Lady Dragons roll to sweep over Franklin

Warren started slow against Franklin in Tuesday’s Region 4 volleyball match, but was able to recover and swept the Lady Knights in three games in front of the home crowd at Warren Area Elementary Center.

The Lady Dragons trailed in Game 1 before rattling off four straight points to tie the set, 19-19. A Franklin timeout did little to stop the momentum as Warren went on to take a 25-19 win. The Lady Dragons started a little faster in Game 2 and won 25-15, then finished off the sweep with a 25-13 win in Game 3.

With the win, Warren improves to 4-2 in region play. The Lady Knights are still searching for their first win of the year.

“We didn’t really start off very strong, but I think we started clicking once we got focused,” said Warren coach Mike Dolan. “We did a nice job blocking, and once we got the ball up to our hitters our offense was pretty solid.”

Lydia Latimer had a big game at the net to lead the Lady Dragons, racking up 11 kills and three blocks. Ellie Lobdell had 16 assists and three kills, Celia Chase finished with seven kills and Megan Wortman added four kills. Alexis Nyquist chipped in nine assists while Hunter Uplinger and Haley Nelson both finished with five digs.

Up next for Warren is an important region match Thursday at Conneaut. Warren, Conneaut and Titusville were all tied for third place in the Region 4 standings heading into Tuesday’s games. Corry (5-0) and Meadville (4-1) currently occupy the top two spots.

The Lady Dragons also swept the junior varsity match against Franklin, 25-16 and 25-10. Grace Wortman finished with four kills to go along with three aces and one block, Julia Lobdell had five aces and five digs, and Kadee Merenick added three kills and a pair of aces.

RIDGWAY 3, SHEFFIELD 2

RIDGWAY – Sheffield battled Ridgway to a deciding fifth set but fell just short of the season’s first win on Tuesday.

The Lady Wolverines dropped the opening game in a 25-27 nail biter before storming back to take the second game 25-9. Game three was a 15-25 loss and Sheffield tied the match with a 25-23 win in the fourth, but fell in the fifth by a score of 8-15.

“Inconsistency just killed us,” said Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay.

“When they’re hot they’re hot, but when they get down they go flat and the energy level wanes a little. It can turn in a second. The girls never quit, it just didn’t go our way tonight.”

The Lady Wolverines are now 0-6 in official matches this year despite having several big wins in tournament play.

Rachel Lemay and Mya Grubbs had big games to lead Sheffield against Ridgway – Lemay finished with 15 service points, 14 assists and 10 kills while Grubbs had 23 assists and seven kills. Claire Pierson added 10 kills, Lexi Lyon had nine kills and four blocks, and Laurel Connolly had four kills and one block.

Taya Bailey had a strong defensive game with 17 digs to go along with 15 service points.

The Lady Wolverines will be back on the road Thursday at Brockway, the team they beat in the finals of their own tournament this past weekend.

“I keep telling them there’s no more dangerous team than one you’ve already beat,” Lemay said. “We can’t get overconfident.”

Sheffield’s JV team lost in two games, 14-25 and 12-25. Selena Foster had six service points, Callen Copley had five service points and three assists, and Jasmine Vera finished with four kills.

MAPLEWOOD 3, YOUNGSVILLE 0

GUYS MILLS – The Lady Eagles were swept by Region 3 leader Maplewood on Tuesday 6-25, 8-25 and 9-25.

Maplewood is now 7-0 in league play and has only lost a total of two sets this season. The Lady Tigers are currently the No. 5 ranked Class 1A team in the state by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association while Crawford County rival Cochranton comes in at No. 7.

The loss drops Youngsville’s record to 1-6.

“I definitely think they’re getting a look at what it takes to compete at that level,” said Youngsville coach Barb Lutton. “They held their own. Alison Ishman recently moved to a different defensive position and she received most of their serves. They’re definitely a very respectable team, but I’m proud of how we did.”

Ishman had three digs at her new spot while teammate Jada Rounds finished with three blocks and one kill. Lydia Clark and Alyssa Molek had six and four service points, respectively.

Youngsville’s JV team was swept 6-25 and 3-25. Rebekah Hogg had three digs and a pair of service points, Mallory Sherrard had two digs and Alexa Morgan had one kill.

The Lady Eagles are at home Thursday against Saegertown.

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SAEGERTOWN 3, EISENHOWER 1

SAEGERTOWN Eisenhower went on the road to Saegertown and battled hard before falling in four sets (24-26, 23-25, 25-16, 25-10).

Leading the way for the Lady Knights were Shanna Peters (9 kills, 6 digs, 3 aces), Madi Hultman (8 kills, 1 assist, 6 digs), Tess Morningstar (7 kills, 1 assist, 2 blocks), Cameran Edwards (11 digs, 7 assists) and Currie Hultman (8 digs, 11 assists, 1 kill).

“We were pretty pumped up after winning the third, but the fourth was kind of a fluke,” said Eisenhower coach Ashlee Sprandle.

The JV squad fell in two sets, 17-25, 7-25. Lily Darling (2 blocks), Anna McJunkin (2 kills, 1 dig) and Caroline Hishman (1 kill, 1 assist, 3 digs) led EHS.

Ike returns home Thursday to battle Union City.

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WCCS 2,

CLA 0 (JV)

In a JV only contest, Warren County Chrisitan School improved to 7-0 with a 2-0 (28-26, 25-16) win over CLA.

Rachel Beatty had a strong match with nine service points, four assists, three aces and one kill. Also playing key roles for the Lady Lions were McKenna Phelps (5 service pionts, 2 aces, 1 kill), Gracia Clark (3 service points, 1 kill), Kiara Baker (2 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills), Ellie Beatty (6 service points, 2 digs) and Lydia Cox (5 service points, 1 kill, 1 assists, 2 digs).

WCCS is back in action Friday, hosting CCSI.