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Greencastle spikes Waynesboro

September 27, 1999|By DAN SPEARS

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle volleyball coach Vicki Ritchey said it was one of her team's best matches. Her opponent couldn't disagree.

With all the elements set for a letdown, No. 2 Greencastle didn't let up on No. 10 Waynesboro Monday night, romping to a 15-5, 15-8 victory.

The Devils (6-0) were coming off a resounding tournament win at Bald Eagle over the weekend and then were facing some of their friends and biggest rivals in the next match back. Greencastle played like the game was more than a friendly competition.

"We said before that we had to treat this just like the tournament over the weekend," Ritchey said. "We had a lot of fun, but we stayed focused. I just told them to keep that frame of mind tonight."

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The Blue Devils should definitely find a frame for pictures of Monday night's game, because they worked like they were getting paid overtime. The only things hitting the floor on the Greencastle side of the net were the Blue Devils themselves, who laid out for virtually every ball that came at them. It resulted in one of the best defensive efforts of the year in the area.

"It's definitely (Waynesboro),'' said Tab Eshelman, a Blue Devils' senior. "They're probably the toughest competition we've seen all year."

And on the other side, Waynesboro (4-2) couldn't get anything started. Greencastle's height at the net forced the Maidens back onto their heels from the very beginning, and they never recovered.

"We were just wound too tight," Waynesboro coach Sonnia Oberholzer said. "And we couldn't get a hand on them in the middle - no block at all. It forced our outside to pass, and we've been struggling there most of the year. Against a team like Greencastle, you can't let your guard down at all."

Greencastle's LaTonia Petersheim was the big reason for that. She caught fire in game two, getting six kills in seven attempts. Petersheim finished with eight kills and hit .583 for the night.

"She's either off or on," said Eshelman, who finished with 17 assists and five digs. "Tonight, she was really on."

Just like everyone else wearing a Blue Devils uniform.

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