The Elizabethtown volleyball team took care of business against the visiting Barons of Manheim Central in three sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-23) to improve to 3-0.
The Bears were in control of the first set and never trailed, but open the second set slower than the first. Manheim Central staked themselves to a 6-2 lead before Elizabethtown rattled off five straight points to take a lead that they would not relinquish.
“I think we got smart. We didn’t hit everything hard, hard, hard. So, I mean, we kind of mixed things up a little bit. That helps a lot. They had a couple service errors too, but more than anything we just pushed our way through it. That’s how we should have played sets one and three, but it is what it is,” coach Dave Pittman said.
The third set featured the most competitive and back-and-forth action, but Elizabethtown won the final two points of the set to finish the game.
Rebecca Epps finished with a team-high four aces and Bri Eberly was responsible for the team’s only block. Marley Kreiser had 11 digs, Taylor Beeler had 10 kills and Julia Rathsam had 37 assists, all of which were team highs as well.
Pittman said that Manheim Central was a “great opponent,” but was disappointed in Elizabethtown’s ability to put the ball away.
“They’re very scrappy on defense. We kind of tried to force things a little bit too much and we kind of paid for it,” Pittman said. When asked if he saw any adjustments from set to set, Pittman simply said, “No.”
Heading into this season, Pittman said that he was interested to see how the team’s defense would perform after losing key players last season.
“I think the defense good,” Pittman said. “The idea here is, if we pass the ball, our hitters are going to put the ball away. I thought our passing was pretty good. I think our hitters and our setting could have been a little bit better.”
Elizabethtown continued their winning ways with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-22) victory over Lampeter-Strasburg on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The win moved Elizabethtown to 4-0 on the season and gave them sole possession of first place in Section Two.