WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport Wildcats finished the conference part of their regular-season schedule undefeated by sweeping the Boonsboro Warriors 25-12, 25-16, 25-11 on Wednesday night in an MVAL Antietam volleyball match.
Williamsport (13-0, 7-0), the MVAL Antietam champion, has two non-conference matches remaining next week. If the Wildcats win at Francis Scott Key on Tuesday and at home against Century on Oct. 27, then they will finish the regular season undefeated overall.
“It feels really good,” Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree said. “The girls have played hard and have come together as a team. I feel like we’re really well-balanced. The setters distribute the ball to any hitter at any time. The hitters will really put it away. I think we played well defensively tonight, too. That is what it takes to get where we are.”
Senior outside hitter Sam Kelly had 19 service points, eight aces and six kills for Williamsport.
Kelly closed out the third game with 11 straight service points and was helped out by a match-ending kill by Ariah Giles.
“Most of the time, I just try to get it over,” Kelly said. “But tonight, I tried to pound it down and spot the ball. I also had a teammate tell me where to serve.”
Kelly said the team executed the way that it was supposed to Wednesday night.
“Our coach said at the beginning of the match to start strong and stay strong,” Kelly said. “That is what we did. Just to end this conference season being undefeated has been a good accomplishment by this team. I hope our wins keep rolling. We couldn’t do it if we don’t do it as a team. I feel like that we can keep winning during playoff time and I feel that we can make it all the way to states.”
Emily Taylor had 14 service points and 13 assists for the Wildcats, while Summer Neff had 18 assists, Stacey Christy had 12 kills, Ariah Giles had seven kills and four blocks and Haley Wolff added five kills in the victory.
Shelby Griffith had 10 assists and six digs for Boonsboro (4-6, 3-4), while Tiffany Rohrer had 10 digs, Shannon O’Brien had four kills and Sydney Parks and Taylor Williams added three kills each for the Warriors.
“We’re coming together late in the season, but we still have a little way to go,” Boonsboro coach Andrea Parry said. “We’re struggling mentally and having a tough time finishing games. We have the talent on our team, but the girls have to believe in themselves that they are capable of getting the job done. You have to give Williamsport credit, because they are a great team.”
Williamsport swept the JV match, 25-15, 25-22.