Warren returns to its home gym, sweeps Harbor Creek

Warren’s Lydia Latimer puts a kill between a pair of Harbor Creek defenders during the first set of their match at Warren Area High School, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Latimer finished with 11 kills and 12 digs to help the Dragons to a 3-0 sweep of the Huskies.

“This is home.”

Despite unusually warm conditions, Warren junior setter Lex Nyquist smiled when explaining how she felt about the Dragons playing in the Joseph A. Massa gymnasium for the first time in two years.

Of course, the Dragons were all smiles following a 25-17, 25-15 and 25-16 sweep of visiting Harbor Creek Tuesday.

“It’s definitely much better than (Warren Area Elementary Center),” Nyquist said. “The crowd, the students at least, was bigger and more energetic.”

With expectations sky high this year, Warren hopes to build, and feed off, that energy and did so in the first dual match of the season. The Dragons were as advertised as hitters Lydia Latimer (11 kills, 12 digs, 4 blocks), Ellie Lobdell (7 kills, 11 digs) and Celia Chase (8 kills, 6 digs, 2 blocks) paced the offense. Nyquist had 23 assists and 9 digs in the win.

“We served and passed really well,” Warren coach Mike Dolan said. “Lex did a nice job setting and we had some good swings.”

Both teams came out swinging to start the match, but it was the Dragons who began to pull away early. Methodically, Warren built a 6-3 lead, then expanded it to 10-6 before forcing the Huskies to call a timeout with the Dragons up 15-8.

The break rejuvinated Harbor Creek and the Huskies rallied to get to within three at 20-17. The Dragons shut the door at that point and closed out the first set with five straight points.

“Harbor Creek came out pretty well,” Dolan said. “It took us a little bit to get our feet under us.”

The Dragons certainly had their legs by the second set as they raced out to a 15-6 lead. The Huskies started to rally again, but freshman Katie Madigan brought fresh legs off the bench and made several plays to effectively end the rally. Warren settled down to win the set 25-15.

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“Katie’s been doing a nice job,” Dolan said. “She reads the game well and isn’t out of position.”

The third set played out in cycles. Warren took an early 5-1 lead, but Harbor Creek came back to tie it at 5-5. The Dragons retook the lead and built an 8-5 advantage before the Huskies came back and tied it again at 8-8. Warren answered emphatically with a 7-0 run to make it 15-8. Harbor Creek got to 15-12, but no closer as the Dragons completed the sweep with a 25-16 win.

Warren will have plenty of time to digest this win with its next contest against Erie on Sept. 11.

JV: WARREN 2, HARBOR CREEK 0

Warren swept the junior varsity contest with a 25-23 and 25-22 win over Harbor Creek.

Olivia English had 4 kills and 2 assists, while Hannah Shattuck had 5 kills. Katie Madigan had 7 assists and 4 digs, Jackie Peterson had 6 digs and 3 assists and Isabella Shingler had 3 digs.

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