Duffalo

Brockway’s Mikayla Duffalo (14) spikes the ball in a game earlier this season against Sheffield. Duffalo had five kills to help the Lady Rovers to their first win of the season against Curwensville on Tuesday.

File photo by Andy Stine

BROCKWAY — Tom Petty probably said it best for the Brockway Area High School volleyball team with the line “the waiting is the hardest part.”

The Lady Rovers waited nearly 10 games to pick up their first win of the season, but finally pulled it off as they defeated Curwensville in straight sets, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23, on Tuesday.

While it wasn’t the first-ever for first-year Brockway head coach Crystal Powell, who had several successful seasons in the past at Clarion-Limestone, it was her first while leading the Lady Rovers.

“It certainly feels good to win,” Powell said. “But, like I told the girls, we simply need to keep improving and keep moving ahead. Getting more wins would be great but improving their game would be even better.”

As the scores suggest, neither team was able to pull away from the other and the most either team managed was a six-point advantage. Each team had one of those in the opening two sets.

However, while Brockway managed to hold off a comeback by the Lady Tide in the first, Curwensville couldn’t do the same in the second, putting it in a 2-0 hole.

The biggest lead of the final set came early as the Lady Rovers went up five at 6-1, but the score was tied seven times after that with the last coming on a side out at 23-23 which gave the ball back to Brockway.

Junior Jordan Faith then picked up the final two points at the service line to give the Lady Rovers the victory.

Brockway senior Kaitlyn Morelli and juniors Maggie Schmader and Mikayla Duffalo provided some punch at the net along the way as they combined for 19 kills.

Faith led the Lady Rovers at the service line as she finished with 15 points while senior Morgan Rendos had 10.

Junior Elizabeth Mathews led Curwensville with seven kills while sophomore Tarah Jacobson led the Lady Tide from the service line with 11.

The early part of the opening set saw the two teams trade the serve back-and-forth several times leading to a 7-7 tie before Faith came to the line and rattled off six-straight points for a 13-7 lead before a side out pushed the ball back to the other side of the net.

Curwensville nibbled at the lead, getting it down to a single point four times, the last at 23-22, before a side out and a point by Rendos gave Brockway the 25-22 victory.

The second set started much the same way, but this time it was the Lady Tide that used a couple of three-point runs by freshman Allison Hess and Jacobson to eventually open up a 16-10 lead.

However, it didn’t last long as the Lady Rovers kept the ball off the floor for a couple long stretches, giving Faith an opportunity to come back to the line where she snapped off another six-point run to open up a 23-19 lead.

Curwensville cut the margin to two twice, but a service error by the Lady Tide eventually gave Brockway another 25-22 victory.

While the Lady Rovers took an early lead in the final set, it was by no means enough as Curwensville came back, leading to the seven ties down the stretch.

The Lady Tide grabbed a late lead on a pair of points by senior Olivia McGarry to open up a 23-22 advantage, but a side out and back-to-back points by Faith wrapped up the three-set sweep for the Lady Rovers.

“Teamwork and communication were the two things that we’ve talked about and they worked for us tonight,” Powell said. “The teamwork was there and we were pretty balanced offensively and defensively.”

Brockway will travel to Sheffield on Thursday.

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