St. Elmo survives scare from Ramsey

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By Andrew Harner

ST. ELMO – There was plenty of fight in the Ramsey High School volleyball team on Monday night, but there just wasn't enough time for it to beat St. Elmo.

The Lady Rams won the first set and made a nice comeback in the second, but St. Elmo led the entire third set to win the match, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17.

“Our middle (hitters) found a weakness in their defense and took advantage,” said St. Elmo coach Elise Asher. “(And) we found a spot in their serve-receive that we could take advantage of.”

The Lady Eagles didn't find those opportunities until the end of the first set, however, as Ramsey held the lead throughout the entire opening stanza.

St. Elmo closed the gap to just one at 24-23 on back-to-back aces by junior Perry Manley, but she foot-faulted on the final serve of the set to give Ramsey the narrow win.

From there, though, the Lady Eagles opened up a 13-3 lead in the second set, before committing seven straight unforced errors to allow the Lady Rams back into the set.

“A couple of the girls got down on themselves," said Ramsey coach Becky Eddy of the slow start, "but players like (seniors Morgan Miller and Darien Carter) lifted them back up.”

Jenna Hunt served four straight points, and Elizabeth Hortenstine followed with four more to close St. Elmo's lead to 15-13.

The teams traded points throughout the rest of the set, with St. Elmo closing out on three straight serves from junior Savannah Feezel.

In the third set, St. Elmo led wire-to-wire, slowly building up  its advantage.

“We had some good hustle plays, and a couple digs,” Asher said. “Doing those little things right makes a difference and gives us a spark."

The young Lady Eagles team needs as many wins as it can get early in the season, Asher said.

And she has been very pleased to see the team making "strides" in each game of the season.

“If we can survive right now, we can get some momentum and confidence," Asher said. "That will help us be a better team late in the season.”

St. Elmo's JV team defeated the Lady Rams in three sets.