It’s been a fantastic season for the Elizabethtown Area High School girls volleyball team thus far. The Lady Bears have already clinched a spot in the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs and have essentially done the same for the District 3 playoffs as well. All that’s left to do in the regular season is to push to repeat as champion in Section Two.
The team continued its recent string of success at home against Lebanon on Thursday, Oct. 11, coasting to a 3-0 win. The Cedars competed in the first set, but the Lady Bears eventually prevailed 25-18. They then dominated in the second, winning 25-2, and held Lebanon off in the final set for another 25-18 victory.
The stats were balanced across the board for Elizabethtown. Freshman Sydney Stewart had a game-high 9 kills, while senior Julia Rathsam and junior Hayden Calaman each had 13 assists. Senior Katie Kimbark and junior Ashley Nyesmith chipped in with 6 service aces each. Lebanon senior Aurianis Lassalle Rivera led the Cedars in digs (11), assists (7) and service aces (3), while junior Venessa Rivera had 5 kills.
Elizabethtown had its Senior Night celebrations in another game at Daubert Gym on Monday, Oct. 15, vs. Ephrata. The Lady Bears led late in the first set, but the Mounts were able to come back and tie the game at 24-24. However, Elizabethtown picked up the last two points to win 26-24. The second and third sets each went similarly, with the Lady Bears holding Ephrata at bay for most of the action and pulling away late. They won 25-18 and 25-20 to get the 3-0 sweep.
Rathsam was a monster for Elizabethtown, finishing with 19 assists and 13 digs. Sophomore Kristin Geesey led the team in kills with 10. Junior Maddy Eby had an astounding 38 digs for Ephrata, while senior Caroline Webber had 15 assists. Junior Brielle Brock and sophomore Kendall Wales each had 6 kills.
Now at 12-2 on the season, the Lady Bears face an extremely busy week. They are scheduled to host Garden Spot on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in a Section Two showdown. If the Spartans win, they’ll clinch the section title. If Elizabethtown wins, the two teams will play in a tiebreaker game on Thursday, Oct. 18. The Lady Bears will go on the road to face South Western that day if they lose on Wednesday. The L-L League playoffs are set to begin on Friday, Oct. 19.