Youngsville's girls volleyball team fed off an energetic crowd on its way to a 3-0 sweep over cross-county rival Eisenhower Thursday at Youngsville High School.
"This is the most energetic crowd I've seen here in the last couple of years," said Youngsville coach Terry Schrader.
"It was an emotional atmosphere and we tried to get some momentum (to calm it down)," said Eisenhower coach Tom Firth. "I don't want to take anything away from Youngsville, they played well. It was their night."
Times Observer photo by Brian Hagberg
Youngsville fans get pumped up prior to the start of the girls volleyball game against Eisenhower Thursday at Youngsville High School.
The Eagles (3-5) avenged a 3-1 season-opening loss at Eisenhower (4-6) with the win. In the loss, the Eagles committed 22 service errors. On Thursday, they were able to reduce that number to just three.
"Last season, serving was our Achilles heel," Schrader said. "We've worked hard (since that first game) and brought our serve percentage up to the high 90s."
Youngsville was able to jump out to a 4-1 lead to start game one. Eisenhower rallied to tie the game at 6-6, but the Eagles went on a 9-3 run to regain a 15-9 advantage. The Knights tried to mount a comeback, but Youngsville was able to come away with a 25-14 win.
The Eagles raced out to an early 10-3 lead in game two. This time the Eagles wouldn't let the Knights get any closer than six points as Youngsville took the game with a 25-15 victory.
"The girls were composed and played focused," Schrader said. "When they play that way, they're tough to beat."
Eisenhower battled to avoid the sweep in game three. Both teams would trade points, and neither team had managed to build more than a two point lead when Youngsville took a timeout trailing 13-11. The timeout would prove to be crucial as the Knights looked poised to go on a big run after a long volley; which saw both teams fight to keep the ball off the floor and somehow get the ball over the net after what looked like a sure point, which gave Eisenhower the two point lead.
Youngsville came out of the timeout and promptly went on an 8-1 run to build a 19-14 advantage. The Eagles only allowed two more points on their way to a 25-16 win and a sweep over their biggest rival.
"This was a complete team effort," Schrader said. "The last three games have been that way, hopefully we've turned a corner and can keep this going."
Savanna Schoedel led the Eagles with 14 kills and 18 digs. Amber Fox added 31 assists, while Arielle Clark (12) and Judi Lewis (8) combined for 20 service points. Julie Jameson chipped in with ten digs and Schrader had high praise for all three of his freshmen starters.
"The freshmen are really playing with composure and stepping up," Schrader said. "Kennedy Cratty is strong at the net and Aubrey Hendrickson and Julie are playing well defensively."
Courtney Flynn and Lexi Dalrymple both had four kills for the Knights, with Dalrymple adding four blocks. Alyssa Peterson and Marion Sherer each added two blocks.
Schrader said that he wanted to give a special thank you to the members of the Youngsville football team that came out in support of his team, adding that "now it's our turn to go cheer them on."
Youngsville won the JV game 23-25, 25-18 and 15-7, pushing its record to 5-2. Piper Olson had nine points.
Warren 3, Oil City 1
This one was a good example of how much the Lady Dragons have improved this season. Earlier in the season, Warren lost to Oil City. This time, they came from behind for a 23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17 win.
"I think just the experience that we've had," said Warren coach Mike Dolan. "We especially played tough at the net. This time we were able to put up a little bit of a block."
Valerie Latimer had 10 kills, six aces, and two blocks.
Dolan said Latimer plays middle hitter and the Dragons did a better job on Thursday and have done a better job getting her the ball. Rachel Lasecki had eight kills, and Nerissa McIntyre added five more.
Allie Sedon had three blocks for Warren, which is 4-4 overall and 4-3 in Region 3. Teah Bines contributed 17 assists.
In a 19-25, 19-25 junior varsity loss for Warren, Bailey Dilks had nine assists and two kills, Rachel Lobdell five aces, and Meghan Loutzenhiser three kills.
Johnsonburg 3, Sheffield 1
JOHNSONBURG - Sheffield battled, but couldn't overcome some costly mistakes, falling to Johnsonburg, 25-14, 25-10, 21-25 and 25-20.
"In the first game we just made too many mental errors," said Sheffield coach Scott Olson. "We didn't serve well, we just seemed off."
Olson added that his team played better in game two, but that the Rams were able to go on a big run of eight or nine points that was the difference in the game.
The Wolverines (0-10) took the lead early in game three, and held on for their only win of the match. Olson said that there were "one or two little things that went against us" in game four which led to the five point loss.
Juli Ely led the Wolverines with eight kills and eight blocks. Brandy Rockwell had five kills while Hannah Vile added 15 assists. Justine Barr chipped in with 13 digs.
Even in the loss, Olson said that he liked what he saw from his team.
"Every girl played well tonight," Olson said. "It was one of those nights where we didn't have any standouts, but I could list off four or five strong plays from every player. That's what we want to have."
Johnsonburg won the JV contest 25-15 and 25-18. Morgan Leichtenberger had four points for Sheffield.