Emmaus girls win volleyball opener, tourney
The Emmaus girls volleyball team has gotten a lot accomplished through just the first two weeks of the 2017 regular season.
In their first weekend of match play, the Hornets came out of the First Kill Tournament on top after defeating Liberty. The Hurricanes are the defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champions and beat Emmaus in the same game last year.
Emmaus won the 12-team tournament, posting a 9-3 record overall while proving to themselves and the district that they will be a force this season.
“We definitely felt a lot of momentum for the start of the regular season after beating Liberty,” said senior outside hitter Georgia Traynor. “We really wanted to start the season off strong and winning the first tournament we played in was really exciting. We have a lot to go off of now, and it shows our potential.”
Following the tournament championship at Freedom High School, the Hornets traveled to East Stroudsburg North last Tuesday for their EPC opener. They swept Timberwolves 25-5, 25-7, 25-5.
Emmaus played its first home match of 2017 last Thursday evening and squared up against another EPC North divisional opponent.
Just like they did against ES North, the Hornets started each game fast and were never threatened as they took all three games from Stroudsburg (25-9, 25-8, 25-13).
Emmaus features some strong hitters at the net. Sophomore Macy Van Den Elzen finished the match with 12 kills. Freshman Jaya Bhagat had 11 kills. Senior Adelina Rivera-Woolard tallied six kills to power the Green Hornets attack.
Junior setter Caroline Bond, who is a three-year starter, always seem to be in the right place. She contributed 29 assists and seven digs.
Emmaus is led by a strong group of upperclassmen that have been through many postseason games, and that experience could go a long way when it comes to where the team wants to be when it’s all said and done.
“We have a good group of seniors and upperclassmen that have some great leadership qualities,” said Traynor. “But there are also some underclassmen that are proving themselves, which is good for us. It’s nice to be balanced and able to work together like we have been.”
Sophomore Kelsie Baus and junior Rebecca Dalstad each were credited with six digs.
Even in two lopsided victories to open up conference play, Emmaus has learned a lot.
“We want to quicken our offense, especially in slower games like this one,” Traynor said. “Because when the games get harder and the speed of the game is faster, we need to be able to match that intensity. We have to use games like these to get ready for what’s down the road.”
Since that win over Stroudsburg the Lady Hornets have continued to roll. They beat Pocono Mountain East Monday. Van Den Elzen had 11 kills and four digs. Bhagat had 13 kills. Rivera-Woolard chipped in with eight kills, while Rebecca Dalstad had seven digs and three aces. Setter Caroline Bond recorded 31 assists and 11 digs in the win.
Spike Out Cancer
The Emmaus girls volleyball will host it’s annual Spike Out Cancer event Monday, Sept. 25 when it takes on Northampton.
The doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the JV game starting at 5 p.m. and the varsity game to directly follow.
The team will sell food and raffle amazing gift baskets. This year 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, Inc.