Area Prep Volleyball Roundup

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Yates Center High’s Wildcats opened the 2009 volleyball season at home Tuesday hosting Marmaton Valley High’s Wildcats, the Crest High Lady Lancers and the Madison High Lady Bulldogs.
Yates Center went 1-2 in front of the home crowd. The win came in a hard-fought match with Marmaton Valley. Yates Center rallied to win after losing the first set, 19-25, 26-24, 26-24.
“We started out slow tonight but showed improvement in our play against Marmaton Valley,” said Dan Berg, Yates Center head coach. “Daryean Estes and Autumn Douglass had great serving runs against Marmaton Valley.”
Crest beat Yates Center 25-19, 25-10 to open play. Following its victory, Yates Center dropped a 25-15, 25-19 decision to Madison.
“We started two freshmen — Paige Steinforth and Addie Hughes — in various sets and both did well. In all three matches, Kassy Reynolds played great on the back row and at the net,” Berg said. “We’re young and will learn every time we take the court.”
Against Crest, Yates Center got three kills from Douglas and one each from Brianne Crellin, Reynolds, Hughes and Estes. Crellin, Drew Spencer and Reynolds had two ace serves each. Spencer had five set assists.
For Crest, Melissa Honn had eight service aces and six kills against Yates Center. Amanda Strickler pounded down 11 kills, had two aces and eight set assists while Ashley Catt was credited with 11 assist sets and had five ace serves.
“Melissa served very well and our girls did a good job running the offense,” said Shelly Strickler, Crest head coach.
Reynolds delivered seven kills and a tip at the net against Marmaton Valley. Estes had six kills and one tip and Douglas downed five kills and two tips. Spencer served five aces and Douglas had four ace serves and Reynolds had three. Serving two aces each were Crellin, Hughes and Estes while
Steinforth had one ace. Spencer was credited with nine assists.
In the Madison match, Estes had three service aces and Spencer had one ace and five set assists. Hughes had one ace serve. Reynolds and Douglas each had a kill while Reynolds and Crellin had one block each.
Crest dropped a 25-13, 28-26 decision to Madison. Strickler had 10 kills and seven assists while Honn had five kills and seven assists. Tessa Louk was credited with two points.
“This was a very good match. Madison has a strong middle hitter which was a challenge for us. Tessa Louk did block her a couple of times. Digs were big in the this match because Madison hit the ball at us. Melissa had 12 digs and Caitlin Golden had seven digs,” Coach Strickler said.
Marmaton Valley High’s Wildcats fought hard against Crest. The Lady Lancers came up with the win 28-25, 25-21, 25-18. Strickler said her team didn’t play with any consistency “but the girls were determined to win and work through our struggles.”
Crest got 12 kills, 11 digs, seven assists and four ace serves from Strickler. Kristen Golden stepped in and provided strong play with eight digs and two assists. Catt had eight assists, five kills 11 digs and two ace serves. Honn served up six aces and had 14 digs.
“The girls are really starting to play smart ball and there was a lot of improvement from this past weekend,” said Lindsay Ermel, Marmaton Valley head coach. “We were aggressive at the net and had some awesome blocks and kills.”
Marmaton Valley lost to Madison 25-20, 25-12. Ermel said the Wildcats served the ball well all night and did a lot of good things.
“We saw some places we still need to work on this week in practice. I think the girls are starting to come around to the concept of playing smart volleyball and the wins will come,” Ermel said.
Uniontown High’s Eagles gave the home crowd what they wanted — quality volleyball Tuesday night. After dispatching Erie 25-3, 25-13, the Eagles settled in for a tough match against Girard, which beat Erie 25-6, 25-9.
“The Girard march was, well, what can I say, awesome. Girard has a great program and team and we stayed with them. We attacked the ball well but they played great defense so the balls just kept coming back. We had some great rallies in the match,” said Jackie Hall, Uniontown head coach.
A change in net attack “tipped” the match to Girard. Hall said Uniontown took the Lady Trojans out of their game plan a bit and Girard started tipping the ball at the net instead of pounding it.
“That was something we did not adjust to very well throughout the match. I’m extremely proud of our team,” Hall said. Girard won the match 26-28, 25-20, 25-13.
Abbie Smith served for 10 points for the Eagles and delivered 11 kills at the net against Girard. Jacy Ermel had eight kills and Jessie Camac had three kills.
In the Erie match, Ermel served up 12 points while Smith downed eight kills and Camac had two kills.
Uniontown’s junior varsity beat Erie 25-6, 25-15 led by Megan Schnichels with eight service points and Ashley Nietfeld with seven points and four kills. The Eagle junior varsity lost 25-7, 25-21 to Girard. Nietfeld had three service points and four kills and Hope Jurgensen served for four points.