With a 1-1 start to the season, the Elizabethtown Area High School girls volleyball team opened up Section Two play looking to make a statement. The Lady Bears accomplished that in a big way, picking up two wins against section opponents.
The team hosted Solanco on Thursday, Sept. 6, looking to get its second straight 3-0 sweep. The first set went smoothly; four straight service aces from senior Elizabeth Vuxta put the Lady Bears up early, and fellow senior Grace Murray closed things out with a few kills for a 25-13 victory.
The Mules fought back in the second set, taking a 15-11 lead at the midway point. A 6-2 Elizabethtown run tied things at 17 all, however, and senior Rebecca Epps eventually got her team the 25-22
win off an assist from senior Julia Rathsam. The third set was much of the same from the first, with the Lady Bears easily getting the 25-11 win for another 3-0 sweep.
Rathsam led the way with 8 kills for Elizabethtown. Vuxta also had a game-high 6 service aces, as did junior Hayden Calaman with her 14 assists. Junior Ashley Nyesmith chipped in with 8 digs. Senior Bri Langley led all players with 20 digs for Solanco.
The next game for the Lady Bears was on the road at Manheim Central on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The Barons entered the game undefeated at 3-0, but that quickly changed. Elizabethtown dominated in the first two sets of the night, winning 25-11 and 25-7. Manheim Central fought back in the third but ultimately fell 25-20.
Freshman Sydney Stewart had a game-high 8 kills for Elizabethtown, also adding 3service aces. Calaman once again led all players in assists with 13. Senior Becca Keppley led Manheim Central with 6 kills and 6 digs.
The Lady Bears are set to have a couple more Section Two matchups coming their way, with a home game against Lampeter-Strasburg on Thursday, Sept. 13, and an away tilt at Lebanon on Tuesday, Sept. 18. They’ll also compete in the Black Knight Tournament, their second of the year, at Hempfield on Saturday, Sept. 15.