ERIE - Warren County Christian School's volleyball team is 6-0 after a tense, marathon match victory over Erie First Christian on Tuesday.
WCCS alternated wins and losses during the match, winning game one 25-21, dropping game two 23-25, taking game three 25-23, losing game four 25-27 and winning the deciding fifth set, 15-10.
Allyssa Kerr had a strong night for the Lady Lions, finishing with 16 service points, eight aces, six kills and two blocks. Teammate Kaitlin Weidner added 14 service points, seven kills, two blocks and 30 assists and Jessica Lauffenburger chipped in seven service points, eight kills and three aces.
Times Observer photo by Jonathan McAfoos
Warren’s Brittni Merenick (15) and Valerie Latimer (19) leap in front of the net while attempting to block a Meadville spike during a Tuesday high school volleyball match at Warren Area High School. The Dragons fell in their home opener in straight sets.
Also contributing for the winners were Dymphee Zortman with 10 kills, eight service points and a block, Caitlin McCall with nine service points, Whitney Poindexter with four service points, nine kills and two blocks and Alivia Kelsey with 10 digs.
Erie First won the junior varsity contest, 6-25, 25-19, 15-13.
The Lady Lions will try to stay unbeaten Tuesday when they visit Tidioute Charter.
Cochranton 3, Youngsville 0
Cochranton is a perennial playoff power and showed why during its 3-0 victory over Youngsville Tuesday at Youngsville High School.
"Cochranton is a very good team and they didn't let up," said Youngsville coach Bev Fox. "They capitalized on every one of our mistakes. Our service game really let us down tonight."
The Cardinals were runaway winners in every game, winning 25-7, 25-10 and 25-9.
Kennedy Cratty had five digs for the Eagles, Abbey McLaughlin added four kills and Aubree Hendrickson finished with four assists.
Youngsville's junior varsity team was a 2-0 winner. No other details were available.
The Eagles (1-1) return to action Thursday, hosting Union City. Junior varsity action will start at 6:30 p.m. and varsity will follow at 7:30 p.m.
Meadville 3, Warren 0
Warren wasn't able to overcome a tough Meadville squad in its home and region opener, falling to the Bulldogs in straight sets, 12-25, 22-25, 15-25, Tuesday at Warren Area High School.
The Dragons nearly rallied from behind to capture the second set, but fell just short in the end.
"We see where we have to be, but we're not there yet," said Warren coach Mike Dolan. "We have to control the ball better."
Freshman Paige Wilson had four blocks and Rachel Lasecki had five kills for Warren (1-1 overall and 0-1 in Region 4). Teah Bines added 10 assists and two aces.
The Dragons junior varsity team fell, 16-25, 17-25.
Warren will try to rebound when it takes on Conneaut Lake at home on Thursday in its second straight region match.
TCCS 3, Erie Bethel 2
Tidioute Charter won its first game of the season on Tuesday, 25-20, 22-25, 25-16, 13-25, 15-13, in a tough five-setter over visiting Erie Bethel.
"They played well, just the last two games we struggled with inconsistency and talking," said TCCS coach Margie Manning, whose Lady Bulldogs are 1-2. "I think it's just we're so new and we're so young... it's based on experience. These girls will be playing together for many years."
Anna Lindemuth had seven kills, three blocks and six aces; Morgan Molek four aces and five assists with outstanding net play as setter, and; Tanya Krouse four aces and two kills for Tidioute.
The J.V. Bulldogs lost, 22-25 and 21-25, in two close games. Casey Byres and Peyton Hittie had seven service points and two aces each.
Maplewood 3, Eisenhower 0
Eisenhower is 0-2 after falling to its second straight District 10 elite team in Maplewood, which advanced to the D-10 Class A final in 2011.
Kelsey Repke had five service points, six blocks and one kill for Ike, which fell 15-25, 7-25, 5-25. Jenna Jordan "did a real good job for us in her first game as setter," said Ike coach Tina Edwards,
Mallory Trumbull had "a nice service night," said Edwards, in a 9-25, 16-25 junior varsity loss.
Saint Marys 3, Sheffield 1
Sheffield dropped to 0-3 on the season after a 3-1 loss to Saint Marys Tuesday at Sheffield Area High School.
The Lady Wolverines opened the night with a 25-20 victory before losing three straight sets, 20-25, 17-25 and 21-25.
"Honestly, it was a complete team effort tonight," said Sheffield coach Traci Vile. "In that first game especially, the girls played well as a team and showed that they are really starting to gel together."
The Wolverines junior varsity team was defeated in two games, 25-14, 25-17.
The club plays Kane at home on Thursday.