Backyard statement: Eisenhower battles to 3-1 win over Youngsville

Eisenhower’s Tess Morningstar (8) lifts her arms in triumph as the Lady Knights celebrate a 3-1 win over Youngsville in the Backyard Brawl on Thursday at Eisenhower High School.

Leading 25-24 and tied at 1-set apiece with county rival Youngsville, Eisenhower’s Currie Hultman delivered big time.

With one swing, she sent the Lady Knights to a 26-24 win and gave her team all the momentum in what was a 3-1 (25-21, 15-25, 26-24, 25-10) win in the Backyard Brawl – volleyball edition.

After that, Ike seemed to ride a wave, taking control early in the fourth and never looking back en route to the win.

“Communication was the key,” said Eisenhower coach Fallon Bachman. “The girls really communicated well, calling the ball and constantly talking with each other.”

Youngsville went up 7-4 early in the first set after an Andrea Sveda block, but the lead was short-lived, as the two teams went back and forth.

Youngsville’s Amber Evans (4) and Andrea Sveda (20) go up for a block during Thursday’s match against Eisenhower.

Eisenhower rallied to take an 11-10 lead, but YHS sophomore Kamryn Weissinger knotted it again with a big swing of her own.

But it was the Lady Knights who took control in the first, building a 21-17 lead and not letting Youngsville get any closer.

The second set was much of the same, as the Lady Eagles took an early 5-0 advantage, only to watch Ike battle back to tie it at 6-6.

With Youngsville clinging to a 1-point lead, they went on a 11-2 run to close the set, thanks to Sveda, Weissinger and Megan Foley, who combined for kills.

“It seemed like we had trouble staying focused tonight,” said Youngsville coach Barb Lutton. “We had a lot of mental errors. Still, I’m proud of the girls.”

Eisenhower’s Cameran Edwards goes up for a kill against Youngsville.

The third set was all Youngsville early, jumping out to a 6-2 lead, but Eisenhower rallied to tie it at 9-9 after a kill by Kiara Weber.

Neither team led by more than three the rest of the way, with Hultman, Sveda, Foley, Tess Morningstar and Taylor Walters all taking and converting big swings.

With the score knotted at 23-23, each team made a service error before EHS went up 25-24 on a ball out of bounds, setting up Hultman for the finish.

Cameran Edwards, Katrina Edwards, Hultman and Weber all had aces as the Lady Knights built a huge lead in the fourth, ultimately winning 25-10.

Eisenhower’s serve-receive game was also very strong throughout the match.

Youngsville's Andrea Sveda gets a block.

“We really came together as a team,” Bachman said. “We’re really excited to come away with the win.”

Leading Eisenhower were Cameran Edwards with 7 kills, 3 digs, 6 aces; Tess Morningstar 1 kill, 2 digs, 2 aces, 4 blocks, Hultman 6 kills, 12 digs, 3 aces; Weber 5 kills, 6 digs, 4 aces; Work 6 digs and Caroline Hishman 6 digs, 17 assists.

For Youngsville, Amber Evans had 13 service points and 1 kill; Walters 21 service points and 1 kill, Sveda 14 service points and 3 blocks and Weissinger 3 kills.

Youngsville won the JV contest 2-1, 25-15, 23-25, 15-10.

For Youngsville, Jena Wilson had 12 service points and 1 kill, Ellie Bojaczko 11 service points and 1 kills and Mallory Sherrard 11 service points and 1 kill.

For Eisenhower, Destiny Nelson had3 digs and 4 aces; Katrina Edwards 3 digs, 1 kill and Paige Edwards 4 aces, 1 kill and 1 dig.