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Eagles rally for second victory

Times Observer Photo by Allen Seybert Youngsville’s Madilynn Johnson (33) reaches for the ball as teammates, from left, Lynzee Higley, Allyson Johnson, Shelby Lobdell and Riley Robinault look on during Tuesday’s four-set victory over Erie First Christian at Youngsville High School.

YOUNGSVILLE — It may take the Youngsville volleyball team a little time to warm up, but once it does it can compete with anybody.

The Eagles dropped the opening set on Tuesday, but rallied back with three consecutive set victories to earn a 3-1 win over Erie First Christian at Youngsville High School.

The win was Youngsville’s second of the season, already surpassing last season’s win total.

“We started off slow in the first but rallied back and played tough the last three sets,” said Youngsville assistant coach Karissa Cratty who served as the team’s head coach Tuesday in Hannah Bulard’s absence. “I am very proud of the girls and how they handled being down. They really worked together as a team and busted their butts to get a deserved win.”

After dropping the opening set 17-25, Youngsville used a strong service run from Alyssa Gentz to close out set two with a 25-19 victory.

Youngsville and Erie First went back and forth in set three, but it was ultimately the red and white taking a 2-1 lead with a 25-23 win.

Set four belonged to Allyson Johnson, who clicked off 12 straight service points, helping the Lady Eagles to a 25-15 victory and their second win of the 2023 campaign.

“Our serves were on fire tonight, which really solidified the win,” added Cratty. “Riley Robinault had a great night at the net as well, giving the other team a run for their money.”

Allyson Johnson finished with 13 digs and Robinault added 10. Robinault and Rachel Lucks had four blocks apiece and Madilynn Johnson added 10 assists.

The Eagles return to action Thursday, visiting Tidioute.

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