Down to the wire: Warren falls to Alexander in 5 volleyball sets

VINCENT – It took five sets, but the Alexander High volleyball team was able to hold off the Warren Warriors for a non-conference victory Tuesday evening at Warrior High School.

The loss was the third in a row for the Warriors, who are now 7-7 on the season. They are also 3-2 in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League.

Warren took the first set of the match, winning 25-21 before the Lady Spartans easily won the second and third sets by scores of 25-14 and 25-13. The Lady Warriors came back and evened things up in the fourth set with a 25-17 victory to set up the fifth set.

Natalie Knowlton assisted Taylor Foy on a kill to put Warren up 1-0 in the final game, but Alexander took 12 of the next 15 points to go up 12-4. From there Alexander was able to seal the deal, winning the fifth set 15-5 to pick up a road victory.

“We did well, but we didn’t step it up like I thought we would tonight,” said Warren volleyball coach Michelle Tyo. “A lot of people weren’t doing their job. We made careless errors. We just didn’t want it tonight and Alexander did.”

Katlyn Coffman started off the first set of the match with a block to put Warren up 1-0. The Warriors later took a 12-7 lead before Alexander rattled off six straight points to go up 13-12.

Later, down 19-16, Warren scored five straight points of its own, capped by a kill from Coffman, to re-take the lead at 21-19. The Warriors scored three of the next five points to go up 24-21 before a kill by Foy gave Warren a 1-0 advantage.

The Spartans dominated the next two sets, outscoring Warren 50-27. The Warriors found themselves in an early hole in each set, as Alexander jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the second and 10-2 lead in the third.

The royal blue and white netters battled back in the fourth set. An ace by Knowlton put Warren up 3-1, and later a kill by Foy made it 12-10. A block by Alivia Frazier made it 19-14 before a kill by Alexander’s Sidney Arnold made it 19-15. Two plays later, Kaylee Higgins recorded a kill to make it 21-15. Danielle Lambert would notch consecutive kills to make it 24-17 before an Alexander return went into the net to give Warren the set win.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, that momentum did not carry into the fifth set. Tyo said the early deficits were too much to rebound from.

“We just couldn’t back from it,” she said. “(Alexander) just out-played us, period, tonight.”

Warren is right back in action tonight against Portsmouth at 6:30 p.m. The Warriors will remain at home this weekend when they host Waterford in a big non-conference showdown Saturday between Washington County Schools.