Prep Volleyball: Williamsport hands Greencastle its first loss

October 01, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON |

WILLIAMSPORT — Monday’s volleyball match between Williamsport and Greencastle-Antrim was not for the faint of heart.

The Wildcats gave the first two sets to previously undefeated Greencastle-Antrim, but stormed back to win the next three, defeating the Blue Devils 25-27, 21-25, 25-15, 25-17, 15-9.

Williamsport (7-1) took a quick 4-0 lead on a service by Andrea Nunnally in the fifth and final set, but Greencastle came back to tie the score. The Wildcats battled back to an 11-6 advantage, extending the lead to match point at 14-9. Lindsey Mowbray’s lone kill of the set won the match for the Wildcats.

“This win will only help us this season going forward,” said Williamsport coach Emily Crabtree. “Knowing we have to face pressure like this and that we can find a way to win will only boost our confidence.”

Williamsport was up 17-13 in the first set when a five-point service run by Greencastle’s Erin Koons put the Blue Devils up one point. Both teams battled, with Greencastle  reaching set point 26-25. Nakita Gearhart’s kill gave Greencastle (10-1) the first set.

The Wildcats were on their heels in the second set as Greencastle’s attack forced Williamsport to play a ton of defense. The Wildcats totaled 30 digs in the set.

“I told my players at the start of the third set that it takes three sets. They’ve got two. The next three are ours,” said Crabtree.

The pep talk from Crabtree seemed to shift the match in Williamsport’s favor, thanks in large part to Stacey Christy. Christy slammed six kills and had six blocks in the third game, following that up with five kills and seven blocks in the fourth. Christy had a game-high 27 kills and 16 blocks in the match.

“Stacey is our go-to. She can dominate when she wants to. She was a leader tonight,” Crabtree said.

Emily Taylor had 33 assists and 16 service points, Courtney Malott had 24 digs, MaryBeth Raidt had 20 digs and Nunnally had 17 digs for the Wildcats.

“This is a big week for us. Tomorrow at Liberty will be another battle, then we face Thomas Johnson. I want them to enjoy this win, but we’ve got to buckle down this week,” said Crabtree.

Gearhart had 13 kills, 20 digs and seven blocks, Morgynn McKenzie had 13 kills and 14 digs, Claudia Hissong had 20 assists and 12 digs and Koons had 15 assists and 13 digs for the Blue Devils.

“When we were winning we were playing as a team, but when we were losing we were trying to do too much individually,” said Greencastle coach Katie Lutz. “If we have to lose to anyone I’d rather lose to a team like that. I just wish we could have won that last set.”

JV: Williamsport, 2-0.

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