Irish cage Tigers

BELLAIRE – St John Central swept visiting Shadyside in three straight sets, 25-7, 25-18, 25-9, to improve to 4-1 and staying atop the OVAC 1-A standings.

Head coach Carrie Ramsay was proud of her Irish.

“They came to play tonight all the way around,” she said. “We were serving well, making good passes, communicating on the court and playing with enthusiasm.”

Ramsay credited the St. John student section for helping with the final ingredient.

On the other side of the court, Tigers’ head coach Joel Joseph was looking at the positives as his team traded blows with the hosts to a 14-all tie in the second set.

“At times we are playing some good volleyball, but it is always the same story. We get into a rotation where we have trouble with serve-return and we give up 7, 8 or 9 points.

“We just do not have the volleyball maturity to recover from that kind of a deficit,” Joseph admitted.

Kenzie Fielding notched three kills with two points for Shadyside, while Emily Baugh served up five points for the Tigers, now 1-4.

Lindsey Froehlich led the Irish at the net with seven kills. St. John scoring leaders were Lindsey Perry with 21 points on seven aces.

Serving up 15 points with six aces and setting nine assists was Sydney Helms.

Palmer can be reached at mpalmer@timesleaderonline.com