G-A volleyball takes down divisional foes

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Senior Ema Bobbitt passes for the Blue Devils. (Bob Stoler Photos)

Greencastle-Antrim rebounded from an interstate setback to take control of its divisional business last week.

Visiting from Maryland, Williamsport provided a perfect warmup for the Devils’ divisional matches coming up for the week. The competition was intense and the volleyball entertaining and played close all evening. Williamsport opened a six-point advantage in the opening set, but G-A worked its way back to challenge before the Wildcats prevailed 25-23. The momentum carried for the Devils, who won set two, 27-25.

The third game continued to exhibit both squads and landed at a 21-21 tie. Williamsport surged to win 25-21 and go up two sets to one. While G-A continued to battle, the Wildcats seemed to find a groove and closed out the match with a 25-20 game four set.

G-A racked up some impressive statistics at the net with Nakita Gearhart putting down 12 kills. Lauren Verhoef delivered nine and Amanda Hammer contributed eight in the attack and Tiffany Briggs tallied 37 set assists. Defensively, Ema Bobbitt had 16 digs. Tabitha Rudy (12) and Morgynn McKinzie (10) each also contributed double digit digs.

The Blue Devils looked to avenge an earlier season loss to Gettysburg on its home court and came through for a 3-1 win by scores of 25-17, 25-23, 21-25 and 26-24. Gearhart had another dozen kills and blocked three. Briggs put up 30 assists and Bobbitt passed up 15 digs. Hammer added nine kills and McKenzie had 10 digs.

The junior varsity team went 2-1 on the week, defeating Williamsport 2-1 (25-16, 16-25, 16-14); falling 2-1 to Gettysburg (26-24, 23-25, 9-15); and ending with a straight games win over West Perry by scores of 25-10 and 25-11.

Against Williamsport Courtney Stump had six kills. Claudia Hissong delivered 10 assists and Carynn Schook had six digs. Abbey Pool slapped three aces. Hissong added eight assists and had four digs in the Gettysburg match. Katie Gelsinger produced four kills and Schook connected for four aces. In the West Perry matchup Hissong was again active with a dozen assists. Stump had seven digs and Pool accumulated five kills. Bailey Hopkins tallied five aces.