Tough night on the road for county teams
JOHNSONBURG, Pa. – Sheffield’s young volleyball team has a bright future ahead, but will also have to experience some growing pains along the way.
Tuesday was evidence of both, as the Lady Wolverines fell in three to host Johnsonburg (15-25, 18-25, 13-25) in their season opener.
They were tied 15-15 in the first set, only to watch the Ramettes go on a big run, something that was a theme in their first live game action of the season.
“We gave up a big run in the first game and did that in each of the three sets,” said coach Melissa Lemay. “We have to figure out a way to stop that. We’re so young, we have 10 of our 14 players who are freshmen or sophomores. Going forward, it’s going to be fun.”
Pacing Sheffield were Callen Copley, one of two seniors on the team (11 service points, 4 aces, 7 assists), Emily Leichtenberger (6 service points, 4 kills) and Megan Johnson (6 assists).
The JV team fell by scores of 12-25, 17-25.
Tori Childress had four service points.
“A big thing is they need to learn to trust each other,” Lemay said. “That will continue to come with playing together and getting comfortable on the court. We have a totally new group of girls playing together.”
Sheffield continues on the road in the first week of the season, traveling to Bradford on Thursday.
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Mental errors and defensive breakdowns proved costly for Youngsville and the Eagles were unable to build momentum from their season opening win as they were swept at Saegertown, 26-24, 25-13 and 25-19, Tuesday.
“We had some mental errors due to the heat and some defensive errors,” Youngsvill coach Barb Lutton said. “A lot of early season mistakes, but they played hard together and lost together.”
Taylor Walters had four kills on the night, while Megan Foley and Amber Evans each had 11 service points and Kamryn Weissinger added 9 service points.
“We had some combined efforts at the net, it was just not quite enough tonight,” Lutton said. “There’s lots of room for improvement.”
The Eagles now turn their attention northward as they prepare for the season’s first Backyard Brawl.
“We’re excited to play Eisenhower on Thursday,” Lutton said. “It should be interesting.”
JV: SAEGERTOWN 2, YOUNGSVILLE 0
The Panthers swept the junior varsity contest 25-19 and 25-17.
Victoria Bull had 7 service points and Mallory Sherrard added 6 service points of her own. Ellie Bojaczko had 6 digs in the loss.
Lutton said JV coach Rhonda Bimber was proud of how hard the team played.
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UNION CITY 3,
UNION CITY, Pa. – Eisenhower traveled to Union City for its season and Region 3 opener, falling in three sets, 25-16, 25-7, 25-18.
Eisenhower was led by Cameran Edwards (3 kills, 4 digs), Kiara Weber (2 kills, 3 digs, 1 ace), Currie Hultman (6 kills), Caroline Hishman (3 kills, 2 digs), Tess Morningstar (1 kill, 1 dig, 1 block), Crystal Work (2 digs) and Catrina Edwards (2 digs).
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CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS 3, TIDIOUTE 0
Cambridge Springs spoiled Tidioute’s season opener, defeating the Bulldogs 3-0.
The scores of were 25-6, 25-8 and 25-9
Cambridge also won the JV match, 25-6, 25-17.