Youngsville falls to Seneca, 3-0

Times Observer photo by Brian Hagberg Youngsville’s Andrea Sveda tries to put the ball over a Seneca player’s hand.

A long volley for the first point of the match between Seneca and Youngsville Tuesday looked like it would be the start of a tightly contested Region 3 contest.

The Bobcats then went on to win the next four points relatively easily and swept the host Eagles, 25-8, 25-19 and 25-17.

“Unforced errors and our serve game (hurt us) tonight,” said Youngsville coach Barb Lutton.

A service error following the match-opening 5-0 run gave the serve right back to Seneca and the Bobcats nearly doubled the advantage before Youngsville called a timeout trailing 9-2.

While the Eagles struggled to get their offense running, Seneca was almost methodical in building an 18-5 advantage.

Times Observer photo by Brian Hagberg Youngsville’s Amber McAfoose (18) and Emma Marino (24) leap to block an attempted Seneca kill.

“We need to trust our teammates more, allow them to play their position,” Lutton said.

The second set began with the teams battling to a 9-9 tie. The Bobcats strung a few points together to gain a 12-9 edge, then in the blink of an eye were up 19-12. The Eagles battled back to get to 22-17, but wouldn’t get any closer as the Bobcats finished out the set.

Youngsville got off to the fast start in the third, leading 6-4 early. Seneca took over at that point with a 10-2 run to make it 14-8. Down 19-10, the Eagles tried to rally and went on a 4-0 run. The Bobcats never wavered and closed out the match on a 6-3 run of their own.

“We played Seneca much better than the last time,” Lutton said.

Amber Evans led the Eagles with 12 assists, 11 service points and two aces. Taylor Walters had eight service points and two kills and Amber McAfoose had four blocks and three kills.

Lutton was also pleased with the play of two freshmen. Kamryn Weissinger, who played her way into the starting lineup during the Sheffield Tournament Saturday, had eight service points with two aces and two kills.

“She played an all-around game tonight,” Lutton said.

Andrea Sveda had three kills in limited action.

“I’m happy with how the freshmen have stepped up,” Lutton said. “They have a strong sense of team, a strong desire to play, a strong desire to win and they give it their all. They just have big, giant hearts.”

The Eagles travel to Cochranton Thursday.

JV SENECA 2, YOUNGSVILLE 0

Seneca won the junior varsity contest 25-6 and 25-5.

Andrea Sveda had three kills and Mikayla Eyler added another in the loss.

COCHRANTON 3, EISENHOWER 0

Coming off a victory over Tidioute Monday, Eisenhower coach Scott Olson was hoping his team could carry some of the positive momentum as the Knight re-entered the “meat grinder” portion of their schedule.

While the result Tuesday was a 25-3, 25-21 and 25-7 sweep at the hands of region powerhouse Cochranton, Olson was proud of the way his team battled against the Cardinals.

“What we’re finding out is there are three teams vying for first place (Cochranton, Maplewood and Cambridge Springs) and any of them could win state. Those three are at the very top of the mountain right now,” he said. “We were down 13-1 at one point in the third and to come back and fight, I’m real pleased.”

Olson said the Knights got away from the things that helped them be successful Monday in the first game, but Eisenhower got back to doing some of those things as Cochranton was forced to earn every point.

“We came out in the second game and played really well,” Olson said. “We passed well, we were putting the ball away and we had a lot of movement.”

Unforced errors, a theme for Eisenhower this season, led to that early 13-1 advantage for Cochranton.

Preaching patience as Eisenhower tries to go through a culture change, Olson said he’s seeing that patience pay off, even if it isn’t translating to wins right now.

“They’re getting better every night now and it’s fun to watch,” he said. “I’m proud of the way they’re changing the culture of the program and they need to be proud of what they are doing and the foundation they are setting.”

Currie Hultman led the Eisenhower offense with three kills, four assists and two digs. Caroline Hishman had five assists and three digs, while Cameran Edwards had eight digs and Kiara Weber had six digs. Emiley Wheeler and Tess Morningstar had two kills each.

Eisenhower travels to Cambridge Springs Thursday.

JV COCHRANTON 2, EISENHOWER 0

Cochranton won the junior varsity contest 25-10 and 25-10.

BRADFORD 3, SHEFFILED 0

Sheffield was swept by host Bradford on Tuesday, falling 25-17, 25-15, 25-20 in an AML match.

The Lady Wolverines were able to take Bradford to five sets earlier in the year, but a faster tempo by the Lady Owls opened up Wednesday’s match.

“They (Bradford) played quite a bit faster than they did the first time,” said Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay. “They played a lot of quick balls in the middle.”

Mya Grubbs had 15 assists for Sheffield, Lexi Lyon had five kills, and Taya Bailey added 12 digs.

“We only had two blocks the whole night, so that makes our defense work that much harder,” Lemay said. “We also only had 17 kills, we didn’t pass well enough tonight.”

Bradford also won the JV match, winning 25-13, 20-25, 15-5. Megan Johnson had seven assists, and Emily Leichtenberger had six kills.

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