St. John races past Beallsville

BELLAIRE – St. John Central continued its torrid pace in girls’ volleyball action here Monday night in “The Green House” on Guernsey Street.

The Lady Irish (7-1) won for the seventh straight time after a season-opening loss to Barnesville.

Beallsville became a victim for the second time as the Green Machine rolled to a 25-22, 25-13 and 25-19 victory in straight sets in match that took just 59 minutes.

Having already defeated the Blue Devils (0-5), St. John Central came out a little sluggish in the first set and found itself in a dogfight.

Deadlocked nine times, the last at 21-all, the Irish tallied four of the last five points to take the opening set in 20 minutes.

“We did have a slow start and we have to work on that,” St. John Central head coach Carrie Ramsay said. “I think the girls might have been a little lazy at the beginning because we had already beat them this season. We’ve got a couple of things to work on, but we’ll be back again tomorrow.”

The loss seemed to take some of the steam out of the Blue Devils as they weren’t the same team in the second set.

Tied at five, the Irish used the serving of senior Abbey Schlanz to take a lead they would never relinquish. Her six unanswered points made it 11-5 and the hosts never looked back. Jessica Alvey also had a huge game serving.

“The second set was definitely our best of the three,” Ramsay allowed. “We played really well in that set. Those two girls (Abbey and Jessica) are really good servers.”

The final set was back-and-forth as neither team could earn more than a three-point advantage at any time.

Tied at 16, St. John Central went on a 7-1 spurt to grab a commanding, 23-17, lead, but Beallsville scored the next two before the hosts closed the match out on a kill by Emily Lemasters.

“We did really well in the second set, but we can’t come out sluggish like we did today and then play like we did in the third set,” Ramsay admitted. “We were still a little slow in the third set.”

The Irish were led by Schlanz with 10 points and four kills. Alvey added seven markers, which included a pair of aces. Amber LaMotte chipped in six points on four aces, and Lindsee Perry charted five points and three kills. Lindsey Froehlich added seven kills and a pair of aces. Also delivering strong performances were Lemasters, Sydney Helms, Caitlin Sliva, Gabrielle Santinceto and Karlee Vostatek.

Beallsville was led by Rekki Decker with eight points. Ella Campbell added seven points.

St. John Central remains at home today when Wheeling Central visits.

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