Warren earns win over Villa

ERIE, Pa. – Warren volleyball was on the road yet again Tuesday, coming away with a 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-16, 25-15) victory over Villa.

The win was the second on the young season for the Lady Dragons.

“We had a letdown in the second game where we played tentatively and the intensity just wasn’t where it needs to be. Other than that it was a pretty solid win,” noted Warren head coach Mike Dolan.

Leading Warren were Carly Beers (2 kills 1 dig), Meredith Morrison (2 aces, 1 kill, 1 dig), Olivia English (8 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist), Lex Nyquist (2 aces, 4 kills, 11 digs, 38 assists), Jordan Sitler (11 kills, 1 dig, 1 block), Hannah Shattuck (8 kills, 4 digs), Katie Madigan (2 aces, 39 digs, 1 assist), Grace Wortman (1 ace, 9 kills, 17 digs, 2 assists) and Halee Mineweaser (5 aces, 3 kills, 9 digs).

“Lex distributed the ball very well and all of our hitters were able to get involved in the attack,” noted Dolan. “The defense was pretty solid too and we passed better as a team which will be important for us looking ahead.”

The JV team lost, 11-25, 24-26.

Morrison (5 digs, 3 aces), Beers (3 aces, 4 kills, 1 block), Isabel Wortman (1 ace), Lauren Dolan (9 assists, 1 dig, 1 ace, 2 kills), Lexi Hoffman (1 kill), Ellee Irwin (2 digs), Gracie Gatto (2 kills), Cara Munksgard (1 kill, 1 ace), Brook Edwards (1 dig) and Jayna Baldenspgerg (1 dig, 1kill) led Warren, which returns to action on Thursday at Meadville.

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UNION CITY, Pa. – Youngsville battled, but couldn’t overcome its own mistakes in a loss at Union City Tuesday.

The Eagles hung with the Region 3 leaders in the first and third sets, especially, but errors cost too many points for them to pull off the road upset in a 25-20, 25-13 and 25-18 sweep by the Bears.

“I was extremely happy with the way we played tonight,” Youngsville coach Vicky Montecalvo said. “The girls are playing with so much heart right now.”

After a close first set, Youngsville (2-3 overall, 1-2 Region 3) found itself behind early in the second and couldn’t come back.

“We made too many mental errors off the bat,” Montecalvo said. “We dug a hole we couldn’t get out of. We still played well, we just gave them too much.”

Union City (6-0, 4-0) put the match away in the third.

“The girls are really moving and driving as a team,” Montecalvo said. “It’s night and day from the beginning of the season.”

Andrea Sveda led the attack with seven kills. Kenzie Olewine added five kills and Victoria Bull had 11 digs.

Union City won the junior varsity match, 25-21 and 25-14.

Youngsville heads east on Route 6 Thursday for a cross-county match at Sheffield.

“That’ll be a big game,” Montecalvo said. “They’re a scrappy team. It’s going to be a game of emotion and heart. They’re a strong competitor, so we’re looking forward to it.”

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ST. MARYS, Pa. – Sheffield ran into a dominant team at Elk County Catholic Tuesday, but found a way to compete against another 2A opponent.

While the Crusaders rolled to a first set win, the Wolverines made them earn the sweep in the second and third. ECC won the match 25-6, 25-18 and 25-19.

“ECC served tough, and in the first game we didn’t pass well, which is unusual for how we have been passing,” Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay said. “I’m pleased that the girls battled back after the loss in the first set and fought for every point the rest of the night.”

Not only did the Wolverines have to battle the tough-serving Crusaders, they also had to contend with standout Taylor Newton. She finished with 17 kills.

“We were only able to get three blocks on the night,” Lemay said. “We knew we needed to be aggressive at the net with blocking and swinging.”

Emily Leichtenberger led the Sheffield attack with four kills. Megan Johnson had eight digs and 11 assists and Annabel Sheldon had three aces.

ECC won the junior varsity match, 25-9 and 25-14.

Ana McCracken had seven digs in the loss.

After a stretch of facing off against 3A and 2A opponents, Sheffield will get a chance to see how it fares against 1A teams, starting Thursday when the Wolverines host Youngsville.

“We are looking forward to getting into a stretch of 1A matches over the next 2 1/2 weeks,” Lemay said. “Our goal is to play more consistent volleyball and see how we compete.”

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ERIE, Pa. – Eisenhower fell on the road at Erie First Christian Tuesday, 3-0, 21-25, 19-25, 17-25.

“Too many mental errors tonight,” noted Eisenhower coach Scott Olson.

The Lady Knights return to action next Tuesday, hosting Cambridge Springs.

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Tidioute took a set from powerhouse Cochranton on Tuesday, but fell 3-1, 25-6, 25-14, 24-26, 8-25.

Leading Tidioute were Kelsey Nuttal (3 aces, 1 kill, 3 digs). Shelby Proctor (10 digs), Nakiesha Krouse (3 kills, 1 assist, 11 digs), Jenna Hunt (1 ace, 2 blocks, 1 dig), Angelina Sabella (2 kills, 9 digs), Aspen Fors (3 assists, 1 dig) and Andrea Curtin(1 assist, 1 dig).

The JV team fell 2-25, 4-25.