Underclassmen pace Saints volleyball

By on October 14, 2019
Alyssa Rich. Photo by Warren Kozireski

Alyssa Rich. Photo by Warren Kozireski

A sophomore, freshman, and eighth grader combined for 21 digs, six aces, 14 assists, and five kills to lead Churchville-Chili to a 25-15, 25-22, 25-17 victory over division foe Canandaigua in girls volleyball.

The sophomore is libero Alyssa Rich, who led the Saints with 13 digs and was instrumental in keeping several rallies alive with diving saves. The freshman is Camryn Karelus, who rattled off one kill and two aces over a four-point span to help break open the first set. And the eighth grader is setter Skylar Jehlen, who added five digs defensively to her team-leading 14 assists.

With the first set tied 7-7, junior Sophia Orologio served for five consecutive points as classmate Jess Taylor registered a pair of kills. Junior Jaycee Karelus also added two kills and one more to finish the win after Rich had three aces on four serves.

The Saints had a little trouble getting their attack going in the second set getting only five kills – two from junior Jasmine Gibbs – and a pair of aces from Camryn Karelus, but took advantage of multiple errors by the Braves in the three-point victory.

The third game was tied six times including 16-16 before the Saints finished on a 10-2 run thanks to kills from Orologio, Taylor, and senior Melanie Burley and Rich serving four consecutive points.

In addition to the underclassmen, Orologio dished out six assists to go with three kills, four digs, and one ace, while Jaycee Karelus added five kills and a pair of aces to the 5-8 overall, 3-3 in division Saints.