Sheffield falls to Kane
Following a win over St. Marys last week, Sheffield volleyball coach Melissa Lemay was confident her team was playing well enough to potentially win out to end the regular season.
That confidence didn’t translate to the court Tuesday as Sheffield was swept, 25-21, 25-20 and 25-23, by visiting Kane.
“We have a habit of allowing runs,” Lemay said.
That habit was on display early as Kane jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the first set. Sheffield rallied and the teams traded leads throughout the set. Both the Wolves and Wolverines had four point leads in the set, but neither was able to maintain the advantage. Kane went up 20-18 and was able to hold off a late Sheffield rally for a 25-21 win.
Kane again jumped out to an early lead to start the second set, this time going up 7-1. Sheffield was having serve receive and passing issues during the run, leading to most of the Wolves’ points. Kane seemed to be in firm control of the set, but Sheffield was able to climb back in closing the gap to just three points twice late in the set. The Wolverines got to 20 before an emphatic kill gave the Wolves a 25-20 win.
“They didn’t quit,” Lemay said.
Sheffield didn’t allow Kane to grab an early advantage in the third and the set was fairly even throughout. The Wolverines began pulling away late and forced a Kane timeout with Sheffield ahead 21-17.
“We changed the defense in the third,” Lemay said. “We switched Marissa (Grubbs) and Taya (Bailey) and it worked.”
The break seemed to be all the Wolves needed as they got a side out trailing 23-18 and promptly went on a 7-0 run to end the match with a 25-23 win.
“They gave me everything they had,” Lemay said. “They’re disappointed they didn’t win. They wanted that win.”
Mya Grubbs had 12 assists and 11 digs for the Wolverines. Lexi Lyon added eight service points, with four aces, five blocks and two kills and Bailey chipped in 11 service points and 10 digs while Eliza Davidson had six service points and four kills. Marissa Grubbs led Sheffield with five kills.
Sheffield hosts Elk County Catholic Thursday.
JV KANE 2, SHEFFIELD 0
Kane swept the junior varsity contest 25-15 and 25-18.
Megan Johnson had five service points and three kills and Emily Leichtenberger had three service points and three kills in the loss.
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SAEGERTOWN – Eisenhower coach Scott Olson knew at the start this season would be all about learning.
His team would be learning a new system, new approach, new techniques and, theoretically, a new culture. One final lesson remains, however.
Learning to win.
That lesson will have to come another day as the Knights were swept at Saegertown 25-21, 25-19 and 25-17 Tuesday.
“We’re so close to turning that corner,” Olson said. “We’ve improved enough to be competitive with each team, now we have to find a way to win.”
Eisenhower jumped out to a big lead to start the match, but Saegertown was able to rally for the lead and win. The Panthers got out to a big lead in the second, forcing the Knights to attempt a rally. The third set was all Saegertown as unforced errors doomed Eisenhower.
“We make unforced errors at the wrong times and can’t seem to tighten things up,” Olson said.
Kiara Weber had six kills and three digs, Currie Hultman had eight assists, three kills and two digs, Caroline Hishman had six assists and seven digs and Cameran Edwards added nine digs and two kills in the loss.
As the season approaches its close, Olson said the most important thing for his team is to keep the attitude “pointed in the right direction.”
“In a season like this, as far as wins and losses, it’s tough to keep things positive,” he said. “I’m really pleased with our progress and we’re thrilled with where we’re at.”
The Kinghts host Union City Thursday.
JV SAEGERTOWN 2, EISENHOWER 0
Saegertown won the junior varsity game 25-11 and 25-11.
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MAPLEWOOD 3, YOUNGSVILLE 0
GUYS MILLS – Youngsville fell to high-powered Maplewood 25-4, 25-8, 25-8.
“We struggled with missed serves,” said Youngsville coach Barb Lutton.
Leading Youngsville were Megan Foley, who played a couple of different positions, as well as Kamryn Weissinger, Andrea Sveda (4 kills, 4 blocks), Amber Evans (8 service points, 1 ace, 9 kills) and Alexa Morgan (3 digs).
“I’m proud of their ability to to adapt to changes,” Lutton said. “Everyone contributed as a team.”
The JV team fell 25-9, 25-5.
Weissinger had four service points, Sveda two kills, Jenna Wilson three assists and Victoria Bull three service points.
The Eagles return home on Thursday for senior night against Saegertown.