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Girls volleyball tops Golden Hawks

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus girls volleyball team has shown its talent at the beginning of the 2017 season.

The Hornets swept Bethlehem Catholic 3-0 last Wednesday.

“Our girls knew from last year that Bethlehem Catholic was a tough team and would be again this year,” said head coach Gwen Millets, whose team improved to 4-1 in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play. “We had a good practice the night before and really tried to prepare for what we were going to see versus Becahi. The team was excited to play [them] and I think their excitement, coupled with their preparation, helped us to beat them in three.”

The victory over the Golden Hawks was the fourth straight in the EPC for Emmaus, who also won the First Kill Tournament earlier this month against defending league champ Liberty.

Even though the Hurricanes got the better of the Green Hornets in their league matchup last Friday, the Hornets bounced back to beat Allen on Monday.

“We talk about momentum and consistency a lot during our matches, and the team knows how important they both are in matches and during the season,” Millets said. “We had a tough loss against Liberty [last] Friday, and being consistent throughout played a big role, however, with the girls determination, heart and team work. It really got us through a very competitive tournament on Saturday. The girls really bounced back from that [Liberty] loss and proved they are able to work together to meet their goals.”

Last weekend Emmaus played the Bulldog Classic Tournament at Wilson High School in Reading. The Hornets came away victorious in that one as well, defeating Exeter Township in the championship.

“It was a new tournament for us with very competitive teams, so we were looking forward to the day,” said Millets. “It is important for us to see different styles of play and be sure we are able to play under those circumstances. The team played really well on Saturday and we improved after each game played.

“In the [tournament] playoffs, our offense was really dynamic and I thought we were very consistent and aggressive on defense. More importantly, our team, who are still quite young, saw how successful they can be together and they had fun. As a coach, it was a pleasure to watch them grow in those games and succeed even when the games were tight. I’m so proud of the girls and proud of the way they played on Saturday.”

The Hornets continue their week in conference play with a home match against Parkland Wednesday followed by a match at Nazareth Friday.