After starting the season with two losses, the Elizabethtown Area High School boys volleyball team bounced back in a huge way on Thursday, March 29, getting a clean 3-0 sweep at Lebanon.
Aside from a brief period early in the first set, Elizabethtown dominated throughout the night, holding Lebanon to just 21 total points across the three games (25-11, 25-8, 25-12). It was a balanced attack as well on offense. Eight different players picked up kills by the end of the night.
“Obviously the game was a little bit slower tonight, but we didn’t make any mistakes,” head coach Bryan Buckius said. “That was the big difference. We switched the lineups up a lot and we were playing with confidence. All that stuff we talked about the other night that we weren’t doing, like talking and blocking, we did tonight.”
Senior Austin Kreiser led the team with 10 kills. Fellow senior Brice Reiman had 7, while junior Nick Chapman had 5. Senior Narvin Chhay had a game-high 17 assists, with sophomore Jake Sevcik not far behind with 14. It was a far cry from their first two outings against Lower Dauphin and Manheim Central.
“We really improved our confidence,” Buckius said. “I was kind of afraid we were gonna come out slow, but they played all 25 points in all three games.”
Elizabethtown ended up using nine players, which allowed younger guys like Sevcik and sophomores Casey Lyons and Nate Seeger to see more time on the floor as well. Lyons was especially impressive, picking up 6 aces. The fact they all held up well is encouraging for the team’s long term aspirations.
“I think they did really good,” Buckius said. “With them coming up from JV, I already know them and I can get a ton of effort out of them, because they want to be there. They talked and covered their positions well, so I’m happy with that.”
Now with a record of 1-2 on the year, the team will have a week off before their next game, where they’ll host Lancaster Mennonite. The latter has gotten off to a 3-0 start to their season, so it will certainly be a challenge. With seven days to prepare, however, Elizabethtown will certainly have a chance, provided they’re able to carry over their play against Lebanon.
“We’re gonna go watch them play on Tuesday against Manheim Central,” Buckius said. “We’re taking the weekend off because of the holiday, then we’ll have a light practice Monday and Tuesday and get back into on Wednesday so we can give guys some time to recover a little bit. We’ll definitely be working a lot.”