VOLLEYBALL: Eagles come back to top Sheffield, even record

Youngsville came back from a slow first game to defeat the Sheffield Wolverines, 3-1, Monday night at Sheffield High School.

The Wolverines started off the first game strong, taking the lead and pulling away from Youngsville. Despite a push from Youngsville to come back, it wasn’t enough to overtake Sheffield, which won 25-21.

While the first game was headlined by Sheffield, the rest of the match belonged to Youngsville. Sheffield started the second game with the lead before Youngsville pulled ahead halfway through. Sheffield came back to tie the close game, but Youngsville came out on top, 25-22.

The third set was a series of points from the Eagles without giving away anything to Sheffield. Down 11-0, Sheffield called a timeout in an attempt to rally the team for a comeback. Youngsville took over and finished 25-13 before winning the fourth set 25-19 and evening its record to 2-2, while Sheffield fell to 0-5.

“We just need to play as a team. We didn’t play as a team,” said Sheffield head coach Tracie Vile. “As soon as we make mistakes, we let down.”

“We were flat in the first game and we came back with the intensity and we kept it for the three games,” said Bev Fox, the Youngsville head coach. “We actually played really well as a team. We covered the tips, we hit well, our passing was really good, our serve receive – except for the first set – was really good. They actually played overall really well. I’m hoping to build off the momentum of beating a county rival. They’re enthusiastic.”

Youngsville heads home to take on Rocky Grove Tuesday night, while Sheffield travels to Elk County Catholic starting at 7 p.m.