Meadville celebration

Meadville’s Mallory Jackson (12) and Jordan Lynn celebrate a point during the Bulldogs’ District 10 Class AA quarterfinal match against Conneaut on Tuesday at Meadville Area Senior High School’s House of Thrills. Meadville beat the Eagles 25-22, 25-16, 25-15 to earn a spot in Thursday’s semifinals against 2013 PIAA Class AA runner-up Fort LeBoeuf.

Picture a goodly sized regiment of student bodies mostly clad in red and/or black sitting a dozen rows deep on one side, all chanting slogans and cheering and jumping up and down and all kinds of mess. 

Then picture an almost equal sized group of young folk, doing its own bit of cheering and chanting and jumping up and down. Only this one is wearing all blue. 

Then picture a thin row of stairs separating the two sides. And picture the security guard keeping a careful watch on that now hostile border.

Here we have the backdrop to Tuesday night’s District 10 Class AA quarterfinal volleyball clash between Crawford County rivals Conneaut (the blue side) and Meadville (the red side) at MASH’s House of Thrills. 

The red side would have a whole lot more to say on this night as the Bulldogs rolled past the Eagles in three sets, 25-22, 25-16, 25-15. 

“The girls played well,” said Meadville head coach Tammy Webber. “They spread it out. When we pass, we have a whole lot of options. We had a couple lulls, but overall we passed pretty well.” 

The Lady ’Dogs certainly did spread the love around last night. Offensively, Emily Allen had 10 kills, Jordan Lynn and nine kills, Mallory Jackson had seven kills and Katie Newman had six kills, to go along with her 24 assists. 

“Katie set a great game,” said Webber.

Meadville was also masterful on the defensive side. Newman had seven digs, Allen had 10 digs, Jackson had a dozen digs and Alysha Kelyman led the whole team with a whopping 20-dig effort. 

“Alysha dug the ball so well,” Webber said. “That’s the best she’s done all year.” 

As well as Meadville played, Conneaut played just about as poorly, at least on the attack, where the Eagles notched just nine kills in the match while committing 20 errors. 

“We did not execute tonight and Meadville played great,” said Conneaut head coach Tim Schleicher. “And in a single-elimination tournament, you’ve got to have your ‘A’ game every night.” 

Angie Vickers was the only hitter to attack with any consistency for CASH, recording six kills. She also had six digs. Tori Urbas also had 12 digs for the Eagles. 

CASH ends its season with a record of 10-5 in dual matches as well as the 2014 Region 4 title. Pretty outstanding, for what many people thought was going to be a rebuilding year. 

“We’re tremendously proud,” said Schleicher. “I think we had a great season. This team came a long ways since the summertime. And that’s what I was talking to them about after the match, that this result doesn’t change any of the progress that they made. This just wasn’t our night tonight.” 

Meanwhile, the Lady Bulldogs (12-3) now move onto Thursday’s semifinal round where it will face Fort LeBoeuf, a 25-16, 25-29, 24-26, 25-23 winner over Hickory last night. The ’Dogs and the Bison will square off at 6 p.m. back at the House of Thrills. 

Lancers collar Huskies

The bad news for General McLane was that their starting libero, Sara Woods, was out of commission after getting injured during one of the Lancers’ practices leading up to their District 10 Class AA quarterfinal showdown with Harbor Creek. 

The good news for the Lancers is that Woods’ absence didn’t seem to slow them down much, as McLane cruised by the Huskies 25-12, 25-16, 25-12 on Tuesday at the House of Thrills. 

“Our regular libero is in a cast now with possibly a broken ankle, “said McLane head coach Heather Karns. “A freshman came in and did a great job.” 

That freshman was Mia Schaller, who is typically a middle hitter. But she stepped in and brought up five digs for the Lancers. She was, in other words,  filling a role, which was the important part for the Lancers. 

“I have an outstanding team,” said Karns. “I can’t pick one player. They all filled their role.”

Morgan Farley led the way with a 12-kill, 14-dig double-double. Maddie Soboleski had seven kills, 12 assists and six digs. Michelle Jahn registered eight kills and seven digs. Kristi DiLoretto notched a dozen assists and three aces. Anna Seidel also had three aces. 

“The girls came out strong, they kept their energy level up the whole time, they played smart,” said Karns. “I couldn’t ask them for much more. They did what they needed to. I couldn’t be more proud.” 

Next up for McLane (14-3) is a semifinal matchup with Corry on Thursday at 8 p.m. at the House of Thrills. Corry advanced with a 25-13, 25-17, 25-11 sweep of North East last night. 

Pete Chiodo can be reached at 724-6370 ext. 275 or by email at pchiodo@meadvilletribune.com

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