It was a whirlwind of a stretch for the Elizabethtown Area High School boys volleyball team, as they played two games and competed in a tournament, exiting with mixed results.
They hosted Lancaster Mennonite in a fierce matchup at Daubert Gym on Thursday, April 5. Elizabethtown took the first set 25-20 before losing the final three 25-21, 25-14 and 25-22. They were by no means weak, battling until the bitter end.
Senior Narvin Chhay had an astounding 26 assists for Elizabethtown, which accounted for all but one for the team in that statistic. Senior Austin Kreiser 16 kills, while junior Jacques Mortha and senior Spencer Roth had 7 and 6, respectively. Roth had 5 blocks as well.
Gabe Willig matched Kreiser for Lancaster Mennonite. Ben Lefever had a game-high 34 assists, while Paul Peachy had 16 digs.
The team then took part in the Comet Clash Invitational Tournament at Penn Manor on Saturday, April 7. The event featured 18 other teams split into three pools, with two having five teams playing eight games each (facing the other teams twice) and the other having four teams playing nine games each (facing the other teams three times). The top three teams from each pool would go onto a single elimination bracket.
Elizabethtown got off to a shaky start by losing their first four games to semifinalist Manheim Township (25-22, 25-21) and runner-up Carlisle (25-21, 25-17). With tiebreakers being based on point differential, they had to win the rest of the pool games to advance.
They succeeded in spades, beating Northern York (2523, 25-18) and Upper Dublin (25-21, 25-23) to move onto face Salesianum (Del.) in the bracket play-in game, which they won easily 25-14. Their run finally ended with a 25-17 loss to top-seeded Exeter, who would lose in the semifinals to eventual champion Penn Manor. Of the four teams in the semifinals, Elizabethtown lost to three of them.
Finally, the team went on the road to face Cocalico on Tuesday, April 10. Although they took the first set 25-22, they went on to lose the next three 25-16, 25-18 and 25-23. Elizabethtown started off hot but faded during the middle stretch of the game, only recovering during the last set.
Kreiser and fellow senior Brice Reiman led the team with 7 kills each. The latter also had 4 blocks. Chhay upped his assist total for the season by notching 23.
Caleb Horning had a game-high 13 kills for Cocalico, with Avery Stark contributing 8. Tommy Denlinger led all players with 34 assists, while Adin Frey had 7 assists and 4 aces.
Now at 1-4 on the season, Elizabethtown has two home games next on their schedule: Ephrata on Thursday, April 12, and Garden Spot on Tuesday, April 17.