Warren knocks off previously unbeaten DuBois

Warren’s Lydia Latimer (2) blocks an attempted kill, while Celia Chase comes up to assist, during a match against DuBois at the Warren Area Elementary Center, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Latimer had four blocks in a 3-1 Dragon victory.

The Warren volleyball team got a glimpse of the type of competition it will face in the postseason during a non-region match against visiting DuBois Monday.

The Dragons (11-2) came away with a hard-fought 25-21, 15-25, 25-13 and 25-20 win, handing the Beavers (11-1) their first loss of the season.

“This was a good matchup for us,” Warren coach Mike Dolan said. “They’re big and physical. It was good to have this match this week because we have Conneaut Thursday and they are very similar to this team.”

The match started about as evenly as possible, with both teams serving an ace with their first opportunity from the line. The first set was a back-and-forth affair, with neither team able to gain much of an advantage. The Dragons had the biggest early lead at 8-5. Warren was able to pull ahead late in the set, going up 23-20, before finally closing out the set with a 25-21 win.

DuBois dominated the second set from the first serve. The Beavers built an early 4-point lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Dragons tried to rally after falling behind 17-9, but only got as close as 18-14 before DuBois pulled away for good with a 25-15 win.

Ellie Lobdell puts down a kill for Warren between a pair of DuBois defenders during their match at the Warren Area Elementary Center, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Lobdell finished with 10 kills in the Dragons four set victory.

It was the Dragons turn to dominate in the third, quickly racing out to a 9-3 advantage. The Beavers were able to rally and pulled within two points twice during the set, but Warren answered with some strong serving to go back up 17-11. Warren put the set away 25-13.

“We had them on their heels a bit (during the set),” Dolan said. “We had a couple of blocks and maybe it got them down.”

The fourth set was back to even as the teams battled almost evenly through the first dozen points. Most points were decided by lengthy volleys and the set was punctuated with big digs and blocks early. DuBois began asserting control and forced a Warren timeout with the Beavers leading 18-15. The Dragons came out of the break a different team and took over at the net. Warren tied the set at 20-20, then went up 21-20, forcing a DuBois timeout.

“At this point in the season, they’re a good team they know they need to dig deep and trust themselves,” Dolan said he told the team during the timeout.

The Dragons finished the match on a 10-2 run, polishing off the fourth set 25-20.

Celia Chase receives a serve for Warren during a match with DuBois at the Warren Area Elementary Center, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Chase had a strong game, 12 kills, 13 digs and four aces, as the Dragons won in four sets.

Celia Chase had 13 digs, 12 kills and four aces for the Dragons. Ellie Lobdell added 10 kills nine digs and three aces, while Lydia Latimer had 16 kills, eight digs and four blocks in the win.

Alexis Nyquist had an ace, eight digs and an astonishing 43 assists, and Julia Lobdell had 14 digs and two aces.

“Julia had a nice serve game,” Dolan said.

The Dragons will host Franklin tonight for senior night before traveling to Conneaut Thursday.

JV DUBOIS 2, WARREN 0

DuBois won the junior varsity contest 25-7 and 25-11.

Hannah Shattuck led the Dragons with two kills and five digs and Olivia English had two digs and a kill in the loss.

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