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Lady Cat Volleyball Team Downs Venango Catholic, Completes Regular Season 18-0, Wins 20th KSAC Championship, Coach Campbell On Cusp Of Major Milestone (Posted 10/26/20)

(Image by Nate Girvan) Above: 2020 KSAC Champs – Front (L-R) Adia Needham and Noel Anthony. Back (L-R) Coach Tracy Durish, Head Coach Shari Campbell, Erica Selfridge, Grace Ochs, Ava Kiser, Payton Simko, Korrin Burns, Jordan Best, Taylor Alston, Brenna Campbell, Aryana Girvan, Brianna Pierce and Coach Sammi Beichner

How fitting it is for the Clarion Area Lady Cats Volleyball Team, that they completed their 2020 regular season with an 18-0 record and claiming the program’s 20th Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference (KSAC) Title. This was the Cats’ third straight title and fourth in five years.

The 3-0 (25-9, 25-5, 25-8) victory, over the homestanding Venango Catholic Lady Vikes, on Thursday, October 22nd, was the 399th, at the helm of the Bobcats’ for head coach for Coach Shari Campbell, who is in her 22nd year.

As a program, the Lady Cats have over 500 victories. (We are working on records and needing to fill in some gaps from way back, but it appears as though that milestone, was reached in 2018 or 2019.) The 1990, 91 and 92 Lady Cats Volleyball Teams each captured championships in the old Clarion County League.

(Nate Girvan image) 2020 KSAC Champs – Front (L-R) Adia Needham and Noel Anthony. Back (L-R) Manager Aiden Quinn, Erica Selfridge, Grace Ochs, Ava Kiser, Payton Simko, Korrin Burns, Jordan Best, Taylor Alston, Brenna Campbell, Aryana Girvan, Brianna Pierce.

Jordan Best and Brenna Campbell paced Clarion, with Jordan scoring 19 points (4 aces), handing out 2 assist and delivering four digs, and Brenna scoring 17 points (5 aces), to go along with 25 assists and three digs.

Grace Ochs had 9 points (4 aces) and a dig. Erica Selfridge registered 3 points (1 ace), 6 kills and a pair of digs. Aryana Girvan had 10 kills and three digs. Korrin Burns recorded 14 kills, 4 digs and an ace. Brianne Pierce scored 3 points and had three digs.

Payton Simko scored 2 points (1 ace), to go along with 4 kills and two digs. Noel Anthony had 4 assists, 1 point and a dig.

The Clarion Area Junior Varsity won their match in straight sets (25-14, 25-19).

Grace Ochs recorded 8 points (2 aces), 5 kills and five digs. Bailey Rupert had 6 points (5 aces), 3 kills and a dig. Gia Babington scored 5 points (2 aces), to go along with 5 kills and a dig.

Brianne Pierce had 4 points (2 aces) 4 digs and an assist. Taylor Alston had 14 assists, 3 points (2 aces) and one dig. Lauren and Alexis Sobalvarro had two digs and one dig respectively.

The Lady Cats, the top ranked Class-A team in the state by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association (PVCA), will now enter the District Nine Playoffs.

(Thanks to Nate Girvan for the image. Congratulations on continuing the Legacy, Lady Cats!!!!)