Youngsville and Eisenhower battled through four tight sets on Tuesday night, but the Eagles prevailed behind a loud home crowd, defeating the Knights, 26-24, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, at Youngsville High School.
In the first set, the two teams traded points early, before Youngsville went on a big run to take a commanding lead. Still, the Lady Knights fought back, evening the score at 24-24 before losing the next two points to give the Eagles the first set.
The second set was nearly the complete opposite of the first, with Eisenhower leading much of the set before Youngsville rallied back to even the score at 23 points apiece. This time the Eagles won two consecutive points, evening the match at one set all.
Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
All over it
Warren County Christian School’s Alivia Kelsey prepares to return the serve of a Christian Life Academy opponent during a volleyball match Tuesday at WCCS.
The Knights and Eagles found themselves tied once again late in the third set before the Eagles rallied to win, 25-23. The Eagles grabbed an early lead in the fourth set and this time stayed out in front, winning 25-21 to grab the victory.
Kennedy Cratty had 14 service points and 28 digs for the Eagles. Jessie Jameson had 13 service points and 13 digs. Karissa Cratty had 30 digs and four blocks while Emily McChesney added seven kills.
"It was an awesome victory for us," Eagles coach Bev Fox said. "We trailed in every set and the girls stayed focused and intense the whole time."
Jenna Jordan finished with 22 service points and three aces for the Knights. Kelsey Repke had 14 service points and five kills while Marion Sherer added 11 service points and four kills.
Youngsville also prevailed in the JV matchup, 25-19, 25-8. Julie Jameson had 11 digs for the Eagles, while Elyssa Horn added 14 digs and Marissa Byler had 11 assists.
The Eagles (3-4) return to action when they host Cambridge Springs on Thursday. The Knights (2-5) will host Saegertown on Thursday.
Warren 3, Franklin 2
Warren is 2-3 overall after a hard-fought five-setter over Franklin on Tuesday at Warren Area High School.
The five-set win actually comes three days after Franklin defeated Warren in the playoffs of the Fort LeBoeuf Tournament.
"We felt like we kind of gave it away down there, losing a couple points in the end," said Warren coach Mike Dolan, whose Lady Dragons won 25-20, 21-25, 25-15, 23-25, 15-8. "They have a standout middle hitter that puts up some really nice blocks. We really had to take advantage of all our chances."
Warren played right with Franklin on Saturday, which had to help.
"I think they were both motivated and confident," said Dolan. "We felt like we owed them/ Last year, we have a couple marathon matches with them (including two 32-30 games)."
On Tuesday, Warren lost the fourth set, 23-25, before getting down early in the fifth.
"Ashley Barker served a bunch in a row and we regained some confidence," said Dolan, with Warren pulling away, 15-8, for the match.
Valerie Latimer finished with 12 kills and four aces; Rachel Lasecki had 11 kills and three blocks; Allie Morrison six kills; Teah Bines 25 assists, and; Brittany Merenick seven kills.
Mackenzie Merenick was a standout at libero - passing extremely well and serving and receiving well.
Tori Paris and Abbey Daley had two kills each in a 12-25, 18-25 junior varsity loss for Warren.
WCCS 3, CLA 0
Warren County Christian School is a perfect nine for nine on the 2012 season, improving to 9-0 with a quick 3-0 victory over Christian Life Academy Tuesday at WCCS.
The Lady Lions will try to make it 10 for 10 Friday when French Creek comes to town.
In Tuesday's 25-9, 25-12, 25-15 win, Allyssa Kerr led the winners with 28 service points and four kills. Kerr's service points total included nine aces. Dymphee Zortman added nine service points and eight kills and Kaitlin Weidner had five service points, four kills, two aces, one block and 18 assists.
Caitlin McCall contributed four service points, two aces and two digs and Alivia Kelsey finished with seven digs of her own.
The junior varsity team was a 2-1 winner, winning 25-16, 16-25, 15-6. Allison Weidner had eight service points, four kills and two digs, Hunter Uplinger had four kills and two service points and Desiree Kerr had eight service points and five assists.