Eisenhower swept Rocky Grove and picked up its first win of the season Tuesday night at Eisenhower High School.
"It was a very good feeling to have them working together as a team, communicating. I'm happy with the way they played," said Eisenhower coach Tina Edwards, whose Lady Knights are 1-9 overall.
The first game turned into a nailbiter, despite a 24-11 Eisenhower lead. With the Lady Knights looking for the finishing blow, some lapses in what was otherwise good communication allowed Rocky Grove to score ten unanswered points before Eisenhower ended the first game 25-21.
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Serving up points
Marion Sherer serves against Rocky Grove during Eisenhower's first win of the season Tuesday night at home. Sherer's serving earned her 29 points and eight aces in addition to her five kills and 10 digs.
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Setting it up
Youngsville’s Julie Jameson sets it up during a high school volleyball match on Tuesday against Union City at Youngsville High School.
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Meet in the middle
Whitney Poindexter (7) spikes one over the net while a Meadville Cavalry Baptist player goes for the block during a New Penn Christian Conference varsity volleyball match Tuesday at Warren County Christian School. WCCS defeated Meadville Cavalry in three sets, 25-7, 25-16, and 26-24.
Games two and three were both tight to start with the lead bouncing back and forth between the two teams. Eisenhower pulled ahead in game two 18-9, thanks to strong serving from senior Marion Sherer, who finished the night with 29 service points. Once Rocky Grove (2-8) got the ball back, however, they put in a solid effort to win the game, putting themselves within one to bring the score to 18-17. Eisenhower brought the game back into their control and won 25-20 before finishing the sweep 25-15 in game three.
"Marion Sherer played an amazing game tonight," Edwards said. "She obviously, by the points and kills, had a really good game in our first win."
In addition to her service points, Sherer tallied eight aces, five kills and 10 digs. Jenna Jordan had two aces, 12 assists and 15 points. Holly Chapman added six kills and eight points.
Eisenhower's J.V. team also swept Rocky Grove, 25-23 and 25-19. Kristen Wagner had 10 points, two aces and seven digs. Madi Hultman had 17 points, two aces and two digs. Katia Ordonez added four points, two aces and two digs, while Amanda Dallas had five points and two kills.
Next up for Eisenhower is a road trip to Cambridge Springs, a team the Lady Knights need to work on solidifying communication to defeat.
"That's always our biggest downfall," Edwards said. "A team gets a couple points on us and the girls start getting down on themselves. They just forget to keep communicating with each other. We played them very tough the first time. If they work well together on the court, we've seen great results."
WCCS 3, Meadville Calvary 0
The Warren County Christian Lady Lions won their 28th-straight league game dating back to last season in dominant fashion Tuesday afternoon, defeating Meadville Cavalry Baptist in three sets, 25-7, 25-16, and 26-24. The Lions are now 12-0 in the 2013 season.
"For the most part I was happy with how they played," said WCCS coach Monica Kerr. "I don't know if they were tired from playing back-to-back games, but we were a little sloppy in the third set and Meadville took advantage. (Meadville) stepped it up tonight."
Whitney Poindexter led the way offensively with 20 service points, nine aces, two kills, and one block for the Lady Lions. Kaitlin Weidner had 13 service points, six aces, 13 assists, and two kills, Alyssa Kerr had five service points, nine kills, and an ace, and Jessica Lauffenburger and Dymphee Zortman had four and three kills, respectively.
WCCS also swept the junior varsity game, 25-11, 25-17, and 25-14. Hunter Uplinger had 11 service points and six aces, Rachel Brenner had eight service points and two aces, and Allison Weidner and Emily Stowe each added two kills.
The Lady Lions will look to stay undefeated on Thursday, when they visit Christian Life Academy.
Conneaut 3, Warren 0
Warren's three-game win streak came to an end at the hands of state-ranked Conneaut on Tuesday afternoon, as the Lady Dragons were defeated in three sets, 18-25, 9-25, and 14-25 at Warren Area High School.
"Conneaut is a very good team, first place in our region, said Warren coach Mike Dolan. "We started out the match playing pretty well, controlling the ball and taking nice swings but they wore us down with their relentless attack and defense. Bailey Dilks had some nice digs and when we got a good set up for Rachel Lasecki she finished nicely. We also served pretty well and other than part of the second game, the passing was pretty good, so we can take some positives from this one."
Lasecki posted nine kills for the Lady Dragons, Valerie Latimer had seven kills and four digs, Ashley Barker had four kills, Teah Bines had 14 assists, Dilks had nine digs, McKenzie Merenick had six digs, and Nerissa McIntyre had five digs.
Warren's junior varsity team came back from a loss in the first set to defeat the Eagles 24-26, 25-23, and 15-13. Tori Paris had five kills and four digs, Megan Wortman had four kills and three aces, Jennifer Daugharthy had five kills, Haley Tuller had three kills, Kaitlin Sedon had seven digs, 10 assists, and three aces, Maddie Loutzenhiser had six assists, two digs, and a block, Haley Nelson had four digs, Alexis Munksgard had three digs, and Lizzy Marsh had four blocks.
The Lady Dragons will be back in action Wednesday night at Cranberry in a non-region match.
Union City 3, Youngsville 1
Youngsville battled injuries, coming up on the short end of a 23-25, 17-25, 25-19, 16-25 Region 2 match to Union City.
At 23-23, there was an injury at the end of the first game, forcing a shake-up in the Eagles' lineup and the Eagles actually had to finish the first game one player short.
"I'm proud of them because they could have folded," said Youngsville coach Bev Fox. "The second game was rough, but the third game they came out to beat them.
"It's not the best match we've played all year, but they don't quit and they keep fighting and trying," said Fox.
Judi Lewis had 23 digs, four kills and two assists, Emily McChesney seven kills, Aubree Hendrickson 12 digs, 12 service points and 22 assists; Julie Jameson 18 digs, five kills and two blocks, Karissa Cratty 23 digs, nine kills and four blocks, and Kennedy Cratty 11 digs in less than one game.
In a 14-25, 15-25 junior varsity loss, Alli Ishman had 11 digs and three kills, Madison Fehlman 14 digs, and Ellysa Horn 17 digs.