Youngsville's volleyball team won its second match in as many nights by taking down region foe Rocky Grove in three sets, 25-18, 25-14, 25-21, on Tuesday night at Youngsville High School.
The two teams traded points in the early going, before the Orioles climbed out to a 14-10 lead. The Eagles responded by winning 15 out of the last 19 points to take the first set.
The second set unfolded in similar fashion, with the Eagles (3-2) finishing on a 16-5 run after being tied at nine points apiece.
Times Observer photo by Kiley Fischer
Eisenhower volleyball players, from left, Marion Sherer, Ashley Barnett, Jenna Jordan, Cassidy Edwards and Holly Chapman celebrate after a point. Despite a strong start to the third set, Eisenhower went on to lose 3-0 to Cambridge Springs at Eisenhower High School Tuesday night. See page B-4.
Rocky Grove tried to climb back into the match with a run in the third set, closing to within one point at 18-17, but the Eagles won six straight points to regain control and take the match.
Judi Lewis had 14 service points for the Eagles, along with an ace and nine digs. Kennedy Cratty finished with nine service points, 13 digs, six kills and two blocks, and her sister Karissa had 19 digs, four kills and two blocks. Aubree Hendrickson added 21 assists and Karrie Baker contributed 14 digs.
"I was really nervous that we'd have a letdown after yesterdays match at Sheffield," Eagles coach Bev Fox said. "There was some sloppiness - our service game wasn't the greatest at the beginning - but we got better. We've got a big game against Maplewood on Thursday."
Youngsville's junior varsity team also won its match, 25-23, 25-11. Baker had 24 service points and 11 aces, Ali Ishman finished with nine service points and two aces, and Katrina Salsgiver added 19 digs.
WCCS 3, Erie Bethel 0
ERIE - Warren County Christian School is 6-0 - and 5-0 in the New Penn Christian Conference -after a 25-7, 25-6, 25-16 win over Erie Bethel.
"We're really trying to gear up for the tournament in Sheffield next weekend, practicing more control of the ball," said WCCS coach Monica Kerr.
Allyssa Kerr had 13 service points, six aces and 12 kills; Kaitlin Weidner 10 kills and 19 assists; Whitney Poindexter 12 points, three aces and three kills; Caitlin McCall three aces and four digs; Dymphee Zortman 12 points, three aces and two kills; Desirae Kerr 13 assists, and; Megan Cox four digs.
N. Clarion 3, TCCS 0
CLARION - Tidioute Charter was swept at North Clarion, 7-25, 19-25, 14-25.
Anna Lindemuth had three kills, three blocks and two aces for Tidioute (1-4), Robbi Kitelinger two kills and two assists, and Hanna Divido five digs.
In a 13-25, 17-25 junior varsity loss, Alexis Harlow had two kills for TCCS, Desi McChesney nine points and four aces, and Emalai Schaberl one kill, one block and one assist.
Elk County 3, Sheffield 0
ST. MARYS - Sheffield remains winless after a 11-25, 11-25, 12-25 loss at Elk County Catholic on Tuesday.
"We had a lot of nice digs from their hard hits, and played much better as a team, for sure," said Sheffield coach Traci Vile.
Kayla Curtis finished with four kills for Sheffield, and Maddie Fiscus three blocks.
Morgan Rossman had eight service points in a 18-25, 23-25 junior varsity loss.
Cambridge Springs 3, Eisenhower 0
The Lady Knights fell to Cambridge Springs 3-0 despite close sets and a strong push for a comeback at home Tuesday night.
Eisenhower started off the first set with points flying back and forth with the visiting Blue Devils before Cambridge Springs pulled out a 25-19 win. With the second set starting fairly even, a series of mis-hits from Eisenhower in the first half of the set provided Cambridge Springs with the go-ahead points to pull away from Eisenhower. Paired with strong hitting from Cambridge Springs, Eisenhower was unable to come back and lost the second set 25-14.
Despite the mishaps in the previous set, Eisenhower came out strong for the third set. Solid hitting kept the Knights ahead, but Cambridge Springs began to hack away at their deficit. The end of the set saw points exchanged one by one before Cambridge Springs closed just enough of the gap to sweep the Knights 25-21.
"These girls played fantastic," said Eisenhower coach Mandy Hitchcock. "They overcame a terrible game last Thursday when they played Rock Grove. They came back and I'm so very proud of them tonight for what they've done this week and how they played tonight. Cambridge Springs is a very tough team. They've got a lot of tall girls who obviously can do a lot of major hitting up front and blocking."
Eisenhower welcomes Union City on Thursday, a game Hitchcock hopes continues her team's work effort. "I don't think Union City's as tough on the net," Hitchcock said. "We beat them before, so I'm looking foward to maybe having a better game if we can play the way we did today."
Ashley Barnett led Eisenhower with 12 service points, seven digs and three aces with Holly Chapman adding another nine service points, three blocks, three kills and seven digs.
Cambridge Springs also swept Eisenhower JV 25-10 and 15-17. Amanda Dallas finished that game with nine service points.