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Strong serving leads Vandebilt to win


Vandebilt Catholic kept getting strong serves, and Berwick had trouble getting to a lot of balls early on in Tuesday's District 5-III match-up.

The rest of the games weren't that much different.

Kristen Kurtz had 12 kills and Melanie Sanvi added six kills to go with six blocks to help Vandebilt Catholic to a 25-13, 25-10, 25-16 victory and three-game sweep over Berwick at the Alfred J. Kolb Center.

"This is a good time of year for us," Vandebilt coach Latashia Wise said. "We've got all of our players back, so we finally have a full roster and I have a lot of options at this point. Our team chemistry is coming together."

Strong play up front early helped Vandebilt (15-12 overall, 4-1 district) to a 4-2 lead in the first game. The Lady Terriers used a 7-0 run behind serves from Maggie Hamilton to build a 15-7 lead.

The Lady Terriers went on to lead by as many as 13 in the match and led 24-13 on match point when Sydney Lerille's spike capped off a 25-13 victory.

The Lady Terriers started the second match with a block at the net, and Lerille's kill made it 9-4. Erin Crane's ace later helped Vandebilt up the lead to 11-4.

Vandebilt led 15-7 near the midway point and late in the match, another kill from Lerille made it 21-10. Berwick (5-15, 1-3) hit a serve from Sanvi off court to close out the second match.

In the third match, Vandebilt led 14-8 at the halfway point after consecutive kills from Crane and Sanvi — part of a 4-0 run by the Lady Terriers. Taylor Boudreaux's kill at the net made it 20-10.

Berwick used a 5-0 run late in the match but Vandebilt responded with another kill from Boudreaux to push the Lady Terriers' lead to 23-15.

Finally, Sanvi's kill on match point gave the Lady Terriers the sweep.

Allie Beyer led Vandebilt in assists with 28, and Hamilton added five aces with 16 digs.

It couldn't come at a better time for Vandebilt with the Lady Terriers set to play at E.D. White Catholic in District 5-3 play Thursday.

"I'm getting goose bumps just thinking about it," Wise said of the match-up with the Lady Cardinals. "I think it's going to be a real good match. They're playing well right now and have beaten some good teams in the last two weeks. We've been playing well and (Tuesday) we did a lot of good things.

"Anytime you serve the ball well and your serve-receive is good, you can run some things with your offense."

Although Berwick played well at times in Tuesday's contest, it was a bit too familiar for Lady Panthers coach Charlotte Menard.

"We've consistently been inconsistent," Menard said. "We've talked about our passing, and we've talked about some confidence issues. We seem to play better against better teams."

Abigail Askew led Berwick with four kills and Elizabeth Hover added three. Rebecca Richard had six assists and Abigail Olin had eight digs.