Eisenhower wins epic battle with Youngsville
One big rally deserved another, and a raucous gym at Youngsville Area High School saw another fierce battle between the host Lady Eagles and the Eisenhower Lady Knights.
In the end it was Eisenhower that won the latest installment of this volleyball clash, 3-1, 25-19, 23-25, 28-26, 30-28.
“My heart can’t take much more of that,” said Eisenhower coach Scott Olson. “It was typical Youngsville-Eisenhower. Everybody just goes at it.”
The second set saw Youngsville rally from an 18-12 deficit to win, only to be upstaged by the Lady Knights, who trailed 22-13 in the third and 15-5 in the fourth, rallying to win each.
It was a tremendous match on what was Senior Night for Youngsville, honoring Megan Foley, Alyssa Molek, Maddie Uplinger and Taylor Walters before the match.
“I’m going to miss our seniors terribly,” said Youngsville coach Barb Lutton. “They’ve been such a big part of this program.”
The score was knotted at 12-12 in the first set, after which Kiara Weber served up an ace and Currie Hultman and Tess Morningstar back-to-back kills to give Eisenhower a 15-12 lead, an advantage they wouldn’t relinquish.
The second set was the Cameran Edwards show early on, as the Lady Knight connected on there kills that helped EHS to a 10-3 advantage.
It was 17-12 EHS before a kill from Kamryn Weissinger fueled a Lady Eagle comeback.
Big swings from Andrea Sveda and Walters, as well as an ace by Jena Wilson got the score to 23-23, before back-to-back aces by Sveda gave the set to Youngsville.
“We went with a different rotation yet again, and we were fairly successful with it,” noted Lutton.
Youngsville opened up a 13-5 lead in the third after a block by Foley, but Edwards followed with a kill that got the EHS rally going.
Still, they trailed 22-13 before Hultman stepped to the service line. A kill by Morningstar made it 23-21, before Sveda put Youngsville up three. Eisenhower rattled off the next three points and ultimately took the set.
“They played hard, we played hard, it was just a lot of fun,” Olson said. “These girls have battled adversity and we’ve had to learn to overcome it within ourselve
Several Eisenhower errors, as well as kills by Weissinger and Uplinger staked Youngsville to its 10-point lead in the fourth.
Edwards stepped up to serve and delivered an ace, and Weber a kill to get it within 15-12, before a kill by Weissinger.
Trailing 21-17, Eisenhower rallied to tie it after a kill by Hultman.
Youngsville again went up 24-21, but again the Lady Knights rallied, thanks to Edwards and Caroline Hishman to tie it up.
Edwards and Weissinger traded blows before finally, Ike was able to get the 2-point margin of victory at 30-28.
“I’m thrilled with where we’re at, our growth,” Olson said. “When we’re at the top of our game, we can play with anybody.”
Lutton reflected on how far her program as well.
“We’re excited about the season we’ve had. Youngsville volleyball is definitely going in the right direction,” she said. “I also want to thank coach Rhonda Bimber for her constant support.”
Eisenhower was led by Edwards, who had a whopping 17 kills, 17 digs and six aces, as well as Hultman (10 kills, 8 aces, 20 digs), Hishman (25 assists, 10 digs, 4 aces), Weber (3 kills, 3 aces, 9 digs, 2 blocks), Morningstar (3 kills, 2 aces) and Catrina Edwards (3 aces, 6 digs).
For Youngsville, it was Sveda (16 service points, 6 kills, 7 blocks), Uplinger (11 service points, 4 digs), Weissinger (9 service points, 4 kills, 8 digs), Walters (6 service points, 5 kills, 11 digs) and Foley (5 service points, 6 kills, 2 blocks).
Eisenhower will enter the D-10 playoffs, but not before they host Tidioute tonight.
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JV: Youngsville 2, Eisenhower 0
The Lady Eagles won the JV match, 25-22, 25-15.
Paige Edwards (5 kills, 4 digs) and Bridgette Gourley (5 aces, 3 kills, 11 digs) led Eisenhower.
For Youngsville, it was a positive way to end the season.
“It was a great season-ender and I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” said Youngsville coach Vicky Straub.
Added Eisenhower coach Fallon Bachman: “I am extremely proud of how they stepped up and used their communication. Most importantly, they had fun playing the game.”