Greencastle-Antrim volleyball team delivers share of division title

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A’s Nakita Gearhart pounds a hit past the Spring Grove block. (Bob Stoler Photos)

Greencastle-Antrim (12-6, 12-2 MPC-Capital) did everything it needed to last week in order to earn a share of the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division crown with straight sets wins over Boiling Springs and Waynesboro. Perennially at the top of the standings, the Blue Devils had a few challenges this season and still rose to the top with a 12-2 divisional mark that allows G-A to share the title with Shippensburg.

Necessary steps came with a 3-0 win over Boiling Springs with scores of 25-16, 25-19 and 25-17. Nakita Gearhart was again a force at the net with 13 kills. Lauren Verhoef added nine. Ema Bobbitt went double digit digs with 12 and Chloe Hoover added seven. Bobbitt racked up six aces and Hoover had four. Tiffany Briggs chalked up 27 set assists.

Next up was Waynesboro, who the Blue Devils sent home by scores of 25-18, 25-23 and 25-9. Gearhart pounded down 14 kills in this one. Verhoef and Morgynn McKenzie unloaded eight each and Amanda Hammer contributed four. Briggs put up 32 assists. In the defensive department Bobbitt was in for eight digs. McKenzie had seven and with six each were Dakotah Pine and Hammer. Verhoef was high with four aces.

The Devils had entertained non-conference Spring Grove a night earlier and the formidable Rockets carried away a 3-1 match win. After Spring Grove won the first game 25-19, G-A evened the match with a 25-23 verdict in game two. The Rockets then asserted themselves for wins of 25-11 and 25-17 for the match. Gearhart delivered 11 kills and Verhoef connected with 10. Gearhart added five block assists. Bobbitt had 13 digs, while Hoover and McKenzie had 10 each.

G-A will head into the District 3-AA playoffs Monday, Oct. 31, following Saturday’s Rally in the Valley Tournament at Cumberland Valley High School.

The junior varsity Devils sailed 2-0 over Boiling Springs (25-10, 25-6) while Spring Grove won 2-0 (25-14, 25-10). In the match with Boiling, Courtney Stump had four kills and Claudia Hissong had seven set assists. Erin Koons provided four aces, while Corynn Schook was in for three digs. Against Spring Grove, Abbey Pool put down five kills and Koons had five assists. Stump dug up eight in the match and Bailey Hopkins had seven.