VOLLEYBALL: Warren sweeps again

The Lady Dragons cruised to their second win in as many nights on Tuesday, defeating visiting Oil City in three sets – 25-7, 25-13, and 25-8 – at Warren Area High School. With the victory, Warren is now 6-3 overall and 3-3 in Region 4.

“We played pretty well,” said Warren coach Mike Dolan. “The girls stayed up the whole time. We needed to have a game like this.”

Valerie Latimer led the way offensively with nine aces and seven kills, Rachel Lasecki had five aces and eight kills, Rachael Lobdell had five aces, Allie Morrison had seven kills, Brittni Merenick added three kills, and Teah Bines had 22 assists. Defensively, McKenzie Merenick and Nerissa McIntyre had five and four digs, respectively.

The Lady Dragons also swept the junior varsity contest, 25-9 and 25-14. Jennifer Daugharthy had 10 aces, Maddie Loutzenhiser had three assists, and Lizzie Marsh had two kills.

Warren will return to action on Thursday, hosting Region 4 opponent Meadville. The junior varsity game will begin at 4:30 p.m. with varsity to follow. After the game, the school will hold a Homecoming pep rally and bonfire behind the Career Center.

Jamestown Bethel 3, Tidioute 0

Tidioute was defeated in four sets at Jamestown Bethel Baptist Thursday night, losing the first two games, 14-25 and 21-25, before winning the third set, 25-16, and losing, 19-25.

“We were a little slow to get started with our movement and communication,” said Lady Bulldogs’ coach Margie Manning. “The third game it really all came together. We just had some difficulty with service errors which really hurt us.”

Robbi Kitelinger had five aces, three aces, and 26 service points for Tidioute. Anna Lindemuth added six kills and six aces, Nettie Durstine had four kills and three digs, and Morgan Molek had five aces.

The Lady Bulldogs won’t have to wait long to get back on the court, as they travel to Venango Catholic on Wednesday.

Cochranton 3, Eisenhower 0

The crowd at Eisenhower High School Tuesday night witnessed a neat three-game sweep, it just wasn’t from the team they were hoping for. Despite relatively even starts, the Cochranton Cardinals were too much for an Eisenhower team coming off a busy weekend schedule.

“The girls have had a very busy last three days,” said Eisenhower coach Tina Edwards, “They’ve had three games in four days. We had a tournament on Saturday and we played against Mercyhurst Prep last night. They’re a little bit tired and worn out.”

Eisenhower’s best play of the night as a team came during the second set. Points were exchanged evenly between the two teams with Eisenhower putting up a fight.

That effort turned out to not be quite enough to pull ahead of Cochranton. The Cardinals went on to top Eisenhower 25-13.

Both the first and third sets were dominated by Cochranton. Eisenhower, down 24-8 in the third set, pushed back in an attempt to slow down the Cardinals. Junior Kristen Williams made a sprawling dive for the ball, keeping the play alive and the Knights in the game. Despite the effort and two more points, Cochranton eventually notched the game point and defeated Eisenhower 25-11.

A series of mishaps by Eisenhower in the first set held them back as Cochranton found ways to chip away at the home team, bringing themselves to a decisive 25-7 victory.

“We’ll go back to practice tomorrow and work on a few things and come back on Thursday,” Edwards said. “Last night they played as a team and they played really well. The girls are tired and worn out.”

Cochranton also swept the JV match 25-11 and 25-9. Kristen Wagner notched four points, one ace and two digs for Eisenhower. Samara Warren earned five points and one dig while Andrea Mortensen added another three digs and one point.

Eisenhower gets back in action against Maplewood at Eisenhower High School Thursday night.

Saegertown 3, Youngsville 0

Youngsville is 4-5 overall and 2-5 in Region 2 after a 20-25, 18-25, 17-25 loss to Saegertown.

But things are looking up.

“This game was actually the best game we’ve played as a team all year,” said Youngsville coach Bev Fox. “We played right with them, but the would capitalize. There were a lot of long volleys that we just made mistakes on at the end.”

Youngsville trailed 10-22 in the final game, but went on a run and lost 25-17.

Kennedy Cratty finished with 13 digs, six kills and one block; Aubree Hendrickson eight digs and 11 assists; Julie Jameson 12 digs, and; Karrie Baker 17 digs.

Saegertown is 5-2, 5-2.

In a 17-25, 8-25 J.V. loss, Madison Fehlman had 16 digs, Baker 17 digs, and Katrina Salsgiver 17 digs.

Over the weekend, the Eagles finished in the top four at the 10-team Sheffield Tournament, going 6-3 in pool play, defeating Sheffield in the quarters and falling to Cranberry in the semis.

Kennedy Cratty had 45 digs, 22 kills and three blocks; Hendrickson 51 assists; Jameson 59 digs and 15 kills, and Karissa Cratty 26 digs, 15 kills and four blocks.

WCCS 3, Erie First 0

ERIE – WCCS stayed unbeaten with a 25-8, 25-17, 25-8 win over Erie First.

Allyssa Kerr had 13 service points, six aces and four kills, Jess Lauffenburger six points and three assists, two kills and two blocks; Kaitlin Weidner 11 points, four aces and three kills; Whitney Poindexter seven points, five aces and two kills, and; Caitlin McCall nine points and two kills.

The J.V. won, 27-25 and 25-12. Hunter Uplinger had six service points and five aces; Rachel Brenner seven points, four aces and two kills, and; Emily Stowe seven points and two kills.