OPPENHEIM - In both of Remsen's wins this year, the Lady Rams needed five games to secure the win.
On Wednesday night at Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School, St. Johnsville/Oppenheim-Ephratah wasn't about to see them go 3-for-3.
St. JOE defeated Remsen in five games, 26-28, 25-22, 20-25, 27-25, and 25-13 using Sam Rackmyre's four point service run and Ashleigh Bobo's six point service run in the fifth game to pull away for the win.
St. Johnsville/Oppenheim-Ephratah’s Rose Helmer (6) hits a kill past Remsen’s Molly Carlson (19) during Wednesday’s league game at Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School. St. Johnsville/Oppenheim-Ephratah won in five sets. (The Leader-Herald/Erich Neuhaus)
Both teams were evenly matched as seen through the first four games trading points and trading rallies, with two games going into extra scores to win.
The fifth game, though, couldn't have been anything but the opposite.
With St. JOE holding a 7-6 lead, Rackmyre made her run to pull ahead 11-7. After Loveric's serve hit the net from Remsen, it was Bobo's turn to go on her service run, enabling St. JOE to pull ahead 18-8. Unlike the previous games where each team made rallies to keep the game close, St. JOE went for the kill as Tatiauna Hayner served up an ace at 22-9 and Rackmyre had a kill at 23-10 before Rose Helmer's kill won the game.
"We came back on them hard twice in the fourth [game], if we would've won that [game] it would've been all over, but [St. JOE] played hard in the fifth game. They just wanted it more," Remsen coach Jared Williams said.
In that fourth game, St. JOE held an early 12-4 lead, but a five-point service run by Courtney Scofield cut the eight point lead to four at 13-9. The Lady Rams rallied again at 24-21, tying the game at 25 when Rayne Paddock had three service points and a kill before Rackmyre's serve for St. JOE was barely out. The hosts escaped, though, forcing a game five by breaking Loveric's serve and when Julie Will's kill attempt hit the net.
During the fourth and fifth game, St. JOE's offense moved the ball well and also looked to go through Kristen Lansburgh, as Helmer and Bobo fed her the ball for kills. The winger Lansburgh finished with 10 kills while Helmer had six assists and Bobo had seven.
"We're trying to go to everybody," St. JOE coach Brittany Tomek said. "But Kristen has a hard hit, and we go to her because she's consistent and we look to her to get the team up and get them going and that's what happens when she get the kills and everything else comes into place."
Remsen won the first two of three games and was able to get out to a 23-13 lead in game three.
St. JOE came back to make things interesting, though, with a six point service run by Lansburgh to close the game at 24-19.
Although the hosts lost the game, they showed flashes of what they were capable of that carried over to the rest of the match, by moving the ball better for three-hit kills and not committing any unforced errors.
"Teamwork, communication and movement," Tomek said about what she liked out of her team's play. "Their movement was on key tonight."
The Lady Rams were led by senior Molly Carlson, who had 21 assists on the night along with two kills. Loveric posted 18 digs on defense along with four kills, highlighted by her kill to tie the game at six in the second game. Remsen dropped to 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the league.
Would've been nice to get a win on the road, but we'll see them again at home this year," Williams said.
St. JOE improved to 3-5 overall and is home to Dolgeville on Friday at 7 p.m.