VOLLEYBALL: Hard-fought: Eagles top Knights in 5; Sheffield earns first win

Youngsville downed Eisenhower in a county clash on the volleyball court, winning in five sets Tuesday night at Eisenhower High School.

With the score tied at 14-14 in the deciding fifth set, Youngsville’s Emily McChesney played a ball off the net to give the Lady Eagles a one-point advantage, and Kennedy Cratty spiked one home to secure the win on the road.

“It was way too close for comfort, but we found a way to win,” said Youngsville coach Bev Fox. “Spectator-wise, it was probably fun to watch, but as a coach, it’s a little nerve racking. It’s always this way playing against Eisenhower. Give them credit, they played very well, too.”

“I was pretty happy with the way we played,” said Lady Knights’ coach Tina Edwards. “We played very well in the first game, and just fell out of our groove in the second and third games.”

Eisenhower jumped out early in the first set, taking a 20-10 lead before Youngsville stormed back to tie the game at 22-22. The Lady Knights regrouped, and scored the next three points to claim the set, 25-22.

The Eagles didn’t take long to respond, as they put together a pair of dominant wins in sets two and three by scores of 25-15 and 25-13, respectively. Eisenhower won 25-19 to force a fifth set, and came back from a 13-7 deficit to tie the game before Youngsville was able to close out the road victory.

Kennedy Cratty had 28 digs, 12 kills, and two blocks for Youngsville, while Karissa Cratty added 22 digs, 12 kills, and three blocks. Julie Jameson had 26 digs and seven kills, Judi Lewis had 21 digs, 24 service points, and seven aces, and Aubree Hendrickson had 10 service points and 33 assists.

For the Knights, Marion Sherer had 18 service points, 13 kills, seven digs, and two aces, and Holly Chapman had 26 service points, eight kills, and five digs.

The Lady Eagles picked up a win in the junior varsity contest, losing the first set 15-25 before winning 25-21, and 15-10. Kerrie Baker had 28 digs, Ali Ishman 16 digs, and Madison Fehlman 13 digs for Youngsville. For Eisenhower, Kristen Wagner had 14 service points, four aces, and three digs, Madi Hultman had nine service points and one ace, and Jocelyn Courtney had eight service points and three digs.

Both teams will be on the road Thursday night, when Eisenhower travels to Saegertown and Youngsville visits Cambridge Springs.

WCCS 3, CLA 0

Warren County Christian School is 7-0 after a 25-8, 25-13, 25-15 New Penn Christian Conference win on Tuesday over Christian Life Academy at WCCS.

“They are playing together better,” said WCCS coach Monica Kerr. “Obviously staying healthy is gong to be pretty critical, maintaining momentum.”

WCCS will play at French Creek Valley Christian on Friday and play in the Sheffield Tournament Saturday, “to challenge ourselves and see what we have,” said Kerr.

Kaitlin Weidner had 15 service points, four aces, six kills, three blocks and nine assists on Tuesday. Allyssa Kerr added 11 points, fives aves and five kills, Whitney Poindexter seven points, Jess Lauffenburger two aces and two kills, Caitlin McCall seven points, two aces and five digs, and Dymphee Zortman five points, two aces, three kills and seven digs.

In a 25-6, 25-27, 25-9 junior varsity win, Desirae Kerr had nine points, four aces and two kills, and Hunter Uplinger seven points and two aces.

Sheffield 3, Ridgway 2

Sheffield won its first match of the year on Tuesday – a hard-fought 25-22, 24-26, 20-25, 27-25, 15-7 come-from-behind win at Sheffield High School.

“We actually played extremely energetic as a team all five games,” said Sheffield coach Traci Vile. “Everything finally clicked.”

Marlea Sprandle and Mariah Fitzgerald had eight kills each, Brandy Rockwell seven, and Maddie Fiscus five kills, four blocks and five digs. Rockwell and Fitzgerald had 16 service points each, and Rachel Lemay led in assists with 24.

“I’m hoping if we play like we played tonight, it’s not going to matter who we play,” said Vile.

Montana Sarver had five points in a 17-25, 20-25 J.V. loss.

Warren 3, Franklin 0

FRANKLIN – Warren (4-2, 2-2 in Region 4) swept Franklin, 25-16, 25-18, 25-10.

Rachel Lasecki had 13 kills and Valerie Latimer 11 to lead the Dragons. Paige Wilson had eight kills and three aces, Rachael Lobdell four aces, Teah Bines 16 assists, two aces and seven digs, McKenzie Merenick 14 digs, and Bailey Dilks five digs.

“We had good teamwork and played well defensively,” said Warren coach Mike Dolan. “We also had some tough serving as a team and the middles, Paige And Allie Sedon did a nice job controlling the net.”

Warren won 22-25, 25-21, 15-10 in junior varsity. Kaitlin Sedon had 10 assists and six aces, Lizzy Marsh four kills, Megan Wortman three kills and three aces, and Maddie Loutzenhiser three aces.

Warren is at undefeated Corry (4-0 in region) on Wednesday.