Ashton Hoover

Cambridge Springs’ Ashton Hoover (9) tries to push the ball past the Corry block during a non-region showdown at the Devils Den on Thursday. The powerful Beavers won the match in three sets, 25-12, 25-12, 25-12. 

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — The girls volleyball matchup with Corry could be seen as a barometer for the Blue Devils. Corry is one of the top teams in District 10 and Class 2A in Pennsylvania. The Beavers showcased their prowess throughout this match.

On Thursday night, Corry swept Cambridge Springs 25-12, 25-12, 25-12 in a non-region girls volleyball match at the Devil’s Den.

“We just didn’t show up. At home and didn’t show up,” said Cambridge Springs head coach John Turner. “Right off the bat passing wasn’t there. Basically, everything that could go wrong did go wrong.”

Each set was pretty similar as shown by the scoreline. Corry would get a big lead and roll right to the finish line.

In the first set, Corry was up 16-9 and then rattled off seven straight points with five errors coming from the Blue Devils. Madison Vona added a kill and it was 23-9. A cross court kill from Meg Goodsel closed out the opening frame.

In set two, the Beavers went right back to it opening up a 16-6 lead sparked by kills from Vona, Goodsel, Miranda Nickerson and Rachel Brady. Kiran Bugbee added a big block in the run. 

“On Tuesday night, we really weren’t very crisp. Just making a lot of silly mental mistakes,” said Corry head coach Kelly Goodsel. “Tonight we were much crisper from the service line. Other than maybe two or three two-point runs, we we’re pretty good from the serve-receive line. So yeah just a little crisper.”

The Beavers closed out the set with a kill from Miranda Nickerson and a big block from Ciara Davis.

Cambridge kept the third set close for a bit thanks to kills and an ace from Taylor Smith along with a Rhianna Eakin block. Yet, the Spa couldn’t keep up the consistency and the Beavers went on their big run.

“Take nothing away from Corry. Corry’s a good team,” said Turner. “We just clammed up, we weren’t talking. As I always say, if you’re talking, you’re moving. If you’re moving, you’re playing the game. We just didn’t do that tonight.”

Vona closed out the game with a strong play at the net.

For the Blue Devils (2-2), Ashton Hoover and Rhianna Eakin led the team with four kills each. Smith had three.

Hoover also had nine digs while Paige Verbanac tallied eight and Rachel Swanson saved seven. Eakin had four blocks. Swanson passed nine assists.

For Corry (4-0), Vona led the way wiht 12 kills, four aces and 15 digs. Goodsel distributed 29 assists and added six digs. Rachel Brady tallied eight kills.

“Corry’s a good team, we just got to come in at practice and go back at it,” said Turner. “It doesn’t cost us the region or anything like that. It’s a good match that we picked up. Corry’s always good, so it’s good for us. I wanted to give them a little bit more fight to make it worth their while too.”

Jordan Hansgen can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at jhansgen@meadvilletribune.com

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