Riding a five-game winning streak, the Elizabethtown Area High School girls volleyball team was looking to solidify a spot atop the standings in Section Two of the Lancaster-Lebanon League. While the Lady Bears are certainly not out of the running yet, a loss to a section rival put their run on hold.
The team first had an away contest at Ephrata on Thursday, Sept. 20. The Mounts competed but were unable to overcome late runs in each of the three sets from Elizabethtown, who won 3-0 (25-19, 2518, 25-18).
Junior Krimson Dougherty had a game-high 9 kills for the Lady Bears. Fellow juniors Ashley Nyesmith and Hayden Calaman also led all players with 5 service aces and 16 assists, respectively. The latter also had 7 digs, as did seniors Julia Rathsam and Elizabeth Vuxta. Junior Maddy Eby finished with a game high of 23 digs for Ephrata.
In between games, Elizabethtown competed in the Rally in the Valley Tournament at Cumberland Valley on Saturday, Sept. 22. The Lady Bears went 1-2 in initial pool play, beating Tyrone 30-24 and losing to Palmyra and West York 30-27 and 30-20, respectively. They then lost two games to York Suburban, split with South Western and swept Berks Catholic.
Finally, the Lady Bears had a huge away game at Garden Spot on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Both teams entered the contest with identical 5-0 records in Section Two, so the winner would seize control of first place for the time being. The Spartans got off to a hot start in the first set, going on multiple ones and using a number of service aces to coast to a 25-15 win.
The Lady Bears fought back in the second set, opening with a 12-6 lead. Garden Spot worked its way back into things, however, eventually tying the game at 22 all and ultimately taking the last 3 points for a 25-23 win. The third set went similarly; Elizabethtown had a 13-7 lead early, but the Spartans equalled the score at 23 all and took the final points for a 25-23 victory and a 3-0 sweep.
Senior Sarah Shirk had a monster day for Garden Spot, leading all players with 35 assists. Junior Kelly Martin and senior Shawna Zeist each had game highs in digs (22) and kills (13), respectively. For the Lady Bears, senior Rebecca Epps led the way with 6 kills. Rathsam and Calaman both had 11 assists, while Nyesmith added 11 digs.
Now at 6-2 on the season, Elizabethtown is set to have a week off before going on the road at Solanco on Tuesday, Oct. 2.