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Blue Devils display control, knock off No. 1 Williamsport

September 25, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The No. 7 Greencastle Blue Devils found a few ways to control the top-ranked Williamsport Wildcats on Monday, helping the Blue Devils to nip the Wildcats 25-22, 17-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-7 in their volleyball match Monday night.

"I'm just very happy with the level of play that my girls showed and the drive that finished the match," Greencastle coach Corry Eagler said. "I think the key that really made a difference for us was double-blocking their middle attack. I think their middle attackers were their strongest attackers. Blocking them took them out of the game a little bit until they figured out a way to go around us."

Leading the way at the net for Greencastle (7-0) was senior middle hitter Katie Lutz with 11 kills and eight blocks.

"The key to our win was our energy," Lutz said. "When our energy is up, everything else is up. We had awesome teamwork tonight. I had a lot of opportunities to block and I just took advantage of them. As far as my hitting goes, I couldn't get my kills without my passers or my setters. I just saw some open spots and I took advantage of them."

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Megan George had 13 service points and 12 digs for the Blue Devils. Kortney Eshleman had 29 assists, nine service points and six kills, Kelsey Gearhart had seven kills and four blocks, Rochelle Christman had seven kills and three blocks and Katy Bobbitt had nine service points.

"We knew that Williamsport was going to be a strong team," Eagler added. "It was the first competition that we have seen so far this season. It helped that we lost to them last year in five games. It put a chip on our shoulder."

Christine Barnes had 16 assists and 14 service points, while Hailee Growden had 12 service points and nine kills for Williamsport (5-1). Cayla Broadwater added nine kills and nine blocks, Jessica Ellis came up with 19 digs and Lindsey Kneisley had 11 assists.

"We had four missed serves in the first game and five missed serves in the third game," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "That's the match. You can't do that against a good team like Greencastle. If we miss a serve, they don't have to do anything because it is a free point. Our missed serves really killed us."

In the fifth game, Eshleman got three points in a row to extend Greencastle's lead to 14-5.

After the Wildcats scored two points, the Blue Devils got the match-ending kill from Lutz.

Greencastle also won the JV match 30-28, 10-25, 15-11.

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