EHS volleyball beats Freedom
The Emmaus girls volleyball team has been clicking on all cylinders so far through the 2018 season. The Hornets continued their win streak last Thursday night by defeating Freedom in straight sets by scores of 25-12, 25-22 and 25-18 in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action at Freedom High School.
Emmaus (7-1 overall, 6-0 EPC) has now won six conference games in a row, including three in straight sets. It is 4-0 in Skyline Division games, with the Patriots (4-3, 4-2) playing in the Steel Division.
The fast start does not come as a surprise to head coach Gwen Millets, who had a strong group of players return from last season. Her team is improving each and every day.
“We continue to work on our communication and teamwork, which has really helped us in our matches,” said Millets. “The team is committed to their goals they set at the beginning of the season and committed to fulfilling each of those goals. They work well together and are really supportive of one another.”
The fast start to the season also continued into a fast start to the match with Freedom, as Emmaus won the opening set convincingly by 13 points.
“It was a combination of great defense, a fast offense and tough serving,” Millets said. “We did our best at keeping the pace of the match and keeping the momentum on our side.”
The momentum of the first set win carried into the second set, but the Patriots also made some adjustments and fought point-for-point.
“I thought Freedom really played hard in that second set,” said Millets. “They really gave us all we could handle and were fortunate to pull that one out.”
Emmaus had an easier time in set three, taking the final one 25-18.
Junior Macy Van Den Elzen finished with 29 kills. Rebecca Dalstad tallied 21 digs, Caley McLaughlin had nine digs and Mia Pickering added five. Senior setter Caroline Bond contributed 36 assists and seven digs.
Bond and Van Den Elzen have been a force in front of the net all season, and it has shown in both of their numbers. Bond racks up the assists, and a lot of Emmaus’s kills come from Van Den Elzen each match.
“They are a great combination,” Millets said. “Because of our great defense and our serve-receive skills, we are able to give Caroline many offensive options. Caroline and Macy have a great connection and that is evident by their play and stats.”
Emmaus has a four-match week this week with games against Pocono Mountain West (Monday), Dieruff (Wednesday), Pleasant Valley (Thursday) and Archbishop Carroll (Saturday).