VOLLEYBALL: County teams swept in last home matches
Warren lost three close games to Corry in its final home game of the year Tuesday night at Warren Area High School.
“When we controlled the ball, we had a pretty effective attack,” said Warren coach Mike Dolan, whose Lady Dragons lost, 22-25, 24-26, 26-28.
“They’re a good-hitting team,” he said. “Just a couple plays here and there and that’s the difference.”
Of three matches, only the first ended in a typical score with Corry topping Warren, 25-22. The other two saw the teams stay within points of each other for 26-24 and 28-26 finals.
The second game belonged to Corry early before Warren chipped away to tie the game at 24-24. Warren had a tight hold on the second game, but Corry pulled ahead and forced Warren to come back. In the final plays of the game, the points bounced back and forth to tie each other before Corry pulled ahead for the win.
“I’m proud of the way these guys fought through all those games, but sometimes they just don’t go your way,” Dolan said. “It’s been that kind of season. We’re at the cusp of a lot of games, but we didn’t quite finish them off.”
Teah Bines had two kills, 30 assists, one block, and 16 digs for Warren (9-6). Corry is 11-1 overall and in line for a District 10 Class AA playoff spot.
Among nine Warren seniors, Rachel Lasecki ended with 10 kills and one block, Allie Morrison nine kills, Valerie Latimer six kills and two, and McKenzie Merenick 13 digs.
“All the seniors did a great job tonight on Senior night, they showed a lot of heart never quitting, making a big comeback in that third game when we were down by five late in the game,” said Dolan.
Paige Wilson had five kills and two blocks, Ashley Barker three kills, and Bailey Dilks 10 digs.
In a 25-15, 20-25, 11-25 junior varsity loss, Jennifer Daugharthy had five kills, Megan Wortman four kills, Lizzy Marsh two kills and two blocks, Kaitlin Sedon three aces and 11 assists, and Maddie Loutzenhiser seven assists.
Warren finishes out its season on Thursday night at Oil City.
Cambridge Springs 3, Youngsville 0
The Youngsville volleyball team suffered a three-set sweep at the hands of Cambridge Springs in a Region 2 match Tuesday at Youngsville High School.
Cambridge Springs – currently the second-place team in a tough Region 2 – jumped out to wins of 25-9 and 25-15 in the match’s first two sets. Youngsville regrouped and once led the third set 14-13, but the Blue Devils answered with 12 of the next 15 points to take the set, 25-17.
“We started slow. We didn’t come out and play like we did against Eisenhower,” said Lady Eagles coach Bev Fox. “Cambridge Springs is a very good team with great hitters. We weren’t communicating, weren’t talking, but we got better each game and in the third game we played the way I knew we could.”
Karissa Cratty, Kennedy Cratty, and Julie Jameson each had 13 digs for Youngsville. Karissa Cratty added four kills and one block, Kennedy Cratty had one kill and one block, and Jameson added a kill. Judi Lewis had nine digs, and Aubree Hendrickson had six digs, one kill, and 12 assists.
In the junior varsity match, the Eagles fell to the Blue Devils, 11-25, 11-25. Ali Ishman had 10 digs and two kills, Karrie Baker had 12 digs, Elyssa Horn had nine digs and a kill, and Stephanie VanGuilder had six digs.
Youngsville will travel to Saegertown Thursday for a Region 2 contest.