm remains their best attribute.”

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