Warren volleyball topples Erie

ERIE, Pa. – Warren volleyball finished its season-opening road trip with a 25-8, 25-23 and 25-14 win at Erie Tuesday.

It was the first dual match win of the season for the Dragons.

“It was a nice team effort in the win,” Warren coach Mike Dolan said. “We passed pretty well and gave ourselves a lot of attack opportunities.”

The Dragons (1-2) had three blocks and 40 digs on the night.

“They played some inspired defense at times,” Dolan said. “That gave us the opportunity to work our offense, which is something we’ll have to keep improving as the season goes on.”

Jordan Sitler led the offensive attack with eight kills, two blocks and two aces. Hannah Shattuck added seven kills, while Olivia English had five kills and a block, Halee Mineweaser had two kills, five digs and two aces, Jayna Baldensperger had three kills, Ailsa Boger had a kill and two aces, Meredith Morrison had a kill and five digs, Carly Beers had a kill and Ellee Irwin added a dig.

Katie Madigan had 16 digs and three assists, while Lex Nyquist had a kill, eight digs, three aces and 22 assists and Grace Wortman had three kills, six digs and seven aces.

Warren won the junior varsity contest, 24-26, 25-9 and 15-9.

Beers had three kills, Cara Munksgard had two kills, Baldensperger had a kill and an ace and Brooke Edwards added a kill. Morrison had three digs and two assists, Irwin had three digs, Kirsten Johnson had a block and Lauren Dolan had six assists and three aces.

The Dragons will host General McLane in the home opener Thursday.

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ST MARYS, Pa. – Sheffield found out a lot about itself at St Marys Tuesday.

Namely, the Wolverines can certainly compete with a bigger team like the Dutch. St Mary’s won in four, 23-25, 25-19, 25-14 and 25-23, but Sheffield gave them all they could handle.

“St Marys is beatable and we will give them a fight when we play them next,” Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay said.

The Wolverines gave a fight in the opening set Tuesday with the 2-point win. The Wolverines chances for an upset of the Dutch took a big hit, figuratively and literally, at the end of the second set.

Annabel Sheldon and Tori Childress collided on the set’s final point and did not return. At that point, Sheldon had already put down eight kills and added nine digs. The collision forced a number of changes to the lineup.

“To be safe, we held them from playing the rest of the night,” Lemay said. “I had to move Marissa (Grubbs) from libero to outside hitter, Emily (Leichtenberger) from outside hitter to middle hitter, Ana McCracken from defensive specialist to outside hitter and had to have Lexi Goldthwaite and Lynzie Grubbs play all the way around.”

The Dutch took advantage of those changes to roll to a win in the third set, before the Wolverines found their rhythm and battled in the fourth.

“The third set was kind of panic mode for them,” Lemay said. “But in the fourth, they buckled down and battled. I am beyond proud of how they played and held it together in a lineup that we may need a rubric to understand.”

Marissa Grubbs had 22 digs and two kills, Leichtenberger had seven kills and six service aces, Megan Johnson had eight digs and 21 assists and Lynzie Grubbs had four kills and four blocks.

The Wolverines will face another road test Thursday at Kane.

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Eisenhower went on the road and fell to a talented Saegertown squad, 13-25, 14-25, 18-25.

The young Lady Knights continue to improve, and coach Scott Olson is happy with where his team is at early in the season.

“Saegertown is a really nice team,” he said. “They pass well and have some decent hitters. We just made too many hitting errors tonight that really hurt us. But I like where we’re at.”

Leading Eisenhower were Currie Hultman (6 kills, 4 digs, 2 aces), Rayna Hultman (4 kills, 8 digs, 6 assists) and Paige Edwards (2 kills, 2 digs).

The JV team fell 10-25, 6-25. Logan Grove had five kills for EHS.