Lady Dragons roll past Erie High
There are times through the course of a season where teams will be tested. Their opponents will push them to the very limit of their ability and the team finds out what it is made of.
Tuesday night inside the Joseph A. Massa gymnasium was not one of those times.
Warren volleyball rolled to a 25-2, 25-11, 24-26 and 25-4 Region 6 win over visiting Erie. While the Dragons dropped the third set to the Royals, Warren had its backups in the entire set and still nearly completed the sweep.
“We need to have those guys out there,” Warren coach Mike Dolan said. “They need to be ready to go.”
The Dragons rattled off 14 straight points to start the first set, gave up a pair along the way and cruised to a 25-2 win.
Set 2 was well on its way to more of the same with the Dragons grabbing an early 5-1 lead. Dolan then began gradually inserting his subs. It took a few points for the new players to settle in, allowing the Royals to get to within five at 14-9. From then on, Warren was in complete control winning 11 of the final 13 points en route to a 25-11 win.
“They played well the second game,” Dolan said.
With the bulk of Warren’s starters on the bench for the third set, the teams played more evenly, trading points to begin the set. Erie got out to a 13-9 lead, but the Dragons came back to grab a 15-13 advantage. The Royals wouldn’t quit and went on a 4-0 run to go up 17-15. Erie held the lead for the next few points, but Warren was able to tie it at 22-22. The Royals got the first set point at 24-22, but the Dragons roared back to tie it at 24-24. Erie closed out the set with consecutive points for a 26-24 win.
The starters were back in for set 4 and wasted little time dispatching Erie with a 25-4 win.
“It’s a region game, so you’ve got to win,” Dolan said. “We did what we had to do.”
Lydia Latimer finished with 13 kills, five blocks and four digs for the Dragons. Ellie Lobdell served 28 times (including the 14 straight to start the match) and had six aces to go along with 14 digs and five kills. Grace Wortman added five kills and Olivia English four kills. Lex Nyquist had 29 assists and four digs in the win.
Warren now sets its sights on a District 10 title game rematch at General McLane Thursday. The Lancers will have a different look without Maddie Soboleski (now a freshmen at the University of Pittsburgh) and coming off a loss Tuesday against Harbor Creek. Still, Dolan knows McLane will present a significant challenge.
“They’re such a good program,” he said. “I expect a tough match.”
JV: WARREN 2, ERIE 0
Warren’s junior varsity swept Erie, 25-14 and 25-9.
Hannah Shattuck had four kills, Olivia English three kills and Isabella Shingler three digs for the Dragons. Katie Madigan had 13 assists and four digs and Meredith Morrison served four aces.