Entering its Thursday, Sept. 13, game in Daubert Gym against Lampeter-Strasburg, the Elizabethtown Area High School girls volleyball team was looking to keep its threegame winning streak alive. The Lady Bears succeeded in a big way and went on to extend it further on in their following contest as well.
The team topped L-S 3-0 in a close contest. The first set went back and forth, as the Pioneers continually kept things tight. However, the Lady Bears eventually pulled away at the end for a 25-20 win. A 6-0 in the second set had them up 12-6 early, but L-S was able to recover and put the score at 21-17 late. However, Elizabethtown proceeded to score the final 4 points for a 25-17 victory. The final set was a mixture of the first two, with the Lady Bears scoring the first 5 points and holding off the Pioneers to ultimately win 25-16.
Senior Julia Rathsam carried the Lady Bears statistically at times, finishing with 12 digs and a game-high 16 assists. Freshman Sydney Stewart led all players with 13 kills. Junior Hayden Calaman and senior Katie Kimbark each had 3 service aces as well. For the Pioneers, senior Sierra Stoltzfus and junior Lily Hoke got team highs with 15 assists and 6 kills, respectively. Senior Betsy Brenneman also had a gamehigh 17 digs.
The Lady Bears hit the road on Tuesday, Sept. 18, to take on Lebanon, once again winning 3-0. This game was not as competitive as it was with L-S, with Elizabethtown easily taking the first set 25-13 and utterly dominating in the second 25-6. The Cedars came alive somewhat in the final set but eventually fell 25-18.
It was a balanced attack offensively for Elizabethtown. Stewart had game highs in both kills (6) and service aces (7). Rathsam did as well with 12 assists. Junior Ashley Nyesmith added 6 digs. For Lebanon, senior Aurianis Lasalle Rivera led all players with 10 digs, also leading her team with 2 assists and 2 service aces.
Elizabethtown is scheduled to finish out its first round of Section Two meetings at Ephrata on Thursday, Sept. 20, and at Garden Spot on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The Lady Bears are currently tied with the latter for the lead in the standings. They will also compete in a tournament at Cumberland Valley on Saturday, Sept. 22.