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Warren volleyball win-streak ended by McDowell

ERIE, Pa. – Warren volleyball’s 5-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of McDowell on Tuesday, 3-1 (25-13, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19).

“After the first game where we made far too many errors, we settled down and started playing at a higher level,” said Warren coach Mike Dolan. “Our defense stepped up and started playing well, our blocking slowed down a lot of their attacks and we were able to get nice swings, especially from Grace and the middles.”

Leading the Dragons were Olivia English (12 kills, 1 block). Jordan Sitler (11 kills), Hannah Shattuck (5 kills, 2 digs), Grace Wortman (12 kills, 12 digs, 3 aces), Halee Mineweaser (7 digs, 1 ace, 1 kill), Katie Madigan (24 digs, 2 aces), Lex Nyquist (10 digs, 38 assists, 2 kills, 1 ace) and Meredith Morrison (10 digs).

“Hopefully we got a little bit better from the match and use it as a tuneup for the playoffs next week,” Dolan added.

The JV team lost 2-0, 16-25, 18-25.

Carly Beers (4 kills), Cara Munksgard (4 kills), Ellee Irwin (2 kills), Morrison (10 digs, 2 aces), Lexi Hoffman (1 kill), Gracie Gatto (2 digs), Isabel Wortman (1 ace, 1 dig), Brooke Edwards (2 digs) and Lauren Dolan (7 assists, 1 ace) paced Warren.

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KANE 3, SHEFFIELD 0

Sheffield battled, but Kane’s depth proved too much as the visiting Wolves topped the Wolverines, 25-17, 25-23 and 25-13 on the volleyball court Tuesday.

“I’m not disappointed in the effort,” Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay said. “We had some errors, but overall did well. We were much more consistent in the first and second sets and when we got into the third set, struggled with ball control.”

Sheffield was already down a player heading into the match, and lost another when Lexi Goldthwaite rolled her ankle in the second set. That meant extended minutes for sophomores Ana McCracken and Caidence Anderson. They didn’t disappoint.

“Caidence had to play and she came in and did very well,” Lemay said. “I’m so pleased for her. She kept her composure, had some digs, had some serve receives to target and only two errors. Super pleased with the way she was able to come in off the bench.

“Ana had three kills and only three attack errors out of 21 attacks,” she continued. “These sophomores who are coming in and getting some varsity time can only help us going forward.”

Emily Leichtenberger had six kills and 12 digs. Marissa Grubbs added 11 digs and Megan Johnson had 12 assists.

“We had a lot of digs tonight,” Lemay said.

A day after playing arguably their cleanest game of the season, the Wolverines continued that trend again Tuesday. “We had very few attack errors,” Lemay said.

Kane won the junior varsity match, 25-23 adn 25-10. McCracken had six digs and three kills while Goldthwaite had seven assists.

Sheffield closes out its home schedule Thursday with a match against Elk County Catholic.

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