Blue Devils get artistic in victory

October 19, 2004|by CHRIS CARTER/Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - During a timeout in the pivotal third game, Greencastle-Antrim coach Vicki Ritchey took a page out of the art books to help motivate her team.

"I told them that the match was like clay and they just had to mold it into what they wanted," Ritchey said. "If they wanted to win then they had to mold it into a win."

The No. 8 Blue Devils (14-3) made it a masterpiece, winning the final three games to down the No. 6 Maidens (10-5) in a Mid-Penn nondivision showdown, 24-26, 25-23, 25-21, 26-24.

"I think after the first game the girls really came into their own and were a lot more comfortable," Ritchey said. "We made some service errors in the beginning, but were able to limit them to get the win."


The first game was up for grabs with seven ties and six lead changes. Greencastle's Whitney Meyers had three kills in the game, but Waynesboro came away with the victory on a game-ending kill by Jackie Duffy.

The second game came down to the wire as well, but the Blue Devils pulled it out, thanks to a Waynesboro error on a return.

"We were fortunate to win even one game because we just didn't have it tonight," Waynesboro coach Lori Brooks said. "We made a lot of mistakes and just weren't focused."

Despite its inconsistency, Waynesboro enjoyed a lead midway through the third game before the Blue Devils scored eight of 12 points, capped by a Melanie Fries ace, to tie the game at 18-18.

The surge by the Blue Devils led Brooks to call a timeout to regroup, but Greencastle appeared better adjusted and, after Ritchey's pep talk, more motivated and came out to score seven of the final 10 points to take a 2-1 lead.

In the fourth game the Maidens again jumped out to an early lead, this time 11-2, but watched Greencastle take advantage of costly errors and suspect play to pull even at 17-17. The Blue Devils went on to score the final three points of the game on a Brittany Main kill and two Waynesboro errors to take the match.

"It was important for us to get them to make some mistakes because the games turned out to be very close," Ritchey said. "Twenty-five is the hardest point to get, so we try to play every point like its the last and it really helped tonight."

Jessica Ritchey led the Blue Devils attack with 14 kills and 16 assists. She also turned in 12 service points and 21 digs. Meyers and Maxie George each had seven kills and Meyers also had seven blocks.

JV: Greencastle 2, Waynesboro 0.

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