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Wildcats sweep Devils

September 16, 2008|by Jack Hill III

WILLIAMSPORT -- After a somewhat shaky first two matches this season, the Williamsport volleyball team is starting to put the pieces together.

The Wildcats needed solid all-around play to hand Greencastle-Antrim its first loss of the season, 25-22, 25-23, 25-22, on Monday night.

"We had an exceptionally good passing evening," Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. "When our passing is there, the rest of our game just falls into place. We were a little more aggressive on defense than we were in our first two matches. Our hitters are getting more comfortable with the setter. It is all a matter of timing and confidence. I was very pleased with our performance tonight, being this early in the season."

Cayla Broadwater, a 6-foot-1 senior middle hitter, led the way with 10 kills and two blocks for the Wildcats (2-1).

"I like to be prepared for anything; blocking or hitting," Broadwater said. "I always like to be ready for the ball. We lost our two setters from last year, but Loganne Smith has done a great job this year at setter. She has filled their shoes completely. She has stepped in and she has done great."

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"Cayla is just an animal," Crabtree said. "They call her 'The Beast' for a reason. When she pounds one, it makes the whole team pick it up a notch. She knows that it takes a good pass to get a good set, so she can pound it. She knows it is a total team effort and that is what we had tonight."

Broadwater was thrilled that Williamsport was able to sweep Greencastle (4-1).

"In last year's match, we went to five games with Greencastle and lost," Broadwater said. "A win this year was great. Both of us are whole new teams, since we lost a lot of seniors. We were down in the first game and then we came back. It showed that we can fight."

Brittany Malott had seven kills for Williamsport. Smith had 12 assists and Trisha Leigh added 10 digs.

Greencastle built a 16-10 lead over Williamsport in Game 1 before the Wildcats outscored the Blue Devils 15-6 to take a 1-0 lead. Lacee Hershberger came up with a block on game point.

Hershberger added a game-ending kill in Game 2 and a match-ending block in Game 3 for the Wildcats.

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