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Blue Devils rally to get their due

October 03, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim volleyball team lived up to its reputation of being hot and cold on Monday night.

Blue Devils coach Corry Eagler described the team as up-and-down and that account rung true against Waynesboro. The No. 4 Blue Devils were down at times, but up at the right ones to post a 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 sweep.

Greencastle faced deficits in the last two games, but showed up late each time to finish off the Indians.

"They were making some mistakes and we weren't picking up on them," Eagler said. "I was only happy with the third game when we closed it out. Other than that it was kind of sloppy."

The Blue Devils (10-1) trailed by as many as eight points in the third game. Greencastle scored 12 of 18 points at the midway spot and trailed 19-17 when Michelle Negley toed the service line.

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Negley served seven straight points to give the Blue Devils their first lead of the game and Julia Stein had the game-ending kill on an assist from Kortney Eshleman.

"We just got a whole bunch of momentum going," Negley said. "We were struggling in the first half of the game, hitting it out (of bounds), but in the second half we started killing it.

"I was thinking for a second that it might go to a fourth game, but I had faith in my teammates."

Greencastle trailed 10-7 in the second game before reeling off 14 of 19 points to take control. Waynesboro (2-5) aided the rally with eight errors.

"That was the thing for us. We would get ahead, then let down at critical points in the game," said Indians coach Lori Brooks.

"Other than that I thought each game could have gone either way."

The Indians played to a 21-21 tie in the first game before Katie Lutz came up with two kills - the second ended the game - and Amanda Ritchey added an ace.

"I knew that coming here to Waynesboro it was going tough and it was going to get loud," Eagler said. "We didn't play well at times, but that's how it's been for us. This has been an up-and-down team."

Lutz finished with five kills and five blocks and Sabrina Harbaugh had 15 digs and three aces. Negley had five kills and Bethany Berger added four.

Gillian Hollen led the Indians with 18 kills and nine blocks while playing her first game from the back row. Danielle Roxby chipped in with five kills, Leslie McKenzie had 33 assists and Jill Lininger had 14 digs.

JV: Greencastle, 2-0.

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