Eisenhower falls to Union City
Consistency issues have plagued Eisenhower’s volleyball team all season long.
The Knights were able to string a few points together at times against visiting Union City Thursday, but not often enough to avoid a sweep as the Bears won 25-11, 25-17 and 25-17.
“We’re inconsistent,” Eisenhower coach Scott Olson said. “We play well in spurts.”
Inconsistency wasn’t the only thing Eisenhower battled in the match. A pair of replayed points, one in the first and one in the second, cost the Knights a point and chance to start a run.
Olson didn’t use the replays as an excuse; however, he simply said his young team needs to find a way to mentally move on to the next point.
“When things pop up, it tends to bring us down,” he said.
The first replay occurred early in the first set. The Bears were leading 5-2 when a Currie Hultman kill appeared to give the Knights a side out. Neither official saw where the ball landed though, and called for the point to be replayed. The Bears got the point on the replay and dominated the set the rest of the way, winning 25-11.
The second replay came with the Bears leading 11-6. Eisenhower’s Tess Morningstar got a block at the net with the ball falling on the Union City side. The down official called a net violation on both teams, but was unable to identify either player who was in violation.
Eisenhower called a timeout trailing 15-7. Union City scored the next three points, then the Knights were able to go on a 7-0 run to pull within four at 18-14. The Bears answered with a rally of their own and eventually ended the set with a 25-17 win.
The Bears were on the positive side of seemingly every close call and odd bounce in the third set. Serves hittting the tape on the top of the net would fall on Eisenhower’s side, sure Knight kills would somehow hit a Bear and stay alive. The Knights were simply unable to string more than a couple points together and trailed 22-10. Eisenhower made Union City earn the win late, getting seven of the next 10 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Bears completed the sweep with a 25-17 win.
Eisenhower closes out the regular season with a home matchup against Sheffield Tuesday.
JV EISENHOWER 2, UNION CITY 1
Eisenhower won the junior varsity match 24-26, 25-20 and 15-13.
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SAEGERTOWN 3, YOUNGSVILLE 0
Youngsville fought to keep the match close, but was swept at Saegertown 25-18, 25-16 and 25-21.
“We played hard,” Youngsville coach Barb Lutton said. “We’re definitely learning how to compete with these teams in our league.”
Lutton said the biggest thing the Eagles need to work on heading into the offseason is playing as a team.
“We need to work on teamwork rather than (worrying about) individual stats,” she said. “When we play as a team, we win as a team. We’re getting there.”
Emma Marino (4 kills), Amber McAfoose (12 service points, 3 kills and 2 block assists), Amber Evans (9 assists, 10 service points with 2 aces), Kamryn Weissinger (11 service points with 4 aces) and Megan Foley (13 service points) led the Eagles. Alexa Morgan played an error free game
“Morgan had an excellent game in serve receive,” Lutton said.
Youngsville will play in the Kane Tournament Saturday, before finishing the regular season at Sheffield Thursday.
JV SAEGERTOWN 2, YOUNGSVILLE 0
Saegertwon won the junior varsity contest 25-13 and 25-8.
Andrea Sveda (4 kills), Jena Wilson (2 assists) and Weissinger (5 service points) led the Eagles effort.
“Sveda played tough for us again,” Lutton said. “She’s bringing a great energy to the varsity and plays up (to that level).”