CONNEAUT LAKE — Saegertown and Conneaut Lake both went into Tuesday’s Region 2 girls volleyball matchup with different objectives.

The Panthers were hoping to rebound from a disappointing three-game loss to Cochranton and finish out the first half of the season strong with a win over another formidable opponent. Conneaut Lake, meanwhile, was hoping to take another big step forward with its youth-laden squad, while maintaining at least a share of third place in the region along the way.

Only one of those teams got what they were looking for.

Saegertown finished the first half of the season just a game back of Cochranton (7-0) for first place in Region 2, following its 27-25, 25-20, 25-17 win over the Lakers last night. The Panthers improved to 6-1 overall and in region play with the win.

Conneaut Lake fell into fourth place in Region 2 at 4-3 overall and in the region.

“This is a good feeling,” Saegertown coach Amanda Scott said. “If not at the top, this is where we want to be. We’re in the mix. I’m pleased.”

Scott wasn’t necessarily pleased with last night’s performance, though.

“It’s a win,” she said.

Conneaut Lake had every opportunity to take last night’s match from Saegertown, but the Lakers failed to take advantage. Conneaut Lake’s biggest struggles came at the service line, where it committed a total of 15 errors, including one with the score tied 24-24 in the opening game and another that gave Saegertown game-point in a 25-20 win in Game 2.

“If you get the hit, you don’t get the set,” Talbot said. “If you get the hit, the set and the dig, you don’t get the serve. You can’t go back and miss a serve on game-point … ever. There were just a lot of things we didn’t do well (last night).”

Talbot said changes will be made today.

“I’m switching the lineup (today),” Talbot said. “I’m done trying to baby them and get them through. It just isn’t working.”

The first change Talbot will make is moving freshman libero Hope Gregg to setter. Talbot was not sure who would take Gregg’s position at libero.

“I hate to take my setter out because she’s worked so hard to get there. But it’s hard to do,” Talbot said. “She’s never set before. It’s just too much for her to learn. It’s just too much.

“I know some people are going to be hurt and I hate to do that, but we have to do something.”

Conneaut Lake will put its new lineup to the test Thursday when it hosts Union City. Saegertown opens the second half of the season at Conneaut Valley.

Leading the way for the Panthers last night was Gabby Shultz with 15 digs. Nicki Harmon had six kills, Malory Levis three blocks and Brandy Mitchell 24 assists.

Mary Sperry had a big night for Conneaut Lake. The senior had 14 digs, 11 kills and seven points with two aces. Helbig had 17 assists.



Lisa Byers can be reached at 724-6370, ext. 277 or by e-mail at lbyers@meadvilletribune.com.

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