Make it three in a row for the Lady Dragons.
Warren improved to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in Region 4 with a four-set win over Meadville on Thursday afternoon, avenging an early season loss to the Bulldogs. Warren and Meadville are now in a tie for third place in the region behind Corry (6-0, 5-0) and Conneaut (7-1, 5-1).
"It was nice to avenge the loss we took down at their place first region game of the year, but we still have a lot of work cut out for us if we want to make playoffs - this was a step in the right direction," said Dragons' coach Mike Dolan. "The fan support was also tremendous tonight."
Times Observer photo by Ben Oviatt
Warren’s Valerie Latimer (19) and Rachel Lasecki (12) go for a block during the Lady Dragons’ four-set win over Meadville Thursday at Warren Area High School. Warren is now 7-3 overall and 4-3 in Region 4.
Meadville came out ready to take a win on Warren's home court, winning the first set, 25-18. The Dragons regrouped and controlled the second set from start to finish, tying the match with a 25-14 win. The next two games went back in forth with Warren prevailing by scores of 25-21 and 25-17.
Valerie Latimer had 11 kills, four digs, and a block for the Lady Dragons, Paige Wilson had 11 kills and two blocks, Rachel Lasecki had seven kills, Teah Bines had 24 assists, four aces, and 10 digs, McKenzie Merenick had 13 digs, Bailey Dilks had six digs, Nerissa McIntyre seven digs, Allie Morrison six kills, Ashley Barker two kills, two assists, and four digs, and MacKenzie Rehe had three digs.
"It was a total team effort. The entire team refocused after that first game where we dug a deep hole for ourselves," added Dolan. "Our back line of Nerissa McIntyre, MacKenzie Rehe, Bailey Dilks, and McKenzie Merenick stepped up when we needed it by making quality passes and playing tough defense, controlling the ball allowing us to get the ball to our middles Paige Wilson and Valerie Latimer who had great hitting nights."
The Youngsville game story will be published in Saturday's Times Observer print edition.
"The rest of the front line - Ashley Barker, Rachel Lasecki, and Allie Morrison - also played aggressively at the net, took nice swings and had a persistent block up all night. Teah also had a great game setting the ball and running the offense."
Warren lost the junior varsity contest in three sets, 23-25, 25-19, and 11-15. Jennifer Daugharthy had seven kills, Lizzy Marsh had three kills and a block, Kaitlin Sedon had seven assists, four digs, and two kills, and Maddie Loutzenhiser had eight assists and four digs.
The Lady Dragons will be back in action next Tuesday, when they host Conneaut at Warren Area High School.
WCCS 3, French Creek 0
Warren County Christian School (WCCS) jumped to 9-0 on the season with the Lions' 25th straight win over two seasons and eighth sweep in a row against French Creek on Thursday night.
French Creek witnessed the strong hitting and solid serving efforts of the Lady Lions first hand in the second set. WCCS was relentless, defeating French Creek 25-3. Allyssa Kerr and Whitney Poindexter's presence up front, as well as the team effort in serving, kept the Lions ahead without letting up.
The first set saw WCCS up 22-9 before French Creek rallied for five unanswered points. Those weren't enough to upset the reigning New Penn Christian Conference champions who went on to finish the set 25-15. Both teams started well in the third set trading points before WCCS pulled ahead to round out the night with another 25-15 win.
Avoiding complacency at this point in the season is a must for the Lady Lions. "We just keep encouraging them to stay together and stick together as a team," said WCCS coach Monica Kerr. "They need to hold each other accountable and hold each other up and not let each other get down. Sometimes that the biggest fight is not letting them get lazy."
WCCS was anything but lazy Thursday night. Allyssa Kerr and Poindexter earned seven aces each, Caitlin McCall added three more and Hunter Uplinger had two. Service points came from Poindexter with 14 , Kerr with 13, McCall with 11, Jessica Lauffenburger earned six, Uplinger had five and Kaitlin Weidner with four. Kerr had nine kills, Lauffenburger and Weidner had four each, Poindexter had three and Desirae Kerr and Uplinger had one a piece. Two digs were awarded to Poindexter while Allyssa Kerr, Lauffenburger, McCall and Kate Erdman each had one. Desirae Kerr led the team with four assists, Weidner had two and Allyssa Kerr and Erdman each had one.
The Lady Lions look to bring their winning streak to 26 straight games on the road at Jamestown on Friday.
Johnsonburg 3, Sheffield 0
JOHNSONBURG - Sheffield dropped a match at Johnsonburg, 18-25, 24-26 and 14-25, on Thursday.
Maddie Fiscus had five blocks, Brandi Rockwell two blocks and three kills, Marlea Sprandle and Anna Baldensperger three kills each for Sheffield, which led Game 2, 18-8.
Julia Vile had six service points in a 20-25, 18-25 junior varsity loss.
Maplewood 3, Eisenhower 0
Eisenhower hosted one of the top four teams in a very tough Region 2 on Tuesday, falling 7-25, 16-25, 10-25.
"We're not winning games against these kinds of schools," said Eisenhower coach Tina Edwards, whose Knights are 0-8 in a region with state-caliber teams. "This isn't gratifying."
Edwards is an outspoken proponent of an Eisenhower High School switch from District 10 to District 9 for competitive reasons.
Despite the loss, she said Mallory Trumbull had some nice blocks, and Niki Ewer had several strong digs.
Maddie Hultman had five service points and two kills in an 11-25, 5-25 junior varsity loss.
Ike hosts Rocky Grove on Tuesday.
Cochranton 3, Youngsville 0
Even in a 22-25, 8-25, 20-25 loss to undefeated Cochranton at Youngsville High School, Eagles coach Bev Fox called it "the best defense we've played all year."
"Everybody was all over the place," said Fox, whose Eagles are 2-6 in Region 2. "My middles played great. I'm proud of them. We really played well tonight."
Judi Lewis had 17 digs, Kennedy Cratty 27 digs, three kills and four blocks, Aubree Hendrickson 24 digs and 10 assists, Julie Jameson 18 digs and five kills, and Karissa Cratty 25 digs, two blocks and two kills.
In a 7-25, 13-25 jjunor varsity loss, Ellie First had three kills, Karrie Baker 11 digs, and Catrina Salsgiver and Ellyssa Horn nine digs each.