Eisenhower's girls volleyball team is starting to find its rhythm after a rough start to the season. The Knights picked up their second win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Forest Area Tuesday at Eisenhower High School.
"It was nice to see all the blocks and kills," said Eisenhower coach Tom Firth. "All the girls were hitting the ball well."
Marion Sherer, who started a varsity game for the first time, got things going off the bat for Eisenhower (2-4) as she served six straight points to start the match. The Knights used that early momentum to race out to a 13-4 lead in game one. The Fires were unable to mount any kind of comeback as Eisenhower took game one 25-12.
Times Observer photo by Brian Hagberg
Eisenhower's Alyssa Peterson blocks an East Forest shot for a point during their volleyball match Tuesday at Eisenhower High School. The Knights defeated the Fires, 3-0.
Times Observer photo by Brian Hagberg
"Marion did a nice job (in her first start)," Firth said. "Our serving was pretty good tonight."
The Knights dominated game two en route to a 25-8 win.
The teams would trade points early in game three before Lexi Dalrymple got the serve with Eisenhower leading 16-13. Dalrymple served seven straight points to give the Knights a 23-14 lead. Eisenhower didn't allow Forest Area to score another point, taking the game 25-14, and earning a sweep for the match.
"Kyla Weber, Sherer and Dalrymple all served really well tonight," Firth said.
Firth added that the Knights scored 21 points off of Weber's serves.
Sherer had four aces for the match, while Courtney Flynn led the Knights with eight kills.
"Flynn showed that she can pound the ball," Firth said. "But it all starts with the first pass. If we can get (the first pass) up, we can set things up."
Dalrymple and Alyssa Peterson each had three kills and three blocks and Jessica Bird added five digs.
Eisenhower won the JV contest 25-10, 21-25 and 25-7. The Knights scored 27 points off of Ashley Barnett's serves, including 13 straight in the opening game.
Youngsville 3, Rocky Grove 1
ROCKY GROVE - Youngsville still has room for improvement, but was good enough for its first victory on Thursday - a 3-1 win over Rocky Grove.
The Eagles (1-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead with wins of 25-17 and 25-9, dropped game three 22-25 and sealed the win with a 25-12 victory in game four.
"Our serving still needs work," said Eagles coach Terry Schrader. "We're missing fewer serves than we were at the beginning of the season, but we're still missing some crucial ones in close games like game three tonight. Tonight, we did a good enough job and passed well enough to stay in control for most of the match."
Abby McLaughlin led the Eagles with 11 kills and teammate Arielle Clark finished with 10 kills.
Amber Fox added 29 assists and Julie Jameson had 11 digs for Youngsville which returns to action Thursday at home against Oil City.
The Eagles' junior varsity team was a 25-16, 25-22 winner. Kailey Geise and Jameson had six service points each for the winners.
Titusville 3, Warren 0
TITUSVILLE - "We did play better each game," said Warren coach Mike Dolan of his Dragons' 16-25, 18-25, 20-25 loss on Tuesday.
"We got down in the first game and kind of made a comeback. They kind of did the same thing in the second game," said Dolan.
Valerie Latimer had five blocks and two aces, Rachel Hasselman 14 digs, and Teah Bines six assists for Warren (1-3).
"They're playing the game the right way," said Dolan. "We're just not putting the ball away as much as a polished team like Titusville is right now."
Bailey Dilks had eight assists in a 16-25, 20-25 junior varsity loss.
Elk County Catholic 3, Sheffield 0
SAINT MARYS - Elk County Catholic swept past Sheffield Tuesday with a 25-7, 25-14, 25-11 victory at Elk County Catholic High School.
Brandy Rockwell had three kills, three assists and six digs, Julie Ely added seven points and three blocks, Hannah Vile ended with three points and eight assists and Justine Barr contributed three kills and 10 digs.
Sheffield's junior varsity team lost in three, 17-25, 28-26, 7-15.
The Wolverines have three days off before hosting their annual tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday. County schools Eisenhower and Youngsville are also scheduled to participate.