Outside of a couple of losses to Palmyra and Garden Spot (incidentally, the top two teams in Class 3A for District 3), it’s been smooth sailing for the Elizabethtown Area High School girls volleyball team. The first seven wins for the Lady Bears were all 3-0 victories. Even though some recent games finally brought some tighter competition, they were still able to come out on top.
The team had a home game against Manheim Central on Thursday, Oct. 4. The first set went relatively cleanly for the Lady Bears, who won 25-19. The Barons battled back in the second, coming back late to win 2522. However, Elizabethtown cruised to a 25-15 win in set 3, then held off the Barons to take the final set 25-19 for a 3-1 victory.
Senior Grace Murray led all players with 15 kills for the Lady Bears. Fellow senior Julia Rathsam had a game-high 22 assists, also getting 4 service aces. Junior Ashley Nyesmith also had 10 digs. For Manheim Central, senior Ciara Stoner led the team with 22 digs. Freshman Grace Stoltzfus had 19 assists, while senior Becca Keppley had 10 kills and service aces.
Elizabethtown had another home game vs. Penn Manor on Monday, Oct. 8, which turned out to be a wild one. The first set was extremely even, with the game going past the usual 25 points with both teams going back and forth late. The Lady Bears eventually prevailed 30-28. They also took the second 25-19. The Comets attempted a comeback, winning the third 2521 but faltered in the final set, with Elizabethtown winning 25-13 to escape with a 3-1 victory.
The stats were split evenly for the Lady Bears. Rathsam finished with 16 assists and 4 service aces, while senior Rebecca Epps (9 kills) and freshman Sydney Stewart (11 digs) also chipped in. Senior Shayna Warfel (15 kills), junior Maddie Henry (40 assists) and junior Kailey Stoner (28 digs) all had game highs for Penn Manor.
Lastly, the Lady Bears traveled to Lampeter-Strasburg on Tuesday, Oct. 9, winning 3-0. The game was a lot closer than the final score indicated. The first set swung back and forth, with both teams going on multiple runs. Elizabethtown was up 20-10 at one point before the Pioneers narrowed the gap to 20-17. However, the Lady Bears scored five straight to take the set 25-17.
L-S controlled things for the majority of the second set, leading 18-12 midway through. Elizabethtown worked its way back into the game but faced game point at 24-21. The Lady Bears didn’t back down, tying it up at 24-24 and eventually winning 28-26. They dominated the third set as well, coming away with a 25-14 victory.
Epps had a game-high 10 kills for Elizabethtown. Rathsam and Nyesmith led the team with 17 assists and 6 digs, respectively. Senior Elizabeth Vuxta also led all players with 4 service aces. Senior Sarah Stoltzfus led the way for L-S with 19 assists, while senior Haley Hoover and junior Sofia Campbell had 7 kills and 11 digs.
The Lady Bears (10-2) will have two home games against Lebanon on Thursday, Oct. 11, and Ephrata on Monday, Oct. 15.