SHAWNEE – Ashley Kasterke had a banner day and the Shawnee volleyball team swept Choctaw 25-13, 25-16, 15-18 to improve to 8-4 on the season in their first game of the year at the PAAC Monday night.
Kasterke gave the Lady Wolves several sparks throughout the night and finished with nine kills and five aces.
“That was probably the best Ashley has played all season,” coach Kaitlyn Lucy said. “She has bought in fully and that was the most error-free she has been. She stayed aggressive in the back row, in the front row and I'm very proud of her.”
Leading 8-4 in the first game, Shawnee went on a 5-0 rally that included an ace from Brooklyn Fluke and was capped off on a kill and block by Katelynn Wissman to go ahead 13-4.
With a 6-3 advantage in game two, the Lady Wolves allowed three consecutive points to allow Choctaw to tie but countered with three of their own capped on a block by Wissman to retake the lead. With a 17-15 advantage, Kasterke had two aces and a kill en route to an 8-1 rally to complete the set.
Choctaw was never much of a threat in the third set.
Lucy said that unlike she saw last week against Christian Heritage, the girls played well as a team and stayed free of most errors to get the home win Monday.
“I felt like we played together the entire game because that's a big step for them, building as a team,” she said.
Regan Wagner and Fluke each had six kills, Maddy Hudgins five and Wissman six. Olivia Barlean finished with nine digs and Shyra Crowley and Wissman each had two solo blocks while Crowley also had one assist.
The bench was a big contributor in the win as several of the non-starters had one of their best games yet.
“Overall I'm very proud of all of our girls,” Lucy said.
Shawnee will travel to Newcastle today at 6:30.